I wasn’t unable to attend this past Tuesday night’s Middletown Township Committee meeting. I was busy with my son at his Boy Scout pack meeting, winning this year’s Pinewood Derby, so I’m not able to give an eyewitness account of what went on when the meeting was finally opened up for public comments, but from all accounts it was rather raucous.
The courtroom was packed with soon to be ex-members of the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club, who were angry at being blindsided by the news that the swim club would not be operational this year.
Middletown Patch actually has a very good article posted online about the meeting which I recommend others to read, I’m told is a very fair representation of the meeting.
Below is audio from the meeting that contain the questions of two swim club members who addressed their concerns about the club’s demise to the Township Committee (the audio runs for roughly 19 minutes). Interestingly the first person you hear addressing the Committee is Tracy Lewis, who just so happens to be on of the residents quoted in the Patch article, so it’s good listening. The second questioner that is contained in the audio clip, no matter how hard I try, I can’t decipher his name but that doesn’t really matter, what matters was the answer to his questions, which you can listen to.
While you’re listening however, keep a sharp ear out and listen for a big pet peeve of mine. About 17 minutes into the audio, Township Attorney Brian Nelson jumps in to answer the gentleman’s questions about how surplus/debt the swim club accumulated /accrued between the time the Township Purchased the property in 1997 to 2011. Nelson speaks up and starts giving numbers from 2008 to present, instead of allowing the Township Administrator, Tony Mercantante, or someone from the Committee itself to answer! Brian Nelson is there to give legal advice tot he governing body, he is not and was not ever an elected official of Middletown.
That’s something that he seems to forget, but I can see where he might think he is seeing how is a member in good standing of the Middletown GOP and its Chairman’s righthand man.