December 6, 2012
By Chad Goerner An Inquirer poll this fall showed that New Jersey residents are increasingly in favor of municipal consolidation and shared services. It may not be clear to elected officials attached to "home rule" in a state with 566 municipalities (soon to be 565), but the residents are right. A year ago, the residents of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, where I'm the mayor, approved the state's first large municipal consolidation in more than a century - a move expected to save millions and improve services.
April 15, 2012 |
One woman said she was charged when she had her boyfriend over for Thanksgiving dinner. A 57-year-old man said he got into trouble for visiting his sister. In the crowd waiting for Woodbury Municipal Court to open on a recent Wednesday were these two and others who had run afoul of the town's requirement that anyone living at a rental property register with authorities. Ryan McMichael, 22, said he got a summons after he and a friend got into a fight on his front lawn. Neither pressed charges, but police cited McMichael for allowing the friend, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, to stay at his apartment.
May 16, 2011
You might think you're ready for tomorrow's election. And, sure, you might have attended your local council forum, read your campaign literature and even clipped out endorsements. But we bet you're not ready. Because you're going to walk into that voting booth, look at the ballot, and realize that - once again - you've forgotten all about the ballot question. The single yes-or-no question on tomorrow's ballot asks voters if the Home Rule Charter, the city's governing document, should be amended to create a new commission called the Jobs Commission.
May 14, 2009 |
They may not get the attention of the district attorney's race, but the city will vote in Tuesday's primary on two proposed changes to its Home Rule Charter. The first (Bill 080748) would mandate that police, firefighters, and paramedics killed in the line of duty would automatically receive a posthumous promotion to the next rank, entitling their families to higher pension payments. The second (Bill 090171) would allow City Council to decide, by a two-thirds vote, how and when the city's legal notices on hearings, bills, procurement contracts, etc., should be disseminated.
January 26, 2009 |
When Robert Burton called the Medford Lakes police to report that someone had cut the $3 Christmas lights on his house, not only did the police chief answer the phone, Burton recalled, but two squad cars had pulled up to investigate by the time he had hung up and walked outside. "Tell me where that happens," Burton said. When they're not working out of the department's log cabin headquarters, police officers say, they are driving up to 70 miles per 12-hour shift as they patrol their 1.2 square-mile borough of woods, lakes and rustic homes.
April 27, 2008 |
Referendum questions in Charlestown Township and Malvern Borough were approved overwhelmingly in Tuesday's elections, but a controversial one in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District was defeated in a closer vote. They were the only referendums in the county. The Web site of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District reported that "unofficial results" there were 4,743 no votes and 3,974 yes votes, a 54.4 percent rejection of a proposed borrowing issue. The Unionville referendum asked voters to approve borrowing up to $30 million to renovate and expand Unionville High School.
January 19, 2007 |
New Jersey's 80 Assembly members and 40 senators, in an election year, are caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the growing frustration of their constituents over the state's highest-in-the-nation property-tax burden. The hard place is the resistance by the constituents to any meaningful steps to reduce the burden. The legislators know that reelection depends on walking the fine line between the rock and the hard place - without breaching the iron wall of state politics known as "home rule.
November 23, 2005 |
James and Rhonda Horn and their six children stood with other homeschoolers behind Gov. Rendell as he signed SB 361 on Nov. 10. Now James Jr., 10, Jacquelle, 9, and Joseph, 7, and their younger siblings can look forward to trying out for football, basketball and other extracurricular activities in the Philadelphia School District. A month ago, the boys and their father met with a representative of the governor's office seeking support for this legislation. Although slightly over half of Pennsylvania's 501 school districts had already developed policies to allow home-schooled students access to sports and other extracurricular activities, many districts still specifically excluded students in home-education programs before the law was enacted.
June 29, 2005 |
A proposed residential facility in Delanco for troubled teenage boys does not conform to the zoning requirements that govern the sprawling mansion where it had been planned, a state Superior Court judge ruled yesterday. The Delaware Avenue property, known as The Columns, had been a retirement home for decades. Restorative Programming Inc. of Ewing, Mercer County, which had hoped to house as many as 37 emotionally disturbed teens there, argued that its operation would not be much different.
June 9, 2005 |
Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey's budget speech struck an unintentional note of irony when he compared the state to a family living beyond its means. In New Jersey, many families are living beyond their means because of the price of housing. And one of the reasons housing is so expensive in New Jersey may also be one of the reasons state leaders are scrambling to bridge a budget gap. With all of the issues the budget puts in the spotlight, it's easy to forget that the price of homes continues to rise in New Jersey, making it more difficult to find basic housing or a well-earned move-up home.