More details emerge about the Clary Anderson privatization issue from the Montclair Times, including some tough talk from town manager Joe Hartnett and a family connection between the township attorney and United Skates.
Asked whether municipal officials had met with Ohio-based United Skates of America prior to this process, Hartnett acknowledged he had met with company representatives about a year ago when officials started to examine the idea of contracting with an outside management company. Hartnett said United Skates of America is “a recognized company in New Jersey,” and municipal officials meet with companies all of the time.
The township manager noted that he has been looking to apply a similar strategy to the sewers, swimming pools, and the first aid squad.
“Everybody in Montclair needs to wake up to the fact that we have to be fiscally responsible and fiscally disciplined,” Hartnett said. “This is a town where everybody wants everything, and it isn’t going to happen ‚Ä¶ People in the community and the new council members, as well, need to start listening.”
Some citizens have pointed out that an employee of United Skates of America named Bill Irving is a former manager of the Clary Anderson Arena and is Township Attorney Alan Trembulak’s wife’s son-in-law.
“I thought it was common knowledge,” Hartnett said of Irving’s relationship to Trembulak. “But it was a non-factor in evaluating the proposals.”