Monday, February 25, 2013
Lawrence Township's crime statistics for 2012 were released by Police Chief Daniel Posluszny when he presented the police department's annual report to township council last week.
Overall crime in Lawrence Township decreased 22 percent in 2012 when compared to the previous year, Police Chief Daniel Posluszny announced when he delivered the police department’s 2012 annual report to members of Lawrence Township Council during their meeting last Tuesday (Feb. 19). The police department last year handled 45,287 “calls for service,” with those calls including everything from investigating significant crimes to completing routine administrative duties. That’s a 14-percent decrease in comparison to the 52,684 such calls handled during 2011, the chief noted. (The police chief’s report to township council begins at the 1:30 mark of meeting Audio Part 1, available in the Patch media box to the right. A PDF copy of the …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Lawrence Township Council will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting's agenda and the township manager's traditional pre-meeting memo are presented here for review.
Monday, February 18
The next meeting of Lawrence Township Council will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building at 2207 Lawrence Rd. (Route 206). The meeting agenda and Township Manager Richard Krawczun’s traditional pre-meeting memo are available from the township’s website and the Patch media box to the right. According to those documents, discussion of the recommended 2013 municipal budget will take place. Municipal Court Judge Kevin Nerwinski and Police Chief Daniel Posluszny are expected to make budget request presentations to council for their respective departments. Council will also hear an appeal from representatives of Mother’s Recovery Inc. concerning the denial of their application to provide towing …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The 5-cent increase to the municipal tax rate is needed to pay for cash refunds and to make up for the loss of revenue caused by successful tax appeals by Lawrence Township property owners, township council was told earlier this week.
Cash refunds that must be paid out and the substantial decrease to the township’s tax base that have resulted from successful appeals of their tax assessments by property owners will drain $1.25 million from Lawrence Township this year and, in turn, are responsible for the 5-cent increase to the municipal tax rate that Township Manager Richard Krawczun has included in his recommended 2013 municipal budget, Krawczun told members of Lawrence Township Council earlier this week. Following up the presentation concerning the 2013 recommended budget he made to council on Jan. 22, Krawczun used the manager’s report segment of Tuesday evening’s (Feb. 5) meeting to discuss the “revenue side” of the budget. Using a PowerPoint slideshow (a copy of …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Lawrence Township Council will meet today, Tuesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting's agenda and the township manager's traditional pre-meeting memo are presented here for review.
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Tuesday, February 5
The next meeting of Lawrence Township Council will take place today, Tuesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building at 2207 Lawrence Rd. (Route 206). The meeting agenda and Township Manager Richard Krawczun’s traditional pre-meeting memo are available from the township’s website and the Patch media box to the right. According to those documents, discussion of the 2013 municipal budget will take place, with the respective heads of the township’s health, public works and recreation departments scheduled to make budget request presentations to council. Council is also expected to make an appointment to fill the vacancy on the Zoning Board of Adjustment that was created when zoning board chairman Stephen Brame was appointed …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Among the resolutions approved at the last Lawrence Township Council meeting were several awarding no-bid “professional services” contracts to attorneys, consultants and others for services rendered to the township's planning and zoning boards.
Friday, February 1
Among the two dozen resolutions approved by Lawrence Township Council members at their meeting last week (Jan. 22) were several authorizing the awarding of no-bid “professional services” contracts. Several other “professional services” contracts were approved at the Jan. 8 council meeting. Stated in the body of each of these resolutions is the following: “This contract is awarded without competitive bidding as a ‘professional service contract’ under the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5).” Excerpts from these resolutions include: Planning Board Attorney “The mayor and municipal clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute an agreement with Sokol, Behot & Florenzo, represented by Neil Yoskin, Esq., as …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Accompanying the text of Lawrence Township's proposed $43 million municipal budget for 2013, we present here full audio from the Jan. 22 Lawrence Township Council meeting.
Wednesday, January 30
As previously reported, Lawrence Township Manager Richard Krawczun presented his recommended 2013 municipal budget at the township council meeting held last week. As part of that nearly $43 million budget, a 5-cent increase to the municipal tax rate – increasing to $0.94 per $100 of assessed property value from $0.89 – is recommended. That, combined with the proposed $25 fee for bulk waste disposal, will result in the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $160,262 paying an additional $80.13 in municipal taxes during the year, according to Krawczun. A PDF copy of the recommended budget, as distributed at the council meeting, can be found in the media box at the right. Also available is full audio from the council meeting, …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Also during Tuesday's Lawrence Township Council meeting, Stephen Brame was selected to fill a vacant seat on council and the township manager presented his recommended 2013 budget, which includes a 5 cent increase to the municipal tax rate.
Privatization of Lawrence Township’s police/911 emergency dispatching operations has been approved by township council. As a result of a contract awarded by council during its meeting held earlier this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 22), Cranbury-based iXP Corporation will begin staffing the communications center at the township police station on April 1. The contract will run for two years, with the township having the option to award one three-year extension. Other significant news coming out of tonight’s meeting include the appointment of zoning board chairman Stephen Brame to fill the vacancy on township council that was created when Greg Puliti resigned on Dec. 31; the announcement by Township Manager Richard Krawczun that the recently-…
Tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 22) Lawrence Township Council will decide whether to privatize police/911 dispatching services by awarding a contract to a Cranbury company or keep the township’s police communications center staffed by municipal employees.
Tuesday, January 22
Tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 22) Lawrence Township Council will decide whether to privatize police/911 emergency dispatching services by awarding a contract to Cranbury-based iXP Corporation or reject iXP’s bid and maintain the status quo of the township’s police communications center being staffed by municipal employees. At the last council meeting, held on Jan. 8, council members decided to follow Township Manager Richard Krawczun’s recommendation that such a decision should be postponed for two weeks to allow the township’s unionized dispatchers to make a counter offer in the hope of saving their jobs. During the meeting, Township Manager Richard Krawczun presented a detailed cost analysis showing that, for the five years from 2013 through …
Monday, January 21, 2013
During the next council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, a replacement will be selected to fill the seat on council left vacant by Greg Puliti's resignation, and council will decide whether or not to privatize police/911 emergency dispatching services.
Monday, January 21
The next meeting of Lawrence Township Council will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building at 2207 Lawrence Rd. (Route 206). The meeting agenda is available from the township’s website and the Patch media box to the right. According to the agenda, during the meeting township council will interview three candidates – township zoning board chairman Stephen Brame, planning board member Ian Dember and zoning board member Ed Wiznitzer – and then select one to replace Greg Puliti, who resigned from council effective at midnight on Dec. 31, 2012. Also during the meeting, council will make a decision whether to privatize police/911 emergency dispatching services by awarding a contract to Cranbury-…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lawrence Township's new three-year labor agreement with its police officers was approved by township council last week. Here's a look at some of the more important details of that contract.
A resolution ratifying Lawrence Township’s new labor contract with its police officers, as previously reported, was approved by township council last week. Presented here, then, is a detailed look at that agreement, based on the PowerPoint presentation given by Township Manager Richard Krawczun during the council’s meeting on Jan. 8. (That presentation, along with full audio from the meeting, can be found in the media box to the right. Discussion of the new contract begins at the 10:22 mark of Audio Part 3.) The new contract, negotiated with the police officers’ collective bargaining unit, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 209, covers both rank-and-file officers and superior officers for the three-year period running Jan. 1, 2013, …