Bloomfield Council Transfers Authority for Animal Shelter to Township Administrator

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council (2)The Bloomfield council voted unanimously last night to amend Chapter 134 of the township code, “Animals,” to officially move the responsibility for the Bloomfield Animal Shelter to Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg.

The move, which was initially approved at last week’s conference meeting, removes the shelter from the jurisdiction of the Health Department and Board of Health. It will be finalized on second reading at the next regular meeting of the council on Tuesday, February 19.

Resident Pat Gilleran spoke during the public comment period to point out that there is a measure in the township’s animal ordinance allowing the sale of any impounded animals that are not reclaimed by their owners. Mayor McCarthy explained that the ordinance had been on the books for many years, dating back to the 1920s or 1930s, and that no animals are currently being auctioned off or sold. He said that once the responsibility for the shelter is transferred to Township Administrator Ehrenburg, that Ehrenburg would then go over the ordinances pertaining to the animals and recommend any amendments that are needed.

An ordinance to amend Chapter 254, “Vehicles and Traffic,” was also passed on first reading. The change will prohibit commercial vehicles over 5,000 lbs. from parking overnight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the public streets. Taxicabs will also be prohibited from parking overnight on the streets, although exceptions will be allowed.

anthonyAlso at last night’s meeting, Anthony Todaro was sworn in as a member of the Recreation Commission.

At the beginning of the meeting, proclamations were read designating February as Black History Month, and celebrating February 3-9, 2013, as Boy Scout Week.

The next Bloomfield council meeting will be a conference meeting to be held on Monday, February 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Law Enforcement Building.

33 Comments

  1. POSTED BY geoff gove  |  February 05, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    Aren’t there a bunch of new Board members to be sworn? Seems like a lot of meetings are being canceled due to “a lack of quorum.”

  2. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  February 05, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    There were some others on the agenda last night but they weren’t there. They don’t have to be sworn in during a meeting; they can go to the municipal clerk’s office on their own and do it. Zoning Board will probably just have attorney Michael Rubin swear theirs in as he did the Planning Board members.

  3. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 05, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    ~ LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL ~
    This was sent to the town clerk to be read at the council meeting last night. I understand it wasn’t all read as I’d requested.

    Mayor, Council and Township Administrator,

    Bloomfield Health Department’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Network (NTNN) believes it deserves the privilege of managing the animal shelter. All I want – all I have ever wanted – is a well-managed shelter overseen by experienced, competent people who are in it for the love of animals and who appreciate and know the value of an all-inclusive, large core of dedicated, committed and capable volunteers.

    I have a few questions I hope Township Administrator Ted Ehrenberg will get answers to before making any decisions.

    How many years’ experience does NTNN have managing animal shelters? Please provide names, shelters managed, dates, etc. for reference.

    Since the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter is a municipal shelter and not a private entity, what level of transparency can donors, taxpayers and residents expect?

    How do you justify being an exclusive club? Why have you not included the veteran volunteers (many who are donors and taxpayers) in your alleged efforts to make the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter the best it can possibly be?

    Why have you excluded the people who worked so hard, devoted countless hours and spent hundreds of their own dollars helping the Fundraising Committee make the fundraising events the successes they were?

    What are your plans for an open, welcoming, all-inclusive volunteer program to encourage and allow as many people as to volunteer to work with the animals?

    Fundraising aside, there is far more to successfully managing a municipal animal shelter than just being a known entity in town and your connection with the Health Department. Please fill in the blanks.

    Thank you.
    Karen Banda

  4. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 05, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    I thought that the MAYOR swore in the Planning Board members and Bernard hamiton wasn’t there to be sworn in- didn’t he vote anyway?

  5. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  February 05, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    My memory is fuzzy but I think Louise Palagano swore Bernard Hamilton in quickly when he came in late. I thought Michael Rubin did the swearing in of the others but wouldn’t stake my life on it. :-)

  6. POSTED BY geoff gove  |  February 05, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    Just saw the rerun. Hamilton wandered in about a half hour late and stopped Salerno in his tracks. Rubin jumped up to swear him in.

  7. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 06, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    What would Louise Palagano be doing at a Planning Board meeting?

  8. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 06, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    In actuality the Mayor told me that the ordinance was the original from 80 or so years ago – NOT- ecodes show that it was updated in 1987.

    We’ve now got this weird ordinance where it says the township administrator is responsible for some items and the Board of health for others- mixing and matching responsibilities. Now the Township Administrator runs the shelter but look at what the Board of Health authorizes (below) Now we have an ordinance that makes no sense.

    § 134-31. Impoundment of biting dogs or cats.
    [Amended 11-2-1987; 5-7-1991]
    Any dog or cat which shall bite a person shall immediately be impounded and kept under observation at a place designated by the BOARD OF HEALTH for a period of 10 days from the date of such biting in order to ascertain whether such dog or cat is suffering from rabies. All reasonable expense in connection with such impoundment shall be paid by the owner or person in charge of such dog or cat before such dog or cat is released. If any such dog or cat is not claimed and the expenses paid at the expiration of 10 days, the dog or cat may be put to death in a humane manner.

    § 134-36. Impoundment.
    Any person appointed for the purpose by the BOARD OF HEALTH of the Township shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded and, thereafter, destroyed or offered for adoption as provided in this section:
    A. Any cat off the premises of the owner of the person keeping or harboring said cat which said official or his agent or agents have reason to believe is a stray cat.

    B. Any cat off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said cat without a current registration tag on his collar.

    C. Any female cat in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said cat.

    D. Any cat or other animal which is suspected to be rabid.

    E. Any cat or other animal off the premises of the owner reported to or observed by a certified animal control officer to be ill, injured or creating a threat to public health, safety or welfare or otherwise interfering with the enjoyment of property.

  9. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 06, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    But wait there’s more

    § 134-38. Destruction.
    Any person authorized by the BOARD OF HEALTH may cause an animal to be destroyed in a manner causing as little pain as possible and consistent with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:22-19 or offered for adoption seven days after seizure, provided that:
    A. Notice is given as set forth above and the animal remains unclaimed;

    B. The owner or person keeping or harboring the animal has not claimed the animal and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, including maintenance costs; or

    C. The owner or person keeping or harboring a cat which was unlicensed at the time of seizure does not produce a license and registration tag for the cat.

  10. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 06, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    So right now the BOH can order all of the animals at the Bukowski shelter destroyed- even though the Township Administrator has control of the shelter.

    How’s that? Guess we’re luck that the BOH has not had a quorum for a meeting since the first of the year.

  11. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  February 06, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Sorry, Pat, you are right – senior moment there. Not Louise. Maybe it was Rubin. I just have this vague recollection that he was sworn in at some point but I may be hallucinating….

  12. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  February 06, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Oh, just saw Geoff’s comment above – yes,it was Rubin. Glad to know my memory is working. :-)

  13. POSTED BY maralin  |  February 06, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Removing the Bloomfield Animal Shelter from the jurisdiction of the Board of Health and the Health Department is a good step in the right direction. Just don’t make the mistake of turning it over to the unqualified NTNN. Is Memphis finally back at home with his Coltenback family?

  14. POSTED BY sheepy  |  February 06, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    Memphis was given a forever home 2 weeks ago.

  15. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 06, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    Hey, Sheepy. Use your real name then we’ll take your posts seriously. Right now it’s just bullsh*t. And sick.

  16. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 07, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    @sheepy Please provide us proof that NTNN violated the contract. Do you have the adoption papers or photos – please send them to Baristanet so they can run a story – the headlines and response will be massive as over 48,000 people want to know about Memphis.

  17. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  February 07, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    A dog finding a forever home is sick ? It may not be the outcome people wanted in this specific case, but sick ?!?!

  18. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 07, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Yes, hrhppg, sick. Sheepy is a BoH or NTNN troll who enjoys throwing BS around. This person knows how much the Coltenbacks love and want Memphis and how overly qualified they are to adopt him. The entire situation surrounding that poor dog is sick in addition to this person trying to cause the Coltenbacks even more heartache.

    Memphis is a dog with no bite history or any serious behavioral problems who was mishandled and used as a pawn by an unqualified shelter “manager”, Karen Lore, the BoH and their sycophants of which Sheepy is obviously one. What is sick is how they refused to let a master dog trainer/behaviorist and his equally qualified wife, both pit bull lovers and experts who run their own pit bull rescue, adopt that dog and let him live his life in a loving, responsible and permanent home.

    Sick. Twisted. Disgusting. Despicable. I could go on but you get the idea.

  19. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  February 07, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    No I don’t get the idea. A dog has a forever home nothing sick about it to me.

    Not everyone thought the Coltenbacks should have gotten him – as their original misbehavior with Memphis was the start of the problems. They were given specific instructions regarding his care and they thought they knew better to bend around those instructions. Break the rules and stuff happens. If they loved Memphis then the fact that he is in a forever home should be wonderful news for them. If they are selfish people who think about themselves first then yes it would be awful news to them.

    And you as a former shelter volunteer should be happy for the dog. I’m in shock that are are not. I’m also starting to understand that firing the volunteers might have been in the animals best interest if the people working with them worried about people first and the animals second.

  20. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 07, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    I’m sorry! Do you have firsthand information about Memphis, his behavior, the Coltenbacks and the agreement they signed in order to bring Memphis home? I do. Are you aware of the smear campaign launched against the Coltenbacks by the most vocal representative of NTNN? I am. Are you aware that Jim Crosby’s evaluation of Memphis was deliberately twisted by the BoH, Karen Lore and the rest? I am.

    Are you aware of the nasty, backstabbing garbage and lies told to Karen Lore and the BoH about the former volunteers by the current NTNN representative and her followers? I am. I have all of her garbage via OPRA.

    How many years did you spend in the trenches with us, working under horrifying conditions for the animals and dealing with verbal and other abuse from shelter staff and management over the last 20 years? How much blood, sweat, tears and cash did you pour into that former hellhole to bring up to where it was when this latest group waltzed in and decided they had to be in charge and screw the rest of us who put in all of that hard work? Were you one of the people publicly defamed, maligned and had your character assassinated by Lore and her foul-mouthed group of followers? Were your children subjected to seeing members of the public subjected to foul language while being flipped off by the NTNN mouthpiece and her followers? Were you threatened physically and verbally by her family and posse?

    We were.

    You are entitled to your opinion, of course. But it’s worth more when it’s based on facts and firsthand experience. Unless I know you as a former veteran volunteer and victim of the above abuses, you have none.

    Peace.

  21. POSTED BY geoff gove  |  February 07, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    “…firing the volunteers might have been in the animals best interest if the people working with them worried about people first and the animals second.”

    hh, all the facts about the firing indicated the real cause was that they cared TOO much for the animals and not enough about covering up the malfeasance of the managers, paid staff, and fundraisers.
    http://bloomfieldgreenways.blogspot.com/2012/11/curiouser-and-curioser.html

  22. POSTED BY sheepy  |  February 07, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Memphis has been placed in a homa that is suitable for him. I’m told he is with responsible people who care for him. Maybe I’ve been lied to, I hope not.
    I’m VERY happy that he has been moved far away from here and those who forced the BAS to take action.

  23. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 07, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    “Unless I know you as a former veteran volunteer and victim of the above abuses, you have none.”

    —so ALL former volunteers at the shelter feel as you do, Karen? is that what you are saying?

  24. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 07, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    Hey Hrppg – The coltenbacks have a contract with the Bloomfield Health department that says if memphis is deemed adoptable he will go to them.

    A CONTRACT!

  25. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 07, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    From: Patricia Gilleran
    Date: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM
    Subject: OPRA request: Memphis’ Adoption Papers
    To: Joann Bruno , Ted Ehrenburg , lpalagano@bloomfieldtwpnj.com

    Please accept this e-mail as my request for government records in
    accordance with the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law
    right of access. Please respond and send all responsive documents to me
    via e-mail at pat.gilleran@gmail.com

    If e-mail is not possible, please mail responses and responsive records to me at :

    Pat Gilleran
    xxx
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    Also, I would appreciate it if you would acknowledge your receipt of this e-mail.

    Records requested:
    An unidentifiable person named Sheepy (who has in the past been in the know with Health Department and Board of Health matters) has been posting on Baristanet that Memphis has been adopted.

    http://www.baristanet.com/2013/02/bloomfield-council-transfers-authority-for-animal-shelter-to-township-administrator/#comment-351754

    POSTED BY sheepy | February 06, 2013 @ 5:47 pm
    Memphis was given a forever home 2 weeks ago.

    POSTED BY sheepy | February 07, 2013 @ 12:32 pm
    Memphis has been placed in a homa that is suitable for him. I’m told he is with responsible people who care for him. Maybe I’ve been lied to, I hope not.

    I’m VERY happy that he has been moved far away from here and those who forced the BAS to take action

    I am therefore requesting the adoption papers for the dog (pitbull) named Memphis . I do not know if they would be held at the Bloomfield Health department or with the Township Administrator who now administers the Bloomfield Animal Shelter. The date on them would be sometime in the last 4 weeks.

    Pat Gilleran

  26. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  February 07, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    A contract with a “if” in it. Was he deemed adoptable ? Or was he placed with someone who could handle him ?

    Definition of the word “if”

    1.
    a : in the event that
    b : allowing that
    c : on the assumption that
    d : on condition that

    I don’t see how the contract has been violated.

  27. POSTED BY asksueradioshow  |  February 07, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Hi Sheepy if you know so much tell us more or as they say in the UK put up or shut up!!

  28. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 07, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    No Hrppg – If he is in a forever home then he has been adopted. The contract said that if he is deemed adoptable the Colten backs get him. If he is not deemed adoptable he goes to santuary or is euthanized.

    There’s no wiggle room there. So either NTNN and the Bloomfield health Department/BOH have violated the 2 outstanding contracts- or they have not.

    We’re waiting to see.

    Per Sheepy’s post it looks like he has not been killed or sent to sanctuary.

  29. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 07, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Hey HRHPPG: I DO care about animals more than anything! Don’t you get it? If not for Karen Lore, the BoH, NTNN and the rest of the know-nothings Memphis would HAVE been in a permanent, loving, more than responsible home 6 months ago if not sooner!

    What part of that doesn’t anyone get?

  30. POSTED BY sheepy  |  February 08, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    @kbanda&patgilleran; “Per Sheepy’s post it looks like he has not been killed or sent to sanctuary.” Try as they might, I’m still alive and off my chain.

    The “part” that both of you don’t get is that the Coltenbacks are not responsible enough to handle a potential lawsuit named Memphis. They had a chance and BLEW it.

  31. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 08, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Again, Sheepy, when you post using your real name and identify the source of your “information” you will be taken seriously. Until then, you are just a troll and it looks like you’re a BoH, NTNN or Karen Lore troll.

  32. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 08, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Per Mr. Ehrenburg in an e-mail today.

    He has NOT officially taken over the Animal Shelter

  33. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 16, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Hi SHEEPY,

    I OPRA’d MEMPHIS’ adoption papers. Karen Lore says that she doesn’t have them. Who’s a liar – YOU or MS. LORE?

    We’re waiting!!!

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