Concerning the last board of trustees meeting at Manorhaven Village on Aug. 22, I would like to clarify some items that transpired. In reference to "Property Maintenance," everyone knows that I'm in favor of this local law. Prior to the Board of Trustees Public Meeting and Work Session that was held on Aug.16, there were agreed changes to be made to the "Property Maintenance" document.
At the public meeting, however, there was no final edited copy available for my or the public's review. Further, the requested changes were being read aloud but who could follow it? So what does this mean? Theoretically it is the equivalence of signing a blank check. There could be items changed, added, deleted, or even re-worded to have a possible different meaning or intent. I can't imagine that it is policy, or even appropriate to approve items which are not presented in its final edited version for consideration to the board and the public. As I'm in favor of this "Property Maintenance" action, I would like to see it on the agenda immediately, with the final edited version available both to the trustees and the public. I am trying to do the best I can with the interest of the public. You are the ones who put me in this position, and I intend to do the right thing for all.
In reference to the Waterfront Development (E-2) Public Comment portion, again, changes were made at the work session held on Aug. 16. But, again, the changes were read out loud but no one, the public nor myself and the board had the final copy. Also, the map displayed was also incorrect (again!). I was glad to see many residents present and the opinions you expressed are very valuable. As per Mayor Capozzi all the items that were raised were documented and the board of trustees will have an opportunity to review and respond to the public, as we were not allowed to answer any questions during the public hearing. When will we answer these questions and who will answer them? I'm waiting for an answer for that as well. I guess it was extremely apparent that the mayor was short with almost everyone, which set a tone for the entire evening. Although I'm new to the political arena, it seems that there are many obvious alliances, opposition, and friendships that literally dominate the village agenda and events. I apologize for asking too many questions or speaking out of turn, but it seems like that is the only way to be heard.
For those who are concerned with the Waterfront Development (E-2), a Special Meeting was to be held on Sept. 6. This meeting was cancelled because one trustee (out of the 4), which happens to be the new trustee appointed by the Mayor, could not attend. Is this normal? As far as I know, any special meeting or board of trustees meeting can be held if there are at least two trustees present. So why was this meeting cancelled? Ask your friendly mayor who's available for a cup of coffee 24/7.
PS-Did anyone notice that Trustee Tomlinson was not there? He resigned and the mayor appointed a new trustee. Also, Carolyn Weber was appointed Deputy Mayor. It would have been nice if this was announced at the public meeting.
Rita Di Lucia
Trustee of Manorhaven Village