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Township Employees Barred from Council Committee Meetings

Rift between administration and council may be growing

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis' administration will now bar township employees from attending meetings of small committees of the township council.

In a letter to township council members this week, Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said the mayor has decided township employees should not attend the committee meetings of three council members, and questions about township business should be submitted in writing.

"I can't ask the council president any questions in public because he refuses to answer," said Acropolis. "What I decided to do was to have everything put in writing. If the council has a question about a project being done, put them in an e-mail and we'll answer them for you."

Council President John Ducey said Thursday that the move is "not in the best interest of the taxpayers."

"It would be nice if council members had equal access to our township employees and professionals, because that is how work gets done," said Ducey."For [the] Business and Finance [committee], various discussions take place. Scott Pezarras attended and gave information. We have no other access to him. It would only hurt the citizens of Brick, because we're going to be making decisions without input as to what the effect is."

Councilman Dan Toth also voiced concerns about the decision, including the fact that township secretaries would presumably no longer be able to take meeting minutes.

"We want to be compliant with the mayor's wishes, but we also have to make sure the taxpayers aren't negatively affected," he said.

Acropolis defended his decision on the committee meetings, as well as his decision to require requests for information from employees to be submitted in writing. He said previously, it was not known what type of discussions were taking place between employees and council members. Putting requests for information and responses in writing will help in that regard.

"That way we have evidence as to what, exactly, is being said," said Acropolis.

Ryan Meyers October 06, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Just ask any of the cops if the Mayor had cars photograpghed if they had his rivals bumper sticker on their personal car, during the last election. I agree, it has become a very sad state of affairs in Brick.
Joseph Woolston Brick October 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Wahoo, because it would take a longer time to recall the mayor at this point, than how long he has left in his term.
Joseph Woolston Brick October 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
He created his own "toxic environment". You would think the town is Amish the way people are shunning him especially people in his own party.
Joseph Woolston Brick October 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Getting tired? Most people in Brick have been very tired of all the shenanigans going on at Town Hall for a very long time. I have a feeling the next election, will be one of the most highly attended in years, especially if Acropolis tries to run again. That in my humble opinion would be the biggest waste of time and dollars for the Republican party, The Democrats could probably run Fidel Castro and win at this point, that's how tired most people are in Brick.
Marina October 09, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Everytime Stephen C. Acropolis opens his mouth he gets closer to "POLITICAL SUICIDE"

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