Brigantine Council Meeting Videos Deleted. Info Blackouts.

Let’s keep Brigantine 2nd homeowners in the dark. It certainly seems that way. WATCH VIDEO. “You can DVR it”, says the snickering Simpson, obviously not caring that 75% of taxpayers don’t have access to the local signal.

It’s well noted that U-stream used to record & archive every meeting. It worked great and was cheap. Well less than $100 per month to do this.

Councilperson McClay was accurate in her assessment of U-stream, whereas Bennett defended in a some-what opaque, less than transparent way. Quoting a cost of $500 per month was not accurate for Brigantine’s specific need. The U-stream $99 package will get the job done.

Listen & Watch Video Below > Chief Bennett reported that the $99 package is not available to government agencies. Not true. All that is needed is pre-payment via credit card, which is normal for purchasing web services online.

Ex-Police Chief / City webmaster Reed originally try to scare council by saying it would cost well over $1,200 per month for web broadcasting & archiving council meetings, and then making them available on-demand. That was a total fabrication designed to keep 2nd home owners in the dark. 

At the time, Reed was ‘grandfathered’ into a cheap $20 per month deal for the U-stream auto-recording & archive service. Reed decided to let that subscription lapse. U-stream then deleted 2 years’ worth of legal video recording of Brigantine City council meetings. Note: those video clips were considered 100% admissible & accurate in a court of law…..whereas a typical City Clerk document of meeting minutes are sparse, spotty and when compared to video are severely edited. Some call them ‘white-washed’.

The Brigantine City website is a public owned asset, not a propaganda tool for any political party.

A municipality should have never allowed a public union employee like Police Chief Reed to act as the city’s communication, web, marketing, PR & tourism person for the city. It’s a conflict of interest and invites plenty of mischief. Example: it’s well-documented that ex-Police Chief Reed managed his own private business directory on the City website…with no Council OK or oversight. Reed also created an un-official Facebook page using the City logo and credentials, and was sole owner of the City’s domain name ‘bb-nj.com’. Last but not least, Brigantine’s ex-police Chief Reed was ultimately confronted by a former public safety director about his access to reading council’s private emails. Thankfully, Reed is gone. Unfortunately, taxpayers are on the hook for Reed’s pension & healthcare for a very long time.

Moving forward……there is a bright spot on the horizon.

Jim Bennett is now Brigantine’s official Police Chief. He’s a great cop, emergency manager & city leader. It’s about time he became Police Chief. But most believe he should not manage City marketing & communications. That’s a critical, full time job for a non-partisan professional.

Digital Monkey Business Going on For Years. WATCH >

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Second Home Owner

It is amazing to me that a town as awesome as Brigantine is being run by such incompetent people. I have spent summers in every major shore town in the past. There is no better place to spend the summer than in Brigantine. But due to the morons running this town, we have an unbelievable amount of undervalued homes for sale and we have more vacant business than any shore town I have been in. Why is it that our home values are so low? We all know why. The lack of respect for second home owners is amazing. Without… Read more »

JIM

ITS because part time residents cannot vote.

Soon I will put up an online petition urging all of state and local officials to permit part residents to be able to vote in local elections.

We pay 80% of the taxes and have no representation.

knobbs

I wish Ms. Phillips would have replied to Andy “Dick” Simpsons comment about DVR’ing it. “Please state for the record step by step how one can DVR the council meeting” then pressed him about being a public servant and making such a arrogant comment.

knobbs

We should go through the process of renaming Brigantine to Crooked Island.
Its been done in NJ before New Orange and German Valley were renamed.

Taxpayer

I turned on channel 97 expecting to see the council meeting, but unfortunately it was blacked out. This is a way for residents who are not physically able to go to the meetings, to watch it at home. Hopefully,
this will be remedied so the taxpayers can see what is happening in their town….

Got out just in time

Brigantine is probably the most corrupt small town in New Jersey. It’s confounding that the pols refuse to stop the scams in the interest of securing the town’s future. Instead, it’ll go back to being the waterfront podunk low rent burg it was previously.

70%R

The corruption/incompetence is astounding. Fortunately, these activities will come to an end and the violators will be prosecuted (wishful thinking?)… Brigantine will never become a “low-rent burg”. In fact, the taxes needed to cover the expenses of the corruption/incompetence and BAD contracts/deals will soon run the “lower end” Shoebee haters out of the place that they love. Eventually, corruption/incompetence “backfires”… In the meantime, high-end 2nd Homeowners will continue to foot the bill until the bubble bursts for the lower-end Owners. The RISE in taxes to cover the WRONGS will push the “Townies” out.. The rich will then have the Whole… Read more »