More Secret Tabernacle Rescue Squad Deals, Little Detail On Public Safety Ordinance

The Tabernacle Committee continues to stumble over centralizing the delivery and management of emergency services, which was its stated reason for dissolving the fire district. The actual reason was the committee’s need to use the district’s money to plug a hole in its own budget. The committee’s dissolution of the fire district and its grant Read More…

Tabernacle Mayor Hides Agenda Item Yet Again

In Tabernacle, the mayor has the power and responsibility to set the agenda in advance of an upcoming public meeting. Typically, the mayor works with the township clerk the week before Monday’s meeting. The clerk posts the agenda on Tabernacle’s official website late Friday afternoon. Usually, the posted agenda includes the resolutions, ordinances and the Read More…

Tabernacle Committee Struggles With Plans For Public Safety Director

The introduction of Ordinance 2017-7, which creates a Department of Public Safety to coordinate all township emergency services, was derailed and tabled after 1.5 hrs of spirited discussion. The lengthy discussion was unusual. The committee rarely discusses issues when they instruct the township attorney to draft an ordinance. Members rarely discuss ordinances when they are Read More…

Tabernacle And TAA Make Sneaky Deal

The Township Committee’s December 12, 2016 approval of a contract with the Tabernacle Athletic Association (TAA) continued two of its most irresponsible and sneaky practices. First, the Committee worked out the TAA deal behind closed doors and then brought the finished contract back for formal passage in a public meeting without any substantive discussion.  Second, Read More…

Tabernacle’s 2017 Reorganization And Resolutions

The new year is the time when local governments reorganize. Tabernacle held its 2017 committee reorganization meeting on January 3. Stephen Lee, IV and Joseph Yates, IV were re-nominated mayor and deputy mayor and were sworn in. The Committee then adopted Resolutions 2017-1 through 2017-24 to make various appointments and address administrative issues such as Read More…

Tabernacle’s PENGATE

It is said that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” But in Tabernacle, the pen is a wasteful, pointless, give away trinket.  Tabernacle’s recent purchase of 250 promotional pens, at a cost of $793.96, raises questions about the Committee’s common sense about spending tax revenue. According to the purchase order, the pens are “Metallic Read More…