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Re: Work here, live here, get $10,000?
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In as much as I would love to see more fire & police live in the city they work for, or that matter the city directors with city cars, I am not for forcing the issue as Jersey City doesn't have the size option of a city like New York. The 'incentive' area offered by the City where there is new development is in some of the worst sections of the city. I am however in favor of giving a reasonable restriction. There is no reason to live all the way in Middletown, near Allentown or in Branchville. Maybe a miles restriction would be agreeable. Towns like Lyndhurst, Carlstadt, Wood-Ridge.


Personally if they are to get a "reward" for living where they work, then they should live where they work.
If their kids are going to the local schools, they might put their focus into local schools. On the other hand, if they live in (for example) Lyndhurst and put their kids in Lyndhurst schools, how does it benefit Jersey City? They are going to put their energy into improving the community they live in methinks.

If Jersey city doesn't offer them enough because it not big enough? So what? They can move where ever they want and forfeit the extra pay. Not my problem the place I have chosen to live doesn't give them enough choice.

Posted on: 2012/8/11 14:07
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Re: Best bike route from Journal Square to 14th Street in Hoboken?
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5:30 in the AM I would get on Baldwin (it will change to Webster) than get onto Palisades anywhere from Ravine North. Right at Paterson Plank and then go on the 14th St Viaduct.
I do this frequently at 6:30 AM. Can't remember anytime had any problem, even on the viaduct.
Later in the day I might do the elevator at Congress if I were going to 14th St, but at 5:30AM for me it's a no brainier, use the Viaduct.

Posted on: 2012/8/10 2:56
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Re: City To Conduct First Property Revaluation Since 1988
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Interesting theory. I never called after they left a note in the Heights. I've done no exterior work at all but the inside is nicer than most of the wrecked old rentals in the hood. I'm paying $8400 on a 3 family. I think that's a little high, but I've not made a study of it. I do know there are similar places Downtown worth twice as much with only a thousand or 2 more taxes.

I'm sure it's up thread, but here's a link for any nosy types like me who wants to know what their neighbors paid for their house and what they're paying in tax. Just type in the street address http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin ... &out_type=0&district=0906


Brewster, I think you will find that for the HEIGHTS you are in line with what other 3 families pay.

Posted on: 2012/6/21 3:26
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Re: City To Conduct First Property Revaluation Since 1988
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The inspector is hoping you aren't home.
I spoke to mine when he came to our house some months ago.
The inspectors get a flat fee per house, I think it was something like $8. If they come in they get paid more, by about $2 I think.
They don't care if they come in it your home or not, coming in takes more time and the pay is not commensurate.
Further, they only care about: condition of the kitchens and bathrooms, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and if you basement is finished or unfinished.

Posted on: 2012/6/20 21:29
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Re: Brennan Coffee House Concert Series in Jersey City - Anyone Ever Been?
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What does this cost? Would be nice if their website gave this info,

Posted on: 2012/5/18 22:37
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Re: City To Conduct First Property Revaluation Since 1988
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Once in awhile I can agree with you borisp. And in principle I do on this one!

Posted on: 2012/5/13 1:46
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Re: Powerhouse Arts District developer wants to eliminate on-site affordable housing
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I wander what would any of you do, if the city mandated YOU to sell your house at the "affordable" price.

Have nobody read the Constitution lately? I've heard, there is something about Government being obliged to COMPENSATE people for taking over their property.


Yes, that is a valid point. I beleive however the developers in this city are given lots of incentives (density increases, tax abatements, etc) in exchange for the units pledged for low income housing.
The constitution in no way requires the developers to accept these incentives. They are welcome to build to build at the zoned densities and no abatement.

Posted on: 2012/5/13 1:38
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Re: Fulop, Lavarro backing ordinance to boost pay of low-level city contractors
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Nah. I don't have that overwhelming urge to force other people to do what I think is best for them. Not a politico material.

Yeah, I know exactly what you mean borisp!
Just like you, I am sick of these G..D... conservative politicians telling us what we can, and can't, do with our bodies, Who we can, and can not, marry, telling us we have to spend tax dollars we send to start wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (can you believe the Republican nominee has surrounded himself with advisors that want to start a war with Iran?). Praise the Lord we have Liberal politicians that balance things out and keep those conservative politicians from forcing us into even more of what they think is best for us.

Posted on: 2012/5/12 6:54
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Re: Jersey City mayor wants police chief formally named police director as well
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caj11,
Hopefully someone with more knowledge than myself will add to this.
In the mid to late 70's there was a well know court case brought by public service employees and unions. They sued Jersey City (and possibly others) saying laws like the ones you cite were not constitutionally valid. In any case the NJ Supreme Court decided in favor of the employees.
Simply put, the law may be on the books, but court cases and state laws make it not valid.

Posted on: 2012/5/9 11:31
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Re: 950 of 40,000 Jersey City properties are abandoned
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It is pretty disgusting, when you look at it on the map they provided. This administration has completely failed the people.


user1111,
I am no way a fan of our current administration. I think they suck big time.
Regardless, if the WSJ article is accurate, I would give the current administration credit for maintaining a database of abandoned properties.
I don't see how Jersey City Government can be held accountable for job creation and the housing bust.
Perhaps I am missing something?
Best!

Posted on: 2012/5/7 17:15
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Re: Tilted Kilt - Pub & Eatery (&boobs)
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Bad part of the bar is the "men" who always seem to be crowding the bar... loud, leering, dudes making inappropriate comments to girls wearing too little clothes....


CapnJon,
I empathize with your thoughts. The one time I was there I may have been that dude at the bar. (I was not loud, nor did I make inappropriate comments. As to leering.....maybe I was)
I left the place shaking my head. The girls are good looking. But something about it was unsettling. A male friend and enjoyed our beers, one of the girls who was about 30 years younger than me could not throw herself at myself and my friend more. It was kind of nice to chat with her. But the constant showing off of the outfits and actual comments at least 2 girls wearing them made was a little off putting. Without us saying anything whatsoever, the girls said things like "Bet you like these outfits, don't you?!" Well..... at a level I can say I did, but it was a very superficial level. I believe I am trying to say, "whether or not I leered is not the point."
When we left, the chatty girl actually made a large point of giving us both a huge (unsolicited) hug. Nothing wrong with that I suppose, but it was weird. I commented to my friend when we got out the door, "you know, I suppose that was a good experience, I will tell me wife about it, but I just don't know that I would ever bring her to the place. In fact, I wonder if that is a place men generally feel comfortable bringing a date. Maybe that is the point."
I wish the business the best. It wasn't a place I would go back to even though it was clean, had good looking employees and patrons, and an upscale and pleasant decor. To each their own.

Posted on: 2012/5/5 23:54
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Re: Tilted Kilt - Pub & Eatery (&boobs)
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Sorry, talking bout Hobo

Posted on: 2012/5/4 20:03
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Re: Tilted Kilt - Pub & Eatery (&boobs)
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It has been open for some time. Have been once about 3-4 weeks ago.
It's ok. Their are lots of boobs flaunted if that is your thing. (Actually, who doesn't like them?) All of the waitresses were friendly.
It's not my scene so haven't been back.

Posted on: 2012/5/4 19:50
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Re: Cost of Home Inspection and RE Attorney
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If you are getting a mortgage loan I would forgo the closing attorney.
The mortgagor will do all necessary due diligence they need before they loan any money on a property, I just don't see any added value to an attorney.
We have bought our last two properties in this manner. Real Estate agents as a general rule don't like it, and will do all they can to discourage you. FWIW the last property we bought, our agent said "This means you aren't serious, I am not comfortable presenting the offer. I replied "Ok, if you are not comfortable, that is ok by me, I will make the offer direct to the sellers agent. That agent did not make such noise again, he took our offer to the selling agent, the deal closed on time and with no problems.

Posted on: 2012/4/13 20:34
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Re: trash removal?
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How well do you get along with your neighbors?

I have gotten rid of lots of renovation trash by piggy backing on my neighbors trash bins. I speak with them and let them know what I am doing, assure them if any tickets result I will take care of the ticket. I have 4 places I can get rid of trash on any given garbage night. The materials you describe don't sound that heavy, this may work for you. Cut them into small pieces and bundle up with twine. Might take a week or two though.
There have also been two times when I kept an eye out for other contractors in the area hauling away garbage. Found this also to be cost effective, they would fill up the remaining space in their truck with my crap.
Not saying this would work for you, but it sure does for me.

Posted on: 2012/4/9 21:29
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Re: Steve Fulop Last Day of Work Today - Email - Focus on Campaign
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I live in the Heights, not even remotely in Fulop's area. Fact is I see and hear him in my neighborhood exponentially more than I do my council person.
There have been times I have written to my councilperson and not received a response acknowledging my email. When I write to Fulop I make it clear I am not in his district, nevertheless he always responds and gives me the pertinent information I request.

Posted on: 2012/4/1 0:33
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Re: Jersey City Sanitation
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The same is happening to me. At the Nelson Ave. Block Association meeting which covers the north end of the Heights towards the Western Slope about 6 people stated that they too are having a problem; but with the recycling. The director of the J.C.I.A. Oren Dabney was surprised to hear of this because it is the private contracted company Waste Management that is doing the collection and no one has brought it to his attention...until now ! I usually call up (201) 432-4645 because I get home before they close and then a truck is sent to my house to pick up the remains. It an ongoing issue throughout the city and with the threaten merge of the JCIA & the DPW you would think their behavior would change. Everyone call and keep calling because the JCIA is an autonomous agency and can be dissolved at anytime.


heights,
I went to a meeting about Galaxy Recycling at Pershing Field here in the heights a year or so ago. Oren Dabney JCIA CEO, the lead counsel for JCIA, and I believe Oren Dabney's executive assistant all attended. For the life of me I could not figure out why they were there.
Oren Dabney was a huge apologist for Galaxy Recycling at this meeting. I went away from it convinced that he cares way more about the JCIA subcontractors than anyone else. Based on his words and demeanor at this meeting your statement (Dabney) "was surprised to hear of this because it is the private contracted company Waste Management that is doing the collection and no one has brought it to his attention...until now!" means nothing to me. I think he would do or say anything to protect Waste Managment, and Galaxy Recycling.

Posted on: 2012/4/1 0:26
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Re: Autonomous Incinerator Authority hasn't been paying its trash bills, Jersey City Council told
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Please please please write to your council person in support of eliminating the JCIA.
It might make a difference.

Posted on: 2012/3/29 2:41
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Re: Got booted for being 3 minutes extra!
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So you can get booted in Parking Authority Zones Three (3) and Eight (8), even when no outstanding tickets against you.

Where are zones 3 and 8?

This is still not right. Legal maybe, but not right.
A ticket after 3 minutes, no problem that I have no issue with.
A boot? After 3 minutes? Certainly after two hours a boot is justified. But less than that? Just a way for a officials to screw with people.

Posted on: 2012/3/14 16:13
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Re: Got booted for being 3 minutes extra!
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Two years ago I parked at Newport for 30 minutes about 11 AM to go to a job interview. I had a short interview, a second person with the firm was not available but wanted to meet with me.
I agreed to return at 2:30 PM for a second interview and did so.
I parked about a 1.5 blocks away from my original parking place. Since I had been away for 2 or so hours it never even crossed my mind that I could or would be ticketed.
I was at the first interview about 30 minutes, I was gone more than 2 hours and I was at the second interview 45 minutes.
Again, I was parked 1.5 blocks away from my original spot.
When I returned from the second interview I was ticketed and booted.
I just did not feel this was "right". It was not possible to talk to JCPA, they could care less.
I suppose some on this forum would say "tough luck" you knew that coming back and parking a second time would make you liable for a ticket.
If it would have even remotely crossed my mind that I might get a ticket, much less a boot, I can assure you I would not have taken ANY chances. Further, I maintain I did nothing wrong other than being in JC, a place where government officials just don't care.
Face it, Jersey City autonomous agencies treat people really shitty.
There is no valid reason in my mind to boot people with no outstanding tickets if they are guilty for minor infractions like expired meters or past the 2hr zoned time limit. Doing so represents a basic lack of decency.

Posted on: 2012/3/14 13:36
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Re: Autonomous Incinerator Authority hasn't been paying its trash bills, Jersey City Council told
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Wow! Something stinks here and it ain't just garbage.
Why would Waste Managment be so docile in collecting the amounts due for garbage pickup?
Anyone else think there is a high likelihood of unethical dealings between JCIA and Waste Management?
Also it would be well worth checking into the JCIA's payroll and equipment repair costs for the periods Oct '10 to April '11 vs. Oct '11 to April '12. They should be exponentially lower for the later period with the extreme differences in winter weather.
What good reason would there be for JCIA Executive Director Oren K. Dabney to keep his job? What possible defense can anyone give for his failure to update JCIA commissioners on the financial status of the agency he is supposed to be in charge of?
Love the Healy quote at the end, “is not offering our city and its taxpayers any solutions.”
And you Mr Mayor? What's your solution? Seems like ultimately you and your cronies are the the reason a solution is even needed.
I am going to write an email to my council person today, RE Orin Dabney should be shown the door. Suggest everyone do the same.
Best!

Posted on: 2012/3/14 12:04
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Re: Push in Jersey City to declare Diwali a school holiday
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We live in a mutli cultural, multi religious country and by not allowing one religion to have its traditional and religious holidays is illegal, racist and prejudice. You can't invite the world to our shore and deny them of their rights to free speech, religion (worship) and the associated customs and celebrations. These new Americans have often be persecuted in their homelands and seek refuge in our country !


FAB,
While well intentioned, I can only go along with your sentiments to a point.
Yes, we are a mutli cultural, multi religious country.
Many of the same people that come here come from countries and cultures that shut down for their religious holidays.
Culturally in the US our cultural DNA comes primarily from Christian Influences. Our school year calendar has evolved around and reflects this. I believe most people that were invited to our shores were aware of this and knew they would need to make some accommodations to their new life here.
To try and accommodate all religions and cultures into Jersey City school holidays will only invite chaos.
Christians are going to demand Christmas and Easter.
Jews are going to demand the High Holidays (sorry I do not remember the right name)
Muslims are going to demand Ramadan
Hindus are going to demand Diwali
Chinese Buddhists are going to demand Lunar New Year and Mooncake festival
Orthodox religions are going to want a little different Holiday times than Protestants and Roman Catholics even though they call them Christmas and Easter.
The solution? Don't give any religion any holidays.
Anybody have a better idea?

Posted on: 2012/3/12 0:02
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Re: Jersey City parking agency signs off on 12 percent pay hike for executive director
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The fiasco of the Central Ave parking meters is enough to keep any upper management of the the JCPA from warranting any pay increases.

Posted on: 2012/3/11 23:41
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Re: Push in Jersey City to declare Diwali a school holiday
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Remember the Asian Culture generally pushes their kids to excel in school.
With that in mind, how many think this is really that high a priority for the Asian community?
It only takes one well intentioned person in that community that says something like "Let's give kids Diwali off". Next we have white 3rd generation American people who have no problem with giving kids Columbus Day and Good Friday off all excited about nothing.
If this goes further, let's bring Bill O'Reilly into the battle. It will go along nicely with his perceived "war on Christmas".

Posted on: 2012/3/11 23:28
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Re: Journal Square two apartment towers - 54 & 38 stories
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Personally I would like to see some focus back on heavy commercial and manufacturing in order to bring some more variety in the local economy.


That would be great MDM,
But heavy commercial and manufacturing take a totally different type of infrastructure than we have in the immediate metro area.
This close to the city we are viable for Banking, Insurance, other financial service industries and smaller tech startups I think.
There was a very interesting article I ran across on Salon.com this week. http://www.salon.com/2012/03/10/on_th ... ront_the_battle_rages_on/
Relevant to Hudson County, less so for the Journal Square area.

Posted on: 2012/3/11 23:16
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Re: Jersey City parking agency signs off on 12 percent pay hike for executive director
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Is the JCPA self-sufficient, (as it should be) and paying for her salary out of parking fees and fines, or are they sucking on the teet of the property tax payer?


coronalime,
Respectfully what does it matter whether they are self-sufficient?
JCPA gets all their revenue from citizen owned property. Every dollar they bring in past their expenses goes back to the city.
So the more they siphon off, the less we citizens get back and the more taxes we end up paying.
The autonomous agencies like JCPA and JCIA are ways to circumvent oversight by directly elected officials like mayors and council people.
I don't believe for a moment that our Mayor was not aware that his political crony was receiving a raise. But as the system is set up, he can plausibly claim ignorance.

There was a very good thread back in October 2011 that covered the structure of the JCPA. http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewt ... id=279954#forumpost279954
The posts by jcresident0001 are especially relevant.

Posted on: 2012/3/11 20:41
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Re: 100 Steps in the heights
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Anybody know if anything happened or will happened on this?

The article says above says "On Wednesday, the City Council awarded a $59,375 contract to city firm Dresdner Robin to design and manage construction of the project."

Did Dresdner Robin get any money? Have they done anything?

Posted on: 2012/3/11 11:09
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Re: Baught car in NY cant register plz help
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My suggestion based on dealing with NY DMV.
Take the title to a NY DMV office. I know there is one at Broadway and about 32nd in the City (the building has a Mrs. Fields on Broadway at street level)
Tell them your problem with NJ DMV and ask them if the NY DMV considers it a "clean" title. If they do, they might have some suggestions.
Doing this will at least be a start to know if you indeed have a clean title.
In my experience the lines at that particular DMV are not to bad, nevertheless I would probably budget an hour.
There are other DMV offices. I have not found lines to be substantially longer or shorter at the 3 I have been too.
Sucks to be in your situation, but I do find your sellers story mostly plausible.
Another suggestion, call the NY DMV at their main office in Albany http://www.dmv.ny.gov/call.htm
I would start with the "Title Services Bureau (Weekdays, except Wednesdays and state holidays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.):
1-518-486-4714"
Best of luck, and let us know how it turns out.

Posted on: 2012/3/4 20:26
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Re: Tax Appeals
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I used one 4 years ago, had more or less the same pitch as you describe.
We had just purchased our house, they said for what we paid our property tax amount was to high.
Their cost to appeal was 1/3 of the savings. They claimed that the reduction in taxes (if any) would be ongoing not just for one year.
They did reduce the taxes by about $1800 if I remember correct (at the time they were about $6800 I think).
All sounds great but the "savings" only lasted one year. The very next year the tax rate was right back to what it had been previously.
We got the last laugh. We never paid the law firm that offered the service. They gave up trying to collect when I forcefully pointed out they said the reduction would be ongoing instead of one year.
So I would do it, but tell them that you expect savings to be ongoing not just one year.
I would also point out the reval theoretically would equalize everything. So any savings now would be gone after the reval. Others on this forum may have better insight than me on this matter.
Best!

Posted on: 2012/3/2 22:35
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Re: Financials
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Some of the old posts made reference to council members being "part time".
I went to one of the neighborhood meetings that Stephen Fulop does out of his district a while back. He actually advocated for full time council members. I thought that was odd, because my instinct said part time was less cost than full time.
Then he pointed out that if council members were full time, they could not hold another full time (i.e. City or County government job).
When I thought it over, it sure made a lot of sense to me. Unless I am mistaken at least 3 of our current council people would have to give up their council seat or give up their government job if the council were full time.
Long term JC would be a better place IMHO.
Best!

Posted on: 2012/2/29 3:51
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