Tabernacle Hides Info On Municipal Court Deal

The township continued to conduct business in an opaque and non-transparent manner with its approval of a deal with Woodland Township to share municipal court services. If adopted by Woodland Township, the shared services agreement would then require the approval of the New Jersey Superior Court in Burlington County. The committee adopted Resolution 2018-51 without Read More…

Tabernacle Committee Advertises For Public Safety Director. Tables EMS Decision To Consider Director’s Opinion

At its February 26, 2018 meeting, the township committee tailored its job description for the Public Safety Director (PSD) position and voted 4 to 1 to advertise for applications (Committeeman Rick Franzen voted no). The committee decided that candidates shall be from Burlington County. The hiring was put on a fast track and is expected Read More…

Three Interesting Items From The February 12, 2018 Tabernacle Township Meeting

1. Still Waiting For The Perfect Moment? Although the Public Safety Director position and the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Emergency Services/Contract were each listed for discussion on the committee’s February 12, 2018 meeting agenda, the Committee didn’t discuss them. Instead, both items were again tabled for discussion at a future meeting. The committee’s reason Read More…

Tabernacle Committee Finally Gets TRS Roster

The township finally received the Tabernacle Rescue Squad (TRS) roster. It took a long time (years) for this to happen. At the January 2, 2018 township meeting, the committee officially adopted the TRS roster, and the rosters of the fire company and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). There are many reasons why the township Read More…

Tabernacle Committee Poised To Reject Reform Of Open Public Meetings And Open Public Records Acts

In a move that runs counter to the public interest, local governing bodies are adopting a resolution opposing legislation that would modernize and strengthen the state’s Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records Acts (OPMA and OPRA). The resolution is a generic, pre-written document, which is being circulated throughout the State by The Municipal Clerk’s 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…