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Haddonfield Commissioners Scheduled to Discuss Bancroft Purchase

Here's a quick look at today's work-session agenda.

A discussion about the pending Bancroft public purchase is at the top of the agenda for the borough Board of Commissioner's work session at 4 p.m. today at the Municipal Hall.

The borough and school board are backing a January bond referendum to spend up to on Kings Highway East next to Haddonfield Memorial High School.

The Bancroft discussion may be in a non-public, executive session. The board went into executive session at its last work-session meeting to discuss Bancroft.

Other agenda items include a discussion with the Shade Tree Commission on an urban forestry plan and borough health benefits.

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Joe Taxpayer December 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Aren't executive sessions by definition non public and for matters that contain sensitive material such as personnel issues, contract negotiations or things like that? Minutes are kept so you can read about what was discussed and I also believe that they have to tell the public why they are going into executive session by resolution so why do you keep trying to inflame the discussion with these petty attacks? Maryann - I think you meant OPMA. OPRA is for info requests. Brian - wouldn't the damages you referred to also apply to any grass field, stands, irrigation or track surface and would need to be fixed too or would only a turf field that is never out of service due to rain or overuse apply? I was up at Princeton U over the weekend and really enjoyed their new artificial turf field complex. Do you think they don't know what they are doing? Here's a picture http://www.fieldturf.com/en/featured-installations/princeton-university-1952-stadium Re the trees. The solution is to get rid of the old and damaged trees because if they can fall as you mentioned, then they are already a public safety hazard and could fall on some kids or spectators as we write. Thanks for bringing that up because now the boro is on notice that a resident has notified them of a public safety hazard and the law requires immediate action to rectify the hazard or they could lose immunity under Title 59 if something happens now.
Joe Taxpayer December 04, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Jeff H, just curious how does investing in a capital purchase lead the way to bigger government? Don't get me wrong, I am all against big govt and things like Obamacare and expansion of the entitlement programs and paying more for public workers pensions and healthcare but investing in infrastructure isn't making gov't bigger necessarily. You could make the same point for road repairs right? They are tax and spending but again not sure they make for big gov't.
Jeff H December 04, 2012 at 10:20 PM
JTP. INCORRECT AGAIN. SHOW ME MINUTES FROM ANY COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSIONS. THEY AREN'T POSTED WHICH MEANS THEY DON'T EXIST. BELIEVE ME SEVERAL FOLKS HAVE TRIED TO ADDRESS THIS OVER THE YEARS. TRANSPARENCY?? NOT ON YOUR LIFE. YOU HAVE A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO SIR! ALSO THE BOROUGH HAS BEEN AWARE OF THE TREE ISSUE SINCE APRIL 2010.
Joe Taxpayer December 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Are you saying that public meetings don't require minute taking or that our guys don't follow the law and keep and/or post them? have you OPRA requested them? That's a pretty strong accusation but if true, let's storm the castle!! The act requires that all public bodies take minutes of meetings including the time and location of the meeting, members present, topics discussed and members votes. The minutes of the meeting must also include note of the efforts made to post notice to the public. aren't these the minutes? http://www.haddonfieldnj.org/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/barbr44/artman/exec/search.cgi http://www.sunshinereview.org/index.php/New_Jersey_Open_Public_Meetings_Act Re trees. If the boro is aware of the dangerous tree issue and has failed to correct it, they have no immunity! Shame on them if true. Doesn't mean they are not right to buy Bancroft or put in turf fields. Even the blind squirrel gets a nut except from damaged and dying dangerous trees.
Joe Taxpayer December 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
http://haddonfieldnj.org/pdf/AccessForms.pdf Jeff H or Maryann or anyone who is looking for info, please submit this form (OPRA) to the boro. You can ask for minutes, emails, documents, etc.

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