Buried within the meeting agenda for Monday night’s, January 17th, Middletown Township Committee meeting is something a little curious that won’t be up for discussion but seems to have come about due to the construction of the officially unauthorized Daniel Piano Memorial that was constructed on the grounds of Middletown’s Croydon Hall and lead to the unofficial firing of Middletown’s Department of Parks and Recreation Director Gregg Silva.
Within the Consent Agenda (sec.10) of Monday’s meeting agenda there is listed the following resolution for approval:
12-069 Resolution Establishing Policies And Procedures Regarding The Naming Of Township Property And Dedication Of Memorials On Township Property
The actual resolution has not been posted online by the Township Clerk so I cannot read it or post it here for review as of yet, but I assume that it would be safe to say that this resolution will be adopted without open discussion or prior knowledge of the public of its content. It’s obvious however that this resolution will address the process for where and how the construction of private memorials on public property will be approved and authorized in the future.
I disagree with its placement within the consent agenda section of the meeting.
For those that don’t know what a Consent Agenda is or does, it’s really very simple. When there are a number of resolutions that deal with processes like paying bills or approving various contracts needs the “consent” or approval of the Township Committee, these resolutions lumped all together so that the Township Committee can approve them all with one vote. They are never discussed in public unless a Township Committee person wishes to pull one of the resolutions from the consent agenda for discussion/clarification. The resolution would then be voted on separately by the Township Committee.
I think that it would be good to discuss the circumstances that brought about Resolution 12-069 and explain why such a resolution is needed.
UPDATE 1/13/12 @ 18:00
Resolution 12-069 – Resolution Establishing Policies And Procedures Regarding The Naming Of Township Property And Dedication Of Memorials On Township Property has now been posted online and available to read…..Here
It’s straight forward and should have been Township policy a long time ago