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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hot topics guarantee a lively Council meeting Monday

The search for 'just and capable government' continues
Monday evening.

Nobody enjoys a boring City Council meeting. Several items on the agenda for Monday's combined agenda setting/business meeting seem destined to create a stir. Note that the combined meetings begin at 7:00 PM, not the customary 8:00 PM.

Also note that most of the interest is liable to be focused on four of the ordinances up for second reading and final passage. Since there are no ceremonial matters listed, it looks like the meeting will plunge right into the ordinances, so be early or you may miss an item of interest.

Also, the second reading of ordinances includes a 'public hearing' section. That is the time to come to the mike if you have something to say. Action (votes) will be taken on each ordinance in order. If you don't speak during the 'hearing' portion, your voice will not be heard before the vote.

Here are the ordinances that seem most likely to give rise to public comment, listed in the order in which they will be taken up --
  • MC 2017 - 36 Muhlenberg Hospital Property -- granting a tax exemption to the developer;

  • MC 2017 - 39 Replacement of the current SID with a new, city-controlled one;

  • MC 2017 - 40 Raising the Mayor's salary (to $75,000 per annum); and

  • MC 2017 - 41 Raising Council member salaries (to $25,000 per annum).
The Council President may set a limit on each person's comments, similar to that for the "Public Comments" section of the meeting (5 minutes per person, non-extendable, non-transferable). Don't say you weren't advised!

The meeting is in the Council Chambers / Courthouse at Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street. Parking in the street or in the lot across from the Police HQ.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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