Garwood Council Meets Tonight
See the meeting agenda and a recap of the drama from council's last meeting.
Garwood Council convenes for their second April meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall.
Highlights on tonight's consent agenda are a resolution authorizing employee evaluations, two part-time hires for the Department of Public Works and the purchase of a sidewalk grinder machine. There are no ordinances on tonight's agenda.
At council's last meeting, the 2012 municipal budget was approved. The total tax increase is 3.8 percent over last year, 10.51 tax points, which equates to an increase of $105 per 100,000 in residents' assessed home value. Read more about the budget here.
Also at that meeting, tensions erupted: Mayor Patricia Quattrocchi relieved Councilman Jim Mathieu of his duties as recreation liaison after receiving an email from Recreation Committee Chairman Rich Bree. Bree told her Mathieu misrepresented to council what happened at the committee's last meeting.
In addition to the removal, Councilman Victor DeFilippo asked for Mathieu's resignation from council, arguing that Mathieu had caused ill will and bad feelings among multiple departments within the borough and has ignored legal advice from the borough attorney.
In response to his removal as rec. liaison, Mathieu claimed that Bree was not even in attendance at the meeting he reported to council about. To DeFilippo, Mathieu responded by asking the councilman to "actually join the council," claiming that DeFilippo often missed council, planning board and committee meetings. Mathieu continued, telling DeFilippo not to call his home when he's "half in the bag," and claiming that this week the councilman called him several times late at night, intoxicated, demanding his resignation. See video of the argument here.
All are welcome at tonight's meeting. Check back after the meeting for our report.