Friday, July 8, 2016

Township promises openness and transparency going forward at Master plan commitee meetings

The newly formed master plan committee, going forward, will be open to the public, that is what committeeman Lichtenstein liaison to the committee said at last nights township meeting. A local resident complained about the fact that the public is not being informed about the new master plan. Why is the public not invited to these advisory committee meetings? this master plan is important to everyone in this town she said not just to the advisory committee. The resident also called the DCA the govt agency in charge of committees and boards and they said the state does not require records but the state requires minutes and someone should be required to take minutes.
Meir Lichtenstein responded the last 2 meetings were only of educational and technical nature and no zone changes or any discussions took place.
The meetings were about educating the members what their obligations of the master plan committee is. The second meeting was about how to get members of the public on the subcommittee and how many members should be on the committee. 

8 comments:

  1. The town manager must be disciplined for denying public access and the self interests and private institution should not be making self-serving decisions for the general public. The master plan commitee should be a cross section of the town. 1st amend activist, keep it up!!!

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  2. If that is so then why were they so ready to call the police to remove the fellow taking audio/video. After all it was only about "educating members"

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  3. If you watch the video the township manager clearly contradicts Mr. Lichtenstein. He said that they don't want the public to know what is being discussed and which areas are being rezoned. So who is telling the truth.

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  4. What a load of bunk, The committee was caught by first amendment activist when they held a private meeting without informing the public. The committee is stacked with realtors developers and vaad members among others in position of power. Are we such fools to believe that they are transparent, that there are no conflicts of interests? Sorry Mr. Lichtenstein lets have a public vote on who can be placed on the committee that will show real transparency.

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  5. Tarus v. Pine Hill, 189 N.J. 497 (2007): members of the public have a common law right to videotape public meetings, subject to only reasonable restrictions.

    The N. J. Open Public Meetings Act requires that all public meetings be open to the public, with only a narrow range of exceptions.

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  6. Why did first amendment not video the meeting

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  7. "The second meeting was about how to get members of the public on the subcommittee"

    That is how to make it look as if they have members of the public without having the self interests losing control.

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