Under New Jersey law, and the proposed wind power ordinance in frelinghuysenfolly, wind power would be considered as dangerous as drug dealers. Amelia likes how information flows to her blog; phone calls, materials dropped at her door and in her post box, various emails. Amelia finds particular humor when someone calls her and leaves a message, “Is this Amelia? Can you tell her to call me back? Listen to this story: does that make Amelia mad? Is Amelia going to respond to this? What else will Amelia say about this remarkable fact?”

 A local named Birk just called. He has just decided to look and see what else, besides wind power, was not allowed within 1000 feet of a school; the only answer? Drugs.

“Drugs and wind; equally dangerous here,” Birk said. “Yup, that’s correct; neither should be allowed inside the school seclusion zone.”

Birk elaborates: “Under current law, anyone convicted of selling drugs, or possessing drugs with the intent of selling them, within 1,000 feet of a school or 500 feet of parks, libraries, museums, or public housing projects, faces a mandatory minimum jail sentence of three years and $15,000 in fines.”

Amelia laughs about this irony and they chat about fear, commerce, and zoning. She jokes about wind and drugs, power and safety, education and people who live in a “shutting down state of mind.” Birk chimes, “There is now a movement to have these 1000 feet school laws pulled because 19 of 20 people arrested under these laws are black or brown suggesting that they are enforced primarily in urban areas. I can see the writing on the wall,” he says, “next we will need to regulate the color of the windmills.”

Another local named Clementine called. She lives on the other side of the folly, and checks in through the township website now and again to see ‘what’s going on.’ “How come I cannot see these ordinances online before they are voted on (so that I am qualified to speak about them)? And, if it is the second reading of parts of the township budget how come a working copy of the budget is not available online for study so that if we do have an issue, or a suggestion ,we could study it in advance of the public meeting?”

Amelia provides some empathy: “Having materials available online in a timely, substantive way would be easy and inexpensive; I do not know why there is resistance to this. I also do not know why there is resistance to placing the audio file of the meeting, right up online, the day after the meeting (and before the official written minutes are approved). The only real choice you have right now is to go to town hall and request copies of pertinent documents and study them (if you can even figure out what is pertinenet because the minutes are posted 3 months after the fact).” Amelia acts boldly, “I would advocate for coming to the township meeting and saying something about online information sharing and document uploads.”

 “No reason applies to this lack of information except that it is not a priority for the elected officials or the clerk. I expect a majority of them like it that we really have a hard time figuring out what is going on until 3-4 months after the fact (when minutes are edited and then uploaded).”

Clementine says, “Well, oddly, that is not why I called. I called because I ran into a young man the other day and congratulated him for the vote that placed him on some township committees by the Mayor.”

 “Huh?” said the male youth. “I have no idea what you are talking about.”

Clementine said, “You were approved for a significant appointment in township politics. You were not asked to serve in this capacity?”

“No,” answers the young man.

Here is what we know. There are numerous applicants, with applications and resumes on file for these positions. But in Frelinghuysenfolly, the Mayor only wants people on these committees who agree with him, or who are arguably in line with him; and, his appointments to these posts are more important than actually honoring those individuals who apply for these positions.

“Were these positions advertised?” another friend Betty asks? “Are we in keeping with the law of advertising these openings?”

Amelia thinks she needs a patron of politics to pay her to follow up on a good question like that, but instead of talking patronage Amelia asks Clementine, “Did the youth accept his post?”

“No.” says Clementine, “He wants no part of it.”

The Mayor asked the Frelinghuysenfolly Township Committee to vote on an appointment that the Mayor had not even discussed with the individual.

Disrespect prevails, even for those he likes!

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