Bradley Beach Council Faces Vote of No Confidence in Mayor

In a recent Bradley Beach Borough Council meeting, a significant motion for a vote of no confidence in Mayor Larry Fox’s ability to perform his duties was favored. The session also encompassed discussions on labor negotiations, police department matters, and community events. The council dealt with the delayed negotiations for fair contracts with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and other union members, the handling of a complaint against the police chief, and the management of the 319 Lorraine Church property proposals. Additionally, the gathering highlighted residents’ concerns about financial oversight and the transparency of government processes.

The meeting’s central focus was the motion for a vote of no confidence in Mayor Fox, which followed concerns over the handling of a Main Street incident and alleged illegal actions. The details of the incident, including the involvement of the prosecutor’s office in the investigation and the actions taken by the police department, were of particular interest.

Labor negotiations also took center stage, as representatives from the local union expressed their dissatisfaction with the ongoing process. These employees have been working without a contract since January 1, 2023, and there have been reports of the borough’s outside counsel demanding concessions, including the removal of salary guides and benefits. The council members expressed a willingness to help, with one member inquiring how they could assist in the matter.

The public comments section of the meeting was rife with concerns from residents, ranging from speeding in town and the negotiation of the DPW contract to questions about the transparency of COVID relief fund allocation. One resident accused the mayor of threatening her and called for the resignation of several borough officials. The Internal Affairs Commander addressed the handling of the Main Street incident, emphasizing that all procedures were followed according to the timeline and guidelines.

In terms of infrastructure and community initiatives, the council discussed the extension of the bulkhead south to address coastal resilience and acknowledged the reoccupancy of the Bazi building as complete. The Tourism Commission shared details about community events, including the Bradley Beach Shamrock hunt and the upcoming Earth Day Festival.

Educational achievements were also in the spotlight, with the recognition of students for academic achievements and the announcement of Teacher of the Year Awards. The Bradley Beach Education Foundation introduced their first high school scholarship, and the PTA announced an upcoming gift auction luncheon.

The handling of public funds was another area of contention, with residents demanding greater financial transparency. Questions were raised about the accuracy of information on the bill list, highlighting discrepancies related to daylight saving time and website costs. Furthermore, inquiries about the rebid for a mini-golf course and payments to conflict resolution services were brought to the fore.

The Bradley Beach Business Community event was recognized for fostering a positive atmosphere among members of the fire and police departments. However, this positive note was contrasted by the frustrations aired over the delay in negotiating fair contracts for the Department of Public Works and other union members.

The mayor addressed the council regarding the distribution of state funds and the early retirement of the police chief, emphasizing the financial impact of the chief’s accumulated vacation time. The council also issued proclamations recognizing International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Larry Fox
City Council Officials:
Kristen Mahoney, John Weber, Al Gubitosi, Jane DeNoble

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