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Transparency Requests Addressed by Kinnelon Council

Borough hoping to open communication lines with residents.

At Thursday's meeting, Councilman James Freda spoke about the value of listening to the community.

Freda said he had been made aware of concerns of residents and had been actively working to address those concerns. He noted one resident's comments about potholes in the borough and said he spoke to Councilman Dan O'Dougherty, the council's liaison to the Department of Public Works (DPW), about the issue.

"[O'Dougherty] said, 'If there ever is a pothole, you just report it to us and it'll be fixed,'" Freda said.

Mayor Bob Collins added that the DPW is working on a communication method that will allow residents to report things like downed trees, potholes and other items requiring maintenance.

Freda also mentioned the borough's website and to them on it.

"People were making claims, and again it's just hearsay, that the council is hiding things or not putting their agendas up or ordinances up. I looked at the website and they’re correct. Not correct that the council’s hiding anything, but correct that it wasn’t updated properly.

Freda, Councilman Gary Moleta and Collins discussed the issue and Freda said they will make a concerted effort to keep the website current.

"We came up with a game plan to make sure that it is up-to-date at all times. It's something worth looking into, and we did. So it will be corrected starting this week," he said.

Freda said the council will make sure agendas and ordinances are posted on the website as soon as they become available.

More of the same August 18, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Well Mr. Freda the week is over. Here is the link to the Boro's website. I see nothing has changed this week. http://www.kinnelonboro.org/Cit-e-Access/Meetings/?TID=88&TPID=8667
Larry Huyler August 18, 2012 at 01:08 AM
The Council's agenda is prepared on a computer (I presume). It is not that hard to copy and paste an electronic document to a webpage. Takes less than 15 seconds. The agenda needs to be posted, whether electronically, manually, or placed in a local newspaper, at least 2 weeks BEFORE the meeting so the community can know what is happening and why.
eotdevice August 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Well when the borough office have been trimmed down to a handful of people, stuff like updating the website falls by the wayside. You can't do more with less when you need two people to do the job but only one is there? Did the town ever backfill the assistant clerk position that opened up a month or two ago due to retirement? Go thru borough hall on a weekday and see how empty it is.
laidbackluke August 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Things like this are the last worries of the council. All people in this town do is complain! If you think you can do a better job running this town then STEP UP! Or how about if you don't like how they do not post the agenda beforehand, why don't you volunteer to update the website? Everyone is all talk but when they are asked to step up I can assure you it won't happen. Kudos to Mr. Freda and the rest of the council for the countless time and effort they put in to trying to enhance this town and it is a shame all people do is shoot them down.
Lulu August 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
We do step up. I volunteer for the secretarial pool at Kiel school. Due to the budget cuts a few years ago, Mrs. Kelly is alone in the office so parents chip in and help our with administrative duties. I also work in the City part-time. If my manager needs additional help with the workload, I help out by coming in earlier, staying later or work through lunch. I don't see why an employee from the Borough offices couldn't do the same.
Lights out August 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Well it's transparent that Freda and the mayor and. Council do not want transparency as its almost a week and the web site is still without minutes and agenda's. Guess itranspanecy is just another form of doublespeak.
Waste August 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM
What makes me angry is the council approved a $250 per month stipend to a boro employee back in January 2012 to maintain the web site and the web site has not changed including not posting the minutes or agenda's. So who runs the boro and who is watching the check book? It is another example of waste, like paying to maintain tax maps for years and nothing gets done and when they start the revaluation process the maps are not up to date. What is going on over there?
Just Saying August 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
That's funny! They have no trouble raising our taxes regularly! Maybe whomever they assign to do those updates can take over the job of proper website notifications, maps, etc! I am sure the re-val will cause another magical increase in taxes and they will have no problem getting those bills out to us in a timely manner! Just sayin'!

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