Daily Archives: December 7, 2010

>Accelerated Tax Sale Scheduled for December 28th: approximately 1300 residences and businesses to be included

>According to a notice posted on a bulletin board outside the Middletown Clerks Office the date for the Township’s accelerated tax sale has been set for Tuesday December 28th and will take place at 10:00 am in the Courtroom of the Municipal building.

After looking over the notice last night during the Township Committee’s monthly workshop meeting, it seems that approximately 1,300 township residences and businesses will be up for sale for the lack of paying property tax and/or sewage bills.
Some of those included in the tax sale owe as little as $27 (606 Main St.) while others owe upwards towards $85,000 (820 Navesink River Rd), the vast majority however seem to owe $2,000 or less.
As of right now there has been no notice or information of this sale posted on the Township’s website, I have looked diligently for it after hearing about how to find Township Committee meeting minutes that were missing from their usual place and can find nothing.
I am sure though that over the next few days notices will start to appear in local publications announcing the sale and the properties that will be included. It would just be nice if residents could have access to this information before hand n the name of open and transparent government.


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>Rumor From The School Yard Was Correct: Middletown schools superintendent to retire

>Well,well, well… I guess I wasn’t wrong afterwards when I posted back on November 18th that Middletown School Superintendent Karen Bilboa had handed in her resignation at the previous nights Board of Education meeting.

Afterwards the Asbury Park Press’s Jennifer Bradshaw followed up on that post and ask Bilboa directly if she had indeed resigned and was planning to leave.
Bilboa denied that she was leaving andattributed the rumor on a misunderstanding:
…”It seems to be that Chris Parton at the end of the meeting announced that the board was going into executive session (to discuss) the superintendent’s contract,” she said.

From there, someone may have “jumped to conclusions” that she resigned, Bilbao said“…. it was reported.

So now, just posted a short while ago on the Asbury Park Press website is the following:

Superintendent of Schools Karen Bilbao has given notice that she plans to retire, and hopes to end her time with the district on Jan. 31, 2011.

In an e-mail to the Asbury Park Press, Bilbao said that she submitted the letter on
Dec. 1, which would give 60 days notice of her intent to retire.

The Board of Education personnel committee is scheduled to meet on Dec. 8, and will be discussing the resignation, she said.

It will be an agenda item at the Dec. 15 Board of Education meeting, Bilbao said.

So what will Karen Bilboa be doing after with herself after January 31st? From what I have been hearing lately she will be working for the NJ State Board of Education in some capacity as a curriculum advisor.


Filed under Asbury Park Press, Middletown Board of Education, resignation, Superintendent Karen Bilbao

>Missing Meeting Minutes Found

>I want to thank Middletown resident Carol Stiglin for following up on my behalf and finding out where the missing Middletown Township Committee Meetings Minutes are posted on the Township website. I have been extremely busy lately and haven’t had much “free” time to follow-up on a number of issue that have been going on around me.

Ms. Stiglin is a Shadow Lake Village resident who can not easily make it out to township meetings, she is a leading proponent in having township meetings televised. She has gathered hundreds of signatures over the past months from residents that also wish to have meetings televised. She believes that by televising meetings, it would be a great benefit to those like herself, who cannot make it easily out to a township meeting to remain active and informed about what is happening with the local government.
With this in mind and after reading my post two weeks ago about Township Committee Meeting minutes after April 5th, not being posted online on the Township website, she decided to see for herself.
Ms. Stiglin stated to me that after nearly an hour online, going over the Township’s website looking for updated meeting minutes all throughout the various webpages, she finally gave up and called the Clerk’s office for help.
With help from the Clerk’s office the minutes from the Township Committee meetings were finally located and the missing minutes after April 5th thru October have indeed been posted, just not where one would expect.
For those that wished to read the minutes of Township Committee meetings, they would first have to go to the home page of the Middletown Township website and scroll down to the tab for “Meetings”. After doing so you would be brought to the webpage with a underlined header titled “Committee Meeting Information”, it is there that you would find a tab that would have a list of previous Committee meetings dating back to December 2006 with the minutes attached.
Now, according to what those in the Clerk’s office have informed Ms. Stiglin, if people would like to have access to more current meeting minutes (those after 4/6/10) the need to follow a different path to find them.
Now, once people come to the Township’s homepage, those interested in reading meeting minutes must first have to scroll down and locate the tab for the Township Clerk on the lower left side of the website. Once you click on that tab you are brought o the Township Clerk’s page.
At the top of the page there are 5 tabs that can be accessed that will lead people to Agendas, Minutes, Public Notices, Ordinances and Resolutions . It is under these new tabs and location where information that pertains to the Township Committee can now be accessed.
The reason for this change and all the confusion I have been told, is due to the continuing upgrades to the Township’s website which is being overseen Committeewoman Brightbill, the process is taking longer than expected but hopefully will be completed soon.
My suggestion to Committeewoman Brightbill and those in the Clerk’s office that are in charge of making the upgrades to the website, would be to please post a notice/disclaimer somewhere on the homepage of Middletown’s website. This way, when members of the public go there for in search of information about the Township they would know that the website is in the process of upgrading and that certain information may have been moved to a new location or has not been added just yet. A note stating that a call to the Clerks office for help in finding information that is posted online would also be welcomed.

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