Montclair: Deputy Mayor Musical Chairs Next?

Deputy Mayor Terry was vocally critical of the council’s transparency at the special council meeting last Thursday. On the agenda for the next meeting on 10/5? A resolution to replace Terry with councilor Weller.

5. Resolution designating the Deputy Mayor of the Township of Montclair (R_10_160) (Councilor Baskerville, Councilor Weller-Demming)

It’s never a dull moment with these folks. What do you make of it? And if it was up to you….

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18 COMMENTS

  1. If this doesn’t help us deal with the budget, what will? Way to go. Do you think this will be the first item on the agenda? Do you think the public will be invited to comment?

  2. Actually, it’s a Resolution way down at the bottom, but public comment will be taken prior to the vote!

    Here’s the first things on the Agenda. Presentations can last anywhere up to a half hour or so:

    Proclamations

    October as Lead Poisoning Prevention Month

    October “Walk and Bike to School Month in Montclair” and declare October 6, 2010 “Walk & Bike to School Day” and “Crossing Guard Appreciation Day”. (Mayor Fried, Councilor Weller-Demming)

    Proclamation in memoriam Reverend George Ryder (Deputy Mayor Terry, Councilor Baskerville)

    PRESENTATION
    Transportation Trust Fund and other transportation issues

  3. PROCLAMATIONS
    October as Lead Poisoning Prevention Month
    October “Walk and Bike to School Month in Montclair” and declare October 6, 2010 “Walk & Bike to School Day” and “Crossing Guard Appreciation Day”. (Mayor Fried, Councilor Weller-Demming)
    Proclamation in memoriam Reverend George Ryder (Deputy Mayor Terry, Councilor Baskerville)

    PRESENTATION
    Transportation Trust Fund and other transportation issues

    BUDGET DISCUSSION

  4. The Deputy Mayor position may be required because of the town’s charter or something, but it’s merely ceremonial.

    The council discussed briefly the idea of changing deputy mayors back in January, after Renee brought it up, but it was dropped very swiftly and never came up again.

    The mayor and his buds on the council gave the same reason for removing Cary from the planning board and Alan from the town attorney position: we just want change (two and a half years into their term). I guess they’ll give the same reason for this one, too.

  5. Wait…what? Didn’t the voters vote Roger Terry in when the slate was elected? So that can be undone?

    So, let’s see now…
    Fried ran for transparency but was just joking;
    He doesn’t like to have to deal with council members that oppose his ideas; He only wants his cronies on the council;
    He’s got time to lead the council meeting on “Walk & Bike to School Month” (& Lead Poisoning Prevention Month – almost forgot that one);
    He’s got no time to include the budget in the council meeting;
    He’s got time to stack the council with one of his pals;
    He’s got time to travel to China twice;
    He’s got no time for the budget or anything truly serious.

    Did I miss anything??????

    Who IS this guy & what does he actually do?

  6. I would like to suggest that the council meet for 10 minutes and make all the proclamations that they want. Since they cost us nothing but time, go ahead and make some people happy. Once that is out of the way, please do a few of the following:

    1) Give us an update on the budget.
    2) Please tell us what steps are being taken to demonstrate fiscal restraint.
    3) Please let us know what the consequences of not passing the budget will be.
    4) Identify the “essential” services that will be cut back.
    5) Confirm that we have an absolute hiring freeze.
    6) Let town employees know that unfortunately there will not be any raises in the foreseeable future.
    7) Stop funding libraries, arts, and other town operations until we have the resources to do so.
    8) Identify the services that can be outsourced.
    9) Tell us when negotiations with the unions will resume.

  7. Sanford, all those things you suggest are waaaaaaay too hard for Mr. Mayor to deal with. Plus, he’s waaaaaaaay too busy (see my post above yours) for that budgetary nonsense.

  8. caphilly – The voters elected Terry as a councilman-at-large. The council always votes on who the deputy mayor will be, though it’s generally one of the at-large members. They’ve changed mid-stream before.

  9. I don’t care who the mayor is, or the deputy mayor, I just don’t want to be distracted from what is important. It may make some feel better criticizing the individual personalities and styles of council members, but the council members are not going to change in the short term and they are the people we must deal with to implement change.

    In fact, if they can resolve the budget and consequential tax issues in a responsible manner, I’ll gladly vote for them if they chose to run again. Many of us are extremely dissatisfied with the budgetary progress to date, and we cannot afford the interruptions of changing chairs and passing proclamations.

  10. Who the hell cares who the deputy mayor is. Bike Boy can nominate Jiminy Cricket for all I care.

    The real outrage are all the proclamations. Isn’t there a limit to how much one should proclaim? Isn’t all this speechifying in violation of President Lincoln’s Emancipation From Proclamations proclamation of 1863?

  11. “I think it should go over here by the railing. No, that’s too windy. Put it back here behind this bulkhead. No, then there is no sun. You care about the sun more than the wind? It’s freezing up here! How about over here? Ok, help me push it…”

  12. I can’t wait to see John Oliver on his triumphant return a year form now to the Wellmont, as advertised on Barisatnet’s home page.

  13. “UnityMontclair is dedicated to bringing real change to the Township Council with responsive and open government. We have brought together community leaders with different perspectives who will work to reach consensus on a new course of action for the Township. The slate encompasses all parts of the Town and its different points of view,” Fried stated. “I am running for Mayor because I want to help revive the community activism that makes Montclair exceptional. At the same time we need responsive, bold leadership to make the economic decisions that are essential to renewing Montclair, preserving our economic and racial diversity, and strengthening the fabric of our community. As a lifelong communications and marketing professional, I intend to use Montclair’s great ‘brand’ to help build our local economy.”

    Funny? No mentions of sustainability, bikes, China. Fraud.

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