2012-04-11 / Front Page

Englishtown council to fill open seat

BYMARK ROSMAN Staff Writer

ENGLISHTOWN — A new member of the Englishtown Borough Council could be appointed later this month following the governing body’s recent action to remove Councilwoman Jayne Carr from office.

On March 28 the council voted 5-0 to invoke a state law and declare Carr’s seat vacant. The resolution was passed by Councilman Greg Wojyn, Councilwoman Cindy Robilotti, Councilman Rudolph Rucker, Councilwoman Lori Cooke and Councilwoman Maryanne Krawiec.

Carr was absent from the meeting.

Wojyn told the News Transcript on April 4 that interviews with potential council members were expected to be held within a week. He said a new member of the governing body could be named at the council’s April 25 meeting.

Because Carr is a Republican, her seat will be filled by a Republican.

According to the resolution that was passed March 28, the last council meeting Carr attended was on Dec. 12, 2011. The resolution states that she “has not participated in nor attended any meetings of the governing body of the borough since that date.”

According to the resolution, state law provides that “[t]he office of … a member of the governing body of a municipality shall be deemed vacant whenever … a member of the governing body fails to attend and participate in any meetings of the governing body for a period of eight consecutive weeks without being excused from attendance by a majority of the members of the governing body, at the conclusion of such period; provided, however, that the governing body may refuse to excuse only with respect to those failures to attend and participate which are not due to legitimate illness …”

The resolution goes on to state that “between Dec. 12, 2011, and March 28, 2012, Councilwoman Carr did not request a single excused absence from the governing body nor did she offer any proof whatsoever of a ‘legitimate illness’ in support of her failure to attend and participate in meetings of the Borough Council.”

On April 9, Carr told the News Transcript that Mayor Tom Reynolds had announced at a previous meeting that she was caring for a sick relative who cannot be left alone and that was why she was not coming to meetings.

Carr has been at odds with a majority of council members on several issues over the past few years, and specifically because of her position that more of an effort needed to be made to rein in municipal costs.

She said at one point she suggested that the time had come for Englishtown officials to think about the possibility of merging with Manalapan because of the financial straits the borough has found itself in.

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