Grants Writer to Appear Before Mayor and Council and More This Week in Local News

Grants writer, Marlene Casey, on agenda for Monday's Mayor and Council work session.

There will be a work session of the Mayor and Council on Monday at 7 pm in the upstairs conference room of Borough Hall. Marlene Casey of Capital Alternatives, the Borough's grant writer, is on the agenda to speak before the Mayor and Council.

Casey is appearing to answer questions regarding grants that were available at the time that the United Water property was available to the town for purchase.

Mayor Ann Subrizi told Patch in December that at the same time that the United Water property was available for purchase, the town had inquired about securing grants for the $1.6 million Hirschfeld Brook flood mitigation project, but was advised by Casey that the grant money available had a short time frame and was required to be spent as quickly as possible.

Subrizi wanted to clarify the record regarding available grant money when the United Water property was available for purchase. Despite all that has been said by members of SOD at public meetings and on Patch, she said that when the town considered purchasing the property there was no guarantee that grant money was available for the purchase. 

SOD has put forth that New Milford's bond writer, Marlene Casey, said that there were grants available for the purchase of the property in early 2011. Although, according to members of SOD, Casey said that the town would have had to finance the property through bonds before any grant money was realized.

In response, Casey told Patch in December that she did not want to make any comment about anything she reportedly said to SOD regarding the United Water property. Her reason being that "not one person" she has spoken to "got it right." Casey said that she will be making her official comment when she appears before the Mayor and Council at their January meeting.

"I'd rather say what I have to say [regarding the United Water property] and say it on the official record at the January meeting [of the Mayor and Council]," Casey said.

Click here to see a full copy of the agenda.

The Planning Board will have its reorganization meeting Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall. On the agenda is a minor subdivision on Kastler Court.

Click here to see a full copy of the agenda.


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Ulises January 14, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I wish they'd move this to the chamber instead. The upstairs doesn't hold so many people. I keep on reading some people say political careers were ruin because of comments made here and I disagree. Wrong political decisions and going against what voters want ruin political careers - action speaks louder than words.
robin commerford January 14, 2013 at 06:21 PM
You got that right, Ulises! Additionally, I too believe that Annie did the right thing.
scooby doo January 14, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Let's wait to see what ms casey has to say before deciding who's right and who's wrong
tony g2010 January 14, 2013 at 09:26 PM
As one of the hard working taxpayers you mention, I would GLADLY pay an additional $70 per month for the next 10 or even 20 years to have had the opportunity to secure that land and build proper fields and facilities for the High School and the town. It is an investment that would increase the value of my property, rather than a supermarket and an apartment house, which will lower the value. Are the theatrics about a ticket to hell and leaving a $50 bill outside the door necessary? Any person's political career that has been ruined, has been done by their own actions or more importantly, their inactions. For any elected leader (either party) in modern day Bergen County to turn away even the possibility of their town owning “prime” undeveloped land is unconscionable and in this voter’s opinion unforgivable.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet January 14, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I still want to know why so little so late from Casey. If she was full of a wealth of information, why sit on it. She lives in this town so why wouldn't she have moved mountains to bring forward this type of available grant monies to do right for our town? She has a SOD sign. I still say shame on her for withholding this important information until are more gratituous time.
Ulises January 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM
According to Ms. Casey, the Mayor didn't want her to repeat her findings to anyone and when Councilman Berner try to put her on the agenda in March 2011, the Board Attorney told her the mayor did not include her on the agenda and she was asked to leave. She now wants to set the record straight.
tony g2010 January 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Jimmy, you changed after the election. I too went back to your history and was entranced by your quasi racist comments about the Korean Church and your insights into why those living in the apartments should not have power before you. The fact of the matter is that the Republican’s screwed the pooch on this one and you can’t accept it.
Ulises January 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM
For the record, a lot of SOD members supported Republican candidates Berner and Rebsch. Personally, once they set forth their campaign, I spoken highly of them here and only spoke the truth about those other Republicans that did not support Howard and Peter's position. Some people here expect others to be praised for doing the opposite of what everyone else wants but that never happens in the real word, unless you're a lackey.
tony g2010 January 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Jimmy, it is a church, calling it out as anything other than a church is biased. You made comments about a house of worship wanting to occupy and empty building in our town, my comment that you called out, was on a story in the New Milford Patch, about what a female suspect in the armed robbery and attempted murder of a pizzeria owner had to look forward to in prison. And for your information screw the pooch is a technical term, developed by NASA, I watched Apollo 13 last night and it was used a number of times, it never occurred to me to take it in the literal way that you did; speaks volumes about you.
robin commerford January 15, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Hmm, thanks for the info. I kind of expected this.
Pat January 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM
well what did she say?
Pat January 16, 2013 at 02:56 AM
I hope everything is OK.
scooby doo January 16, 2013 at 03:17 AM
didn't see you there last night. how do you know what happened if you weren't there.


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