Items of note from the Brigantine City Council meeting of FEB 4, 2015.
Brigantine not paying bills on time. Mayor says better accounting is needed. Recent late pay of City Hall electric bill….forced the utility to threaten a power shut down. This was acknowledged by City Manager Stinson.
The current part-time position of Brigantine CFO…. is being considered for an upgrade to full-time.
Councilman DeLucry questioned a sizable bill from new auditors appointed by Mayor Guenther. In just a few weeks, a $7,800 invoice was submitted for payment. Invoice had no detail or line items. City Manager Stinson unable to explain services connected to that bill. Situation reminded those in attendance of past ‘no-detail’ invoices from Doran Engineering.
Stinson admitted he’s still playing role of City Engineer, along with new position of City Manager. Unknown if Stinson is still handling Zoning Officer and Mercantile roles. Updated pay and compensation info for Stinson was not released.
The BTA (Brigantine Taxpayers Association) noticed continued lack of web updates by Police Chief/Webmaster Reed on BB-NJ municipal site. Note: Tech glitches affected first 30 minutes of the online council meeting webcast.
BTA also asked about the recent appointment of a ‘Brigantine Medical Director’. Most in the room were surprised to hear that Brigantine even had one. Compensation for that position was not released. Fire Captain Bordanaro, filling in for Chief Weidner stated that Brigantine always had a medical director and by law, must have one. Unknown if Captain Bordanaro was paid as ‘acting chief’ for his attendance at this council meeting. Chief Weidner, a salaried employee, would not have received extra pay for his attendance at a meeting like this.
Links at Brigantine Golf course was discussed…….but no talk of Jaworski Golf managing our money losing asset. Opposition (Piccardi, McClay, Delucry) made no inquiries into potential Jaworski Golf deal. But….Brigantine taxpayers will spend close to $300,000 for new golf carts. Council OK’d the extended 4 year lease that will cost Brigantine $6,095 per month. That’s $4,800 more than previous golf cart vendor deal. (over 4 year period)
Mayor Guenther curiously didn’t question long length of the golf cart lease, in light of pending negotiations with Jaworski Golf. Some asked why City wouldn’t tap into Jaworski’s supply of golf carts and other resources. Guenther did ask about color of carts, noting that darker colors attract greenhead flies.
Mike Brennan; President of The Brigantine Chamber of Commerce asked council to limit…or forbid….the Farmers Market to accept vendors that might compete against local Brigantine stores. A pizza vendor (popular Tony Baloney?) seemed to be main target of Chamber anger. In 2014, most Chamber members boycotted the popular Farmers Market.
Price for a 2015 Farmers Market vendor slot will jump from $75 per season….to $220 per season. $20 of fee is for application process and doesn’t guarantee vendor placement at the market.
Chamber President Brennan also noted power (and pain) of social media. Brennan disputed Facebook rants by Hockey Coach Chris Howe’s Real Brigantine site…. that suggest City & Chamber are at odds. Coach Howe has upset Chamber members by launching his own tourism and marketing site, similar to the BB-NJ Business Directory managed by Officer Tim Reed & OK’d by former City Manager Blumenthal.
More Chamber News: It’s official, the Chamber has parted ways with Chamber VP; Joe ‘Moose’ Muscemeci of Atlantic Coast Realty. Fresh blood was needed as Chamber was top heavy with Realtors and has been losing membership at a faster pace. Muscemeci’s lack of Internet marketing skills may have contributed to his departure.
Councilman DeLucry talked about Beach Committee meetings.
- Meeting minutes still not shared publically or posted by Police Chief / Webmaster; Tim Reed, on BB-NJ municipal site.
- Items for discussion: expand 4×4 area? NO
- More regulations for street & beach ice cream vendors
- Jet Ski regulations
- Increased safety concerns about COVE. Mix of trucks, fishing, jet skis, boats, red cups, kids…without lifeguards. ( NOT DISCUSSED )
- No need for beach tags at The Cove. ( NOT DISCUSSED )
- Inlet Jetty is rare example where local beach town allows anyone to walk out onto jagged and treacherous rocks. ( NOT DISCUSSED )