Township Committee Holds 2013's First Work Session Meeting

New format and schedule for public meetings starts tonight.

Tonight, Jan. 7, Springfield's Township Committee will hold its first work session meeting since 2009. 

The meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Department headquarters, is an informal meeting where upcoming government actions will be discussed. The Committee will vote at their regular meeting the following night, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at town hall. Members of the public are invited to attend both meetings. 

Under the schedule of government meetings presented at the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting, workshop meetings will take place once a month, on Mondays preceding second Tuesdays of each month. Regular meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, for a total of three monthly meetings. 

The functions of the work sessions were absorbed into the twice a month regular meetings in 2010. In 2011, the Committee held four monthly meetings, all on Tuesdays, again without a work session before returning to bimonthly meetings in 2012. 

BART FRAENKEL January 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM
So apparently a meeting that is open to the public isn't open enough for you. Okay, I just don't agree with you. But this was never an issue prior to Shehady changing the process and limiting the amount of discussion between the TC members. In my opinion that was not in the best interest of the township. I prefer an open public meeting where elected officials can discuss issues instead of the limited discussions under the previous administration.
Bob Groder January 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Mr. Dzikowski. I can see your point but instead of making it just here on the patch id say come to a township committee meeting and express your opinion there on the record. I always say what I have to say at TC meetings and in 2012 I was very vocal about some issues and quiet on others. I dont blame you for being angry and I think its important to let people in town hall know how you feel. I am giving Mr. Barnet a chance to prove himself on the committee as from my dealings with him I have found him to be a professional. The allegations he was charged with were basically settled out of court with no admission of guilt. the public has condemed the man without being proven guilty. I cant pretend to know what went on but its also quite possible he was set up but since he was never proven to be found guilty all im asking is for people to give the man a chance. also he cant make any decision without the rest of the TC's input when it comes to finance. plus Anthony Cancro is the township administrator and is an able man to handle this towns finances. The bottom line like me when im not happy i speak out to the TC at the meetings. I welcome you to do the same. If people dont speak out in person to the TC nothing will ever be done when it comes to any issue. ie. lots of complaints on the garbage collection issue online but not a lot speaking out at the TC meetings.
Michael A Dzikowski January 16, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Bob - I agree with you and have been to many TC meetings. I was even there when they were swearing in the new members . I wanted to first hear how Mr. Barnett would address the issue (which he knew about for years and never disclosed -first character flaw) and give the professional a chance to resign himself or at the very least step down from the Finance Committee. He did neither. Since then I have been upset that I have not been able to attend the last few meetings as my schedule has been quite busy. I did however expect an uproar from many but was sad not to hear or see any other members of the community speak out. This is an outrage - and in an era when everyone is watching Wall Street types walk away from their crimes - I'm shocked to see no reaction. By the way, almost all allegations that are settled end without admitting or denying charges. It is nothing new. The SEC has routinely included a “without admitting or denying” clause in its civil consent agreements at the request of defendants since at least the 1970s. The Center for Public Integrity reviewed more than 100 of the SEC's settlement agreements from 2010, and in every case the defendants ended the lawsuit without admitting guilt or denying charges. Check this link to learn more about the process and then tell me if you would let these men manage your money even though they admitted no wrongdoing. http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/03/24/3772/sec-extracts-fines-not-confessions
Michael A Dzikowski January 16, 2013 at 03:53 AM
The bottom line Bob is that this man is BARRED FROM SERVING AS OFFICERS OR DIRECTORS OF A PUBLIC COMPANY FOR 10 YEARS (Yet good enough to sit on the TC ?) . And is accused of fabricating and backdating contracts and other documents to facilitate the fraudulent accounting. And you want to give a guy like this a second chance with our town's finances ? I can't believe the Mayor would allow this . I don't care who takes over as I do not care about political parties (especially at this local level ) - Huber, or the Mayor himself....but Mr. Barnettt can't and should not be on that Committee This is serious and he made it seem like he was paying a parking ticket. I'll end with this Bob (and hopefully we'll see each other at a TC meeting) If it wasn't such a big deal , why wait for two years after the election to discuss it ? I think you and I both know the answer to that question.
Michael S. Dzikowski January 16, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Michael, Thank you for attempting to alert Springfield residents to the truth about Mr. Barnett. http://www.businessinsider.com/sec-complaint-against-streetcom-2012-12#ixzz2HK55Zmrn http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-270.htm http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2012/12/newly_elected_springfield_comm.htmlMr. Bob Groder (not to slight Mr. Bart Fraenkel) is simply an addicted blogger who routinely misuses the Patch and its important facility to reach out and share facts. His EMPTY CONTENT is intended to sway opinion to his confusing cause with no genuine interest in truth or ethics. "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul". -- George Bernard Shaw


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