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Revised Restructuring Ordinance on the Table Tonight

Mayor proposed eliminating unfilled job titles

The Brick Township council is set to consider a proposed ordinance on first reading that eliminates several unfilled job titles at town hall, effectively ensuring they are never filled.

The move, proposed by Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, is a scaled-back version of a larger restructuring ordinance favored by a number of council members that would have eliminated several positions – including some that were filled – and create three new ones.

Acropolis vetoed the council's passage of that measure after Township Attorney Jean Cipriani warned lawsuits could have resulted from it, potentially brought by displaced employees or even between the administration and the council itself. There were also back-and-forth arguments as to whether the move would have saved money or cost money, once employee bumping rights and the salaries related to the new positions were factored in.

The council attempted to override the veto, however Councilman Dan Toth – a supporter of the plan – was forced to abstain after Acropolis presented a letter from a conflict attorney that accused him of unethical behavior. The lack of Toth's vote resulted in the failure of the override.

On Oct. 22, Acropolis and Councilman Joseph Sangiovanni announced they would propose a new ordinance that would effectively leave the current governmental totem pole in place, but eliminate several unfilled job titles so they would never be filled.

"I'd rather see him go all in," said Council President John Ducey, of Acropolis, at the time of the proposal last month. "The mayor's plan has potential savings, which is good. Actual savings is better, but at least it's a step in the right direction."

"This ordinance will give the council another chance to eliminate these positions to make sure they are never filled and not add any further supervisors," Acropolis said at the time, adding the potential savings in his plan added up to $866,000.

forthekids November 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
If we eliminated Juan and Dave and their no show made up jobs we could save 250k in payroll, a quarter of a million a year, this does not include benefits, pension, vacation time etc. Denny still no answer from Scott on exactly what juan does to earn the 150k we the taxpayers of BT pay him, keep asking maybe he will answer one day. On a good note, heard the mayor of Hamilton got popped today for taking bribes from francis x gartland to ensure his school district gave federal risk risk management it's insurance contracts, sounds familiar, is this a trend which will continue, or just coincidence ??? Are the Feds coming to town or are they already here?????
J.JONES November 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
??? Denny D...traders cove..is it gone...and frenchmens toxic dump ..what's going there another money pit..tax payers will have shell out $$...After years of what's going on with foodtown lot..Its now serving a purpose...to the loss of homes lost....god help everyone recovering from Sandy..
Brick November 21, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Where has Bellu been the last 5 weeks? How does someone have sooooo much time to take off? Get rid of the TR mafia... Bellu,Cerone,Gilmore.
Tired of the BS November 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Does anyone really believe that if the DPW was eliminated the township would not have been cleaned up after the hurricane? It is costing us money no matter who cleans it. Seriously... This should be a wake up call to everyone. We need to find ways to generate & save money and stop bitching about it. We, the people, whom our government is supposed to protect & serve need to demand a better quality of work ethic at a minimum cost. I still believe that a council & administration with no party obligations would serve us better. The people complaining about the mayor, Bellu, etc..having two or more jobs need to rethink their comments because some of them are also doing the same thing.
Slippery Slope November 25, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Glennwood ave boat ramp is reopened. The barriers that Acrapolis put up have been removed. Why?

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