𝐄-𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 -- 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐎𝐫 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐝𝐨𝐠?Well, I guess as the old American Express slogan went, "Membership Has Its Privileges."The Town Council had its first meeting of the month yesterday afternoon, and Township Manager Anthony Iacono did an annual presentation on the Township, using PowerPoint. Following the presentation, Iacono said the presentation would be uploaded to the website. Third Ward Councilman Vinny Cozzarelli asked Iacono if the presentation could be e-mailed to councilmembers, and Iacono nodded yes.The Missus was in attendance, and she asked if the presentation could be e-mailed to her and I. Iacono replied, "It will be posted on the Township website." I checked today, and I don't see it.Although it may seem a small matter, I have to ask: If such a presentation can be easily e-mailed to councilmembers, why can't it be e-mailed to residents upon request? It's not like it's a confidential report -- it was presented during a public meeting.Certainly it isn't a problem for me to view the presentation on the website once it is posted there, but the point stands: if it isn't a problem to send this sort of thing to councilmembers by e-mail, why can't it be sent to residents?Meeting video below:www.facebook.com/OfficialBellevilleNJ/videos/356145157299760... See MoreSee Less
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