Thursday, April 17, 2008


Budget passes; Setser, Kortvelesy, Beatty win

MILLVILLE -- Voters approved Tuesday the $9.79 million tax levy for the 2008-09 school year and elected Dan Kortvelesy, Fred Setser and Michael Beatty three open, three-year seats on the Board of Education. Connie Johnson and newcomer Mark Krull won one-year seats. There were a total of 11 prospective candidates.

The winning candidates -- including three incumbents, but not Millville Senior High student candidate David Gifford -- will be sworn in Monday.

Kortvelesy received 512 votes; Setser received 528; and Beatty received 457. Johnson received 416 votes and Mark Krull received 397.

Voters also approved Millville's first tax rate increase in six years. The 2-cent tax rate increase will generate $291,000 for the district and cost about $20 in taxes for a household assessed at $100,000 each year, Business Administrator Bryce Kell said.

The budget the school board submitted to the state already included 40 position cuts; tuition increases for Millville's sending districts; larger class sizes and cuts in programs.

Beatty, who was re-elected to his second term, said board members were concerned about voters defeating the budget, which he said would have meant more cuts for the district.

"We're very pleased the public supported us," he said. "We tried to put it in front of them and tell them how much we needed it."

Most of the candidates gathered at City Hall to watch the results unveiled on a large screen.

Krull eagerly awaited the vote totals, hoping for his first term on the board.

"I had no idea if I'd flop or if I'd be the top person," he said. "I feel good. It was a lot of hard work by a lot of people."

Johnson was re-elected to her fourth term, and said she wasn't nervous about the outcome.

"I've been through it before," she said. "I'll work to ensure the quality of education for our children and watching over the tax dollars."

The city reported 1,001 residents voted, a 6.29 percent turnout of registered voters.


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Obsta principiis

We cut 40 teachers, taken away numerous programs, raise tuition from the sending districts that will raise the senders taxes to cover the costs and we do it for the "benefit" of the children. WTF. I cant wait until 5 years from now when 200 teachers will be cut and most programs eliminated and the only people at school will be the students wondering what the h--l is going on. Someone once said, 'Plan now for a stable future', I would like to be enlightened by the originator of this phrase as to what the future will be, according to him.

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:52 pm

Warren Peace

I agree!! I asked workers at the polls and they said that the state mandates the hours. I think mainly teachers and more affluent vote. Some community activists and political leaders do too.
I mean its set up for low turnout but as a citizens paying taxes, folks should TRY a little harder to be informed!! Right Question

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:43 am


Six percent of registered voters may have made some good choices, but 94% made the bad choice to stay home. These elections need to be moved to one of the regular election days with normal polling hours! Otherwise, they are little more than a joke.

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:37 am


The voters made some good choices this time around. They seemed to know who they wanted and it was good to pass the budget and avoid more problems with the school budget Cool

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:30 am

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Shooting at Pine ST

As I was walking back with my 2 dogs from the city lot behind the Oar House there was a great commotion. I found out that there was a shooting ACROSS from MY house a shooting at 122 E. Pine. This home is rented by a member of the Harvey Family and has become a problem property where scores of kids hang out

Special Meeting on Millville Gardens

Last night the Millvlle City Commission held a special meeting concerning Millville Gardens. This complex has been an eye-sore and crime-ridden place for years. As the Daily Journal said

"City officials formally asked commissioners to declare the West Foundry Street complex a "nuisance property" and demolish six of the property's 13 buildings at a special meeting Monday. The six structures encompass 48 of the complex's 102 units. The city filed its claim under the 2004 state Abandoned Property Rehabilitation Act. which allows municipalities to deem a property a "nuisance" if it's dilapidated; plays a role in crime, drug or gang activity; and negatively impacts neighboring property values. The city has cited the complex numerous times and taken the owners to Municipal Court".

The judical hearing was postponed till Monday April 21st at 5:30. Go to tomorrow

Monday, April 07, 2008

Blogging is hazardious

I better be carful. The NY Times says that Blogging can kill me. Umm so I should not worry about globel warming, being shot, falling asleep at the wheel, etc. Glad the mainstream media is looking after me.

Our Media

This is from Glen Greenwald's blog
Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in the media over the past thirty days:

"Yoo and torture" - 102

"Mukasey and 9/11" -- 73

"Yoo and Fourth Amendment" -- 16

"Obama and bowling" -- 1,043

"Obama and Wright" -- More than 3,000 (too many to be counted)

"Obama and patriotism" - 1,607

"Clinton and Lewinsky" -- 1,079

And as Eric Boehlert documents, even Iraq -- that little five-year U.S. occupation with no end in sight -- has been virtually written out of the media narrative in favor of mindless, stupid, vapid chatter of the type referenced above

Sunday, April 06, 2008

New Weapon Against the Terrorists???!?

"Here's a video report on the topic posted at The video is groundbreaking in that, in order to get the truth, the brave production team embedded themselves among real gay people in San Francisco's Castro District."

Friday, April 04, 2008

Mind Diversion :)

I of course was buzy at work. Its that way when your unit is cut in half but your workload doesn't. Overtime???? Overtime?? We don't need no stinkin OVERTIME(Sorry Allen Iverson)

This was fun!
Good sense, innocence, cripplin' and kind.
Dead kings, many things I can't define.
Oh Cajun spice, sweats and blushers your mind.
Incense and peppermints, the color of thyme.

Who cares what games we choose?
Little to win, but nothing to lose.

Incense and peppermints, meaningless nouns.
Turn on, tune in, turn your eyes around.
Look at yourself, look at yourself,
Yeah, yeah.
Look at yourself, look at yourself,
Yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah.

Tune-a by the cockeyed world in two.
Throw your pride to one side, It's the least you can do.
Beatniks and politics, nothing is new.
A yardstick for lunatics, one point of view.

Who cares what games we choose?
Little to win, but nothing to lose.

Good sense, innocence, crippled and kind.
Dead kings and many things I can't define.
Oh Cajun spice, sweats and blushers your mind.
Incense and peppermints, the color of thyme.

Who cares what games we choose?
Little to win, but nothing to lose.

Incense, peppermints, incense, peppermints.

Sha-la-la, sha-la-la....

Millville Land Use

Today April 3rd 2008,
Went to city hall and heard Millville's water and utility overview.It featured:
1.Tower and Well information
2. 5 year flow information
3. allocation permit limits and firm capacity calculation.
The Millville sewer system information was given as well. Topics were the
1. Plant and Pump Station information
2.Projected Sewer Demands
3. Master/ Major project information
A booklet was handed out and its good to see the city is planning ahead. One thing I learned
is that the water pressure will increase in Millville over the next year or so.

Next we saw a report on "Build-out Impacts" presented by Noelle Reeve of PlanSmart NJ

PlanSmart NJ used GOZ® in this study to assist in determining the capacity of Millville to have more development and redevelopment. They used GOZ® to calculate build-out under existing zoning and under various redevelopment scenarios. It was an eye opener for me!

This report was created June 30,2007 and it describes build-out as follows;
"Identifies the impacts for three regional systems-economy, transportation and environment-that could be expected to occur in the City of Millville if all the remaining developable land were to be built as it is currently zoned."

One fact I found of interest that the report stated and I quote "Nearly one-quarter of the additional housing units from build-out will occur in Conservation Zones.
The report goes on to state the reason was "in part because all but one of these zones allows for residential development." The report goes on to say. "Like the housing units, additional population is concentrated in the Conservation and Residential zones.
It concludes with this. "Zoning for industrial lands matches the vision of land use for the community expressed in the Master Plan. However, the majority of the land zoned for housing is identified in the Master Plan for Agricultural Retention or Open Space.
I got her business card and I plan to be in touch.
Contact: Noelle Reeve
Regional Planning Partnership (609) 393-9434.
This is real interesting. I wish I had studied this in my planning class at Widener!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008