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…

Tabernacle Mayor Unhappy With Half-Baked Budget

With the April 24, 2017 budget vote deadlocked at two votes for (Franzen, Brown) and two votes against (Barton, Yates), the attention turned to Mayor Steven Lee to cast the decisive vote. He anguished about it for about five minutes and spoke about his unhappiness with the budget. But he voted for it anyway, joining Read More…