Brigantine City Council voted YES on WED Oct 7, to a substantial new contract with the Fire Department. FD union leader; Tiger Platt of Absecon was quite pleased. Brigantine taxpayers not so much. Second homeowners with no representation (footing 70% of the Brig bills) were none to happy about this new burden they’ll be forced to bare.
It’s not just 2nd homeowners getting pick-pocketed. The local full-time residents not connected to city hall are getting hurt even more. Lower property values, job loss, remnants of Hurricane Sandy, and a struggling economy are forcing many to sell their Brigantine homes. Some are just picking up… and walking away.
Fear of retaliation and harassment from Brigantine insiders keep most quiet about this budget busting union contract.
Some Contract Highlights:
Base salary now includes items that are NOT allowed. Why would City Manager Stinson do this? Answer: It dramatically increases pension payouts to retirees.
The complete FD proposed contract was not shared with the public prior to the Council meeting. Even solicitor Scerni said it should be. City Clerk Lynn Sweeney did not to share the document via the agenda posted on the BB-NJ website. Guenther, McClay & Simpson passively gave OK to hide contract terms…ready for a vote, prior to the meeting. Once again, the Brigantine public was kept in the dark.
Congratulations to Bill Baldwin. He’s the brother-in-law of Mayor Guenther. He’s also the husband of a very well paid Brigantine school employee. Baldwin is the Brigantine ‘Fire Official’.
Here’s a few goodies of Baldwin’s new deal, courtesy of City Manager Ed Stinson. SEE VIDEO >
- $122,000+ base pay
- 4 day work week at 36 hrs pr week.
- 8 full weeks of vacation
- 180 hrs of Sick Time
- 6 Paid Holidays
- 2 Bonus days & 1 Personal day
- 12% base pay raise & continued longevity bonus
- Full health care w/ very limited contribution
- Health care contributions avoided for past 4 years
- Cadillac Tax picked up by taxpayers in 2018
- Pension (Potential non-compliant funneling of certain comp into base pay to increase pension)
Seems like City Manager; Ed Stinson NEVER has an answer on how taxpayer dollars are spent. He’ll get back to ya? Stinson’s responsiveness is spotty at best.
In video below, Brigantine Public Works chief John Doring admits to buying new $3,100 ice maker for Mad Dog’s Golf Course food business at The Links by using taxpayer funds.
Doring should have been reprimanded/terminated on the spot? No. He was given a pass by Guenther, Simpson & McClay.
Councilman DeLucry was the ONLY person to question that ice-maker purchase & payout. SEE VIDEO >
When it was time for discussion of The Links Golf Course, the Internet broadcast of the council meeting magically turned off. Calls to City Hall went unanswered as Mayor Guenther, Council members Simpson & McClay preferred to keep the LINK talk private as they take the course ‘non-profit’.
We contacted Councilperson McClay….no response. Police Chief/Webmaster/Minister of Propaganda Tim Reed, Mayor Phil Guenther, Councilmembers Lisa McClay & Andy Simpson had no comment on this Brigantine City Hall Internet glitch #642
Residents allege that majority council is virtually stealing The Links Golf Course, liquor license, and food & beverage concession via Mad Dog Morgan & and a Florida-based ‘shell’ entity that Brigantine taxpayers send $6,000 – $9,000 to each month: Meadowbrook Golf Management Co.
Simpson & Guenther taking BRIGANTINE LINKS GOLF non-profit?
This will create even less transparency.
Taxpayers will never benefit from the upside potential of THE LINKS….but will still be saddled with handling most of the expenses. Ex: new $3,100 ice machine for Mad Dog Morgan.
As guests on Harry Hurley WPG 1450 Radio show have suggested: ‘Shenanigans’ can happen when towns own golf courses….and they become non-profits.
An effort could now be underway to stop all donations to the Brigantine Democrat Club. Under consideration is the re-allocating of those monies to hire an attorney. This law firm would be skilled in municipal law. They would represent 2nd homeowners who pay 70% of the bills, and have been kept in the dark about their voting rights.
Guenther, Reed, Simpson, McClay, Sweeney, Platt, have been placed on notice by this group.