Friday, January 4, 2013
Committee member Bandrowski responds to fellow official Ziad Shehady's criticism of professional contracts.
At Springfield's Township Committee re-organization meeting on Jan. 1, Committeeman Ziad Shehady caused a bit of a stir by claiming irregularities involving the approval of several resolutions authorizing the awarding of contracts to six professionals to be employed by the township in 2013. Mr. Shehady voted against the resolutions, claiming no one had seen the actual contracts nor was there a COAF (Certificate of Available Funds) to cover the costs. This last, in fact, has been issued and was irrelevant to the resolutions themselves. A review of the documents may clear up any questions. The form of the resolution is the same for each position and clearly states its purpose is to authorize the drawing up of a contract between the Township …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Former auxiliary officer and son of celebrated auxiliary officer becomes fulltime cop.
This week, the Springfield Police Department welcomed a familiar face to the force. Springfield Police Chief John Cook and Mayor Ziad Shehady swore in Ercan Sidar as a Probationary Officer at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Since December, 2011, Sidar has served the police department as Special Law Enforcement Officer and volunteered with the township's Auxiliary Police. But he was well known with the town's public safety professionals and volunteers before putting on either uniform. His late father, Tony Sidar, was a longtime, decorated member of Springfield’s Auxiliary police squad. Ercan Sidar started at the special law enforcement officer academy the week after his father died from complications from …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Former Mayor takes issue with Shehady's September Mayor's message, particularly with regards to pension deferral payment.
MOSTLY FALSE In keeping with his policy of making statements that place blame on others and place himself in a favorable light, Mr. Shehady has once again used his political acumen in writing his September message. Anyone who reads the Star-Ledger knows they print a column regarding statements made by New Jersey politicians and rate it on their Truth-O-Meter. By their definition, a mostly false statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. If there is something Mr. Shehady is good at, it is making this type of statement. In particular, after stating that the incumbent Republicans up for re-election (does anyone see a campaign plug here?) did a wonderful job in maintaining fiscal …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Officials provide information on roadwork and parks improvement efforts.
The following is a press release from Springfield's government. --------------- Capital Projects & Infrastructure Improvements Update Springfield continues to undergo major transformations this year. After the initial round of road improvements in the first half of 2012, crews are preparing to begin construction on nearly a dozen more projects before concluding one of the most productive years in Springfield history. Road improvements will commence Monday, September 10, weather permitting, on the following: Warner Avenue, Garden Oval, Cain Street (Meisel Avenue to South Maple Avenue), Alden Road and Littlebrook Road. The installation of new concrete curbing on Meisel Avenue between Linden Avenue and Maple Avenue is tentatively …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Concerns, particularly regarding safety, remain; officials assure public they will address them.
The bond ordinance for the synthetic turf field needed four votes to pass. It got five. All five members of the Township Committee voted in favor of pursuing a $3.4 million bond to fund the athletic fields proposed for Dayton High School in front of a town hall meeting room overflowing with Springfield residents. Democrats Rich Huber and Dave Amlen, who had respectively expressed skepticism about and opposition to the proposed turf field at the first hearing, explained their change of hearts before the vote. “If this passes, it will be a field for the whole Township,” Committee member Rich Huber said. “The recreation department and the Dayton Athletic Department will run the field. It’s not just a football field. It’s not just a soccer …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Committee votes 4-1 in favor of pursuing bond for outdoor athletic facility.
Following a passionate and crowded Township Committee meeting, the turf field at Dayton is one step closer to being funded. In front of an energized crowd that packed the town hall meeting room and frequently exploded into applause, four members of the Township committee voted in favor of pursuing the $3.4 million bond needed to build synthetic playing fields at Dayton. While the crowd was strongly in favor of the turf field, opponents, agnostics and skeptics made their voices heard as well. Democrat Richard Huber, a longtime leader for Springfield recreation, voted in favor of pursuing the project, but said that he had significant reservations about the synthetic field and would be researching the material and before the next and final …
Deputy Mayor Jerry Fernandez and former Township Attorney Bruce Bergen argue about support and politicization of turf project.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Shehady returns to the committee and again becomes Mayor.
In a reorganization meeting that took slightly less than an hour, Republican Ziad Shehady was sworn in as a member of Springfield's Township Committee and as Mayor. The Committee, now led by a Republican majority, also voted to fill several appointed positions. Most notably, Jeffrey Lehrer, Springfield Township Attorney in 2010, was again apppointed to that position. In his remarks, Shehady listed road work, traffic and safety, flood mitigation, electric grid maintenance and the turf field proposed for Dayton as projects requiring the attention of the committee in the coming year.
New Mayor offers plans for office hours, new meeting schedule and goals.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Good evening! On behalf of the Township Committee, I thank you all for coming to the Springfield annual organization meeting. Your support is humbling and encouraging. I would not be here today without the help and effort of countless residents who I am grateful to call my friends. I am happy to work together with all of you for the benefit of our community. I would also like to thank the veterans, all volunteers and all municipal employees in attendance this evening. And a special thank you Judge Jon Rosenbluth for administering the Oath of Office as well as my sincere thanks to our special guests. Finally, I want to thank Jerry Fernandez and Marc Krauss for their faith and confidence in me. I am excited to be part of the Township …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Former Mayor will be back on Committee.
Ziad Shehady has won the open seat on Springfield's Township Committee. Check back tomorrow for a more detailed report.