Tabernacle Township’s Latest OPRA And OPMA Violations

Tabernacle has admitted in Superior Court that it violated the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). It also admitted that it’s been violating the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). These aren’t surprising admissions for those who have been watching. In the consent order to settle this complaint, which I filed in May 2018, Tabernacle agreed to

Tabernacle Admits To OPRA And OPMA Violations; June 2019 Meeting Videos

There are 565 municipalities in New Jersey. Last week, through a Superior Court consent order, a Tabernacle Township employee received a civil penalty for “knowingly and willfully” withholding public documents, since the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) became law in 2001. Separately, in the same consent order, the Tabernacle Township Clerk was ordered to retract

Tabernacle’s 2019 Budget: Tax And Spend

2019 Budget. Tabernacle’s 2019 municipal budget was the main item for discussion at the April 8 committee meeting. Committee members again demonstrated that they would rather increase taxes than decrease spending or increase revenue. No belt tightening for this committee. The committee directed Chief Financial Officer Rodney Haines to make final tweaks on a budget

Tabernacle Tables Ordinance It Blindly Advanced

Gross Vehicle Weight Ordinance. At the March 25, 2019 meeting, the township committee tabled ordinance 2019-1, which would have increased the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of vehicles allowed to be parked in residential zones from 12,500 pounds to 17,500 pounds. The motion to table occurred after residents, during the public hearing, provided relevant information on Read More…

Tabernacle Township Introduces New Official Seal

April 1, Tabernacle, NJ At a recent meeting, the Tabernacle Township committee decided to revise the township’s official seal. Mayor Barton said: I’ve privately run the numbers and determined that we’re much more than corn and asparagus. Committeemen Lee and Moore, anticipating recognition of Tabernacle’s long and proud history of cranberry and blueberry production, were Read More…

Welcome To “Tabernacle Rescue Squad Township” Where The Squad Gets The Gold Mine And The Residents Get The Shaft

At the January 22, 2019 township meeting, the committee approved a contract with the Tabernacle Rescue Squad (TRS) for EMS services and a new use license agreement for the TRS’s use of the Emergency Services Building (ESB). The new contract and use license agreement are supposed to fulfill the promise the committee made to the

Tabernacle’s Emergency Services “Plan” Still On The Brink Of Failure

At its December 27, 2018 meeting, the township committee took the first of two big steps backwards in its five-year slog to develop and implement a centralized emergency services plan. First, it accepted the resignation of Arch Liston, its public safety director. Mr. Liston was a highly experienced, independent administrator who was hired to recommend Read More…

Negotiations With Tabernacle Rescue Squad Continue

Township Committee held a massively long, three-hour closed session at its November 26, 2018 meeting (aka executive session). The agenda items for the closed session were the Tabernacle Rescue Squad contract, 2019 professional appointments and the possible purchase, lease or acquisition of a property. When they returned from closed session, committee members made no comments Read More…