The News will run this insipid letter from Jane Jannarone in the Saturday edition. We have to wonder if Lou wrote it for her.
To the Editor:
As a Republican candidate for public office, Sam Fiocchi should know that the time and place of ALL public meetings of ALL government boards and committees, including meetings for the Cumberland County Board of Freeholders, must be BY LAW advertised 48-hours in advance.
In Cumberland County, these notices are posted in three daily newspapers. That notice, required by the state Open Public Meetings Act, has been part of the public meeting process for decades.
During the past year, the time or place of the 24 or 25 freeholder meetings scheduled at the beginning of each year has changed less than five or six times.
Mr. Fiocchi, who is running for county freeholder with a former municipal solicitor and a current municipal committeeman, seems not to understand about the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.
Frankly, I find it rather troubling that Mr. Fiocchi and his Republican running mates are trying to make well-advertised changes to the time or place of a small fraction of county freeholder board meetings a major issue in this election.
Economic security, educational opportunities and government integrity are issues that the residents of this county deserve to be the centerpiece of the campaign for county freeholder.
The fact that a few county freeholder meetings are rescheduled each year is a non-issue that points to a lack of ideas or vision for the county’s future.
First of all, one would have to be looking for the notice in the local newspapers several days prior to a Freeholder meeting to find the notice, which is usually buried and in fine print. Why not use the $40,000 web site to keep the citizens updated of the many date and location changes? Do you keep several days worth of old newspapers laying around your house? I don’t know about Jane, but I throw my old papers out after reading them.
Second, why are the Freeholders so inconsiderate of other people’s schedules that they believe they have the right to constantly change the date and times of the board meetings? They were elected to serve the people, something that Jannarone has forgotten and Lou Magazzu never believed in the first place.
The Millville City Commission has meetings twice monthly. The commissioners, businessmen and people with jobs somehow manage to arrange their schedule without arbitrarily changing meetings dates and locations, which would cause confusion for people that look at their calendar and know the commission meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, EVERY MONTH, unless a holiday or election day is cause to move the date and time, at which time the change is announced at the prior commission meeting.
This minor consideration appears to be too much for Lou and Jane to offer their public.