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Listen to the minutes – audio recordings

Summary:  I want to encourage every municipality to post the audio recordings of their public meetings on their web site the day after the respective meeting.   Listen to meeting minutes Municipal entities (e.g, your Mayor and Council) often create Read more…


New appointments, no names

Each year, typically during the first week of January, the Allendale Mayor and Council holds its first public meeting – called the Reorganization or Reorg meeting.  This meeting will be held tonight, January 5, 2017 at 7:30pm at Borough Hall. The purpose Read more…


Franklin Township email notification

The Township of Franklin, NJ offers email notification for many of their services, including meetings of their public bodies. It would be great if the Borough of Allendale would utilize a similar service.  It’s a great tool to keep residents informed. 


M&C Meetings – More sunshine required

Tonight, 10/13/2016, at 7:30pm and 8:00pm, the Allendale Mayor and Council will hold their scheduled work and regular sessions.  A closed session, which legally excludes the public, will be held near the end of the regular session. I am very interested in the Read more…


More Transparency

This article will introduce several ideas on how our local government can communicate more effectively with the public.  Please note that these recommendations are not required by law.  If the Mayor and Council supports any of these ideas, that can be Read more…


Agendas – we can do much better

In the state of NJ, the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) requires that the public be advised when public meetings of public bodies take place. For example, the Mayor and Council, the Planning Board, or the Board of Education must notify the Read more…