Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Ken Short Screw-up!

According to today's Daily Record, the township has levied $3,200 in fines against West Morris Central High School for what is claims are false alarms since August of this year. There are so many "leaks in this boat" it's hard to know where to start.

  1. If there is a problem with false alarms at the high school, why wait until the 20th one to say or do something? Why send a shot across the bow with a $3,200 fine? Why not have Township Committee High School Liaison James Harmon address the problem early on? Isn't this the proper role for a liaison? Or has Mr. Harmon abandoned this liaison assignment the same way he abandoned his Finance Liaison assignment?

  2. Mayor Short's reasoning for the fines is "If you have an ordinance and you don't enforce it, there's no point." Funny how this logic didn't shine when fellow Republican James Harmon was negligent is removing campaign signs within the 5 day post election deadline, clearly prescribed in the current sign ordinance.
  3. Having just lost $200K in inter Local revenue from the Chesters, let's treat another shared services partner like dirt and see what happens?
  4. Finally, Short made the following statement: "But if there's an alarm, we hope it's going to be a real alarm". This has to be one of the most moronic comments I have heard from an elected official. If any "alarm" sounds why would you not hope it's false? Would Ken Short instead prefer a fire that burns down the school and everyone in it?

Bottom line: This is yet another demonstration of the pervasive incompetence of the Short administration and the local Republicans who support it.

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