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Wayne Byrd’s lawsuit against Servais and the Township moves to binding arbitration.

On April 6, 2016, Superior Court Judge Richard J. Geiger issued an order dismissing Wayne Byrd’s lawsuit against JoAnne L. Servais and Fairfield Township without prejudice.  The Court clerk’s June 21, 2016 letter that accompanied the order explained that while the file was marked “settled” when the matter was called to trial on March 28, […]

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Sharp nets $75,000 in discrimination lawsuit settlement.

On March 17, 2016, Fairfield Township paid a former mayor $75,000 to settle his lawsuit that accused another former mayor and others of calling him “boy” and referring to other members of the Township Committee as “monkeys.” In his lawsuit,former Mayor Michael Sharp accused Joanne Servais’s late husband Richard and her son Joseph, along with […]

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Trials upcoming for two Fairfield lawsuits.

On May 26, 2015, I posted on this blog two separate civil complaints filed by Wayne Byrd (who claimed disparagement and a breach of confidentiality) and Robert Hulitt (who claimed wrongful termination from several Township positions).  I learned today that both matters are scheduled for trial this Spring. Byrd’s trial is scheduled for Monday, March […]

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Local Salvage yard settled with Fairfield in 2015.

I have recently discovered that a 2014 lawsuit filed against the Township by a Ramah Road auto salvage yard and its owners settled for $40,000 in August 2015.  In their lawsuit, Robert and Michele Hoffman of Rosenhayn and B&M Auto Salvage and Towing, LLC had claimed that Township officials conspired to arbitrarily deny the salvage […]

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Only two business permits issued in Fairfield during 2015

In a recent Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request, I asked Fairfield Township Clerk Linda M. Gonzalez:I am trying to get a sense of how many “Business Permits” were issued in 2015 under Section 4-4.1 of the Township Code.  If you maintain a list of 2015 “Business Permits” issued, I would like a copy of […]

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Fairfield Mayor faces unlicensed home business charges.

On Monday, January 25, 2016 at 1 p.m. Fairfield Township resident Russell Pierce is scheduled prosecute four municipal court complaints against Township Mayor Benjamin Byrd and Traci Pitts-Byrd, the mayor’s wife.  The complaints, which were filed on September 11, 2015, will be heard at the Cumberland Salem Regional Municipal Court on Route 77 in Seabrook. […]

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More on the Hatch Act and the Fairfield Township Committee ballot.

After speaking with Ana Galindo-Marrone, Chief of the Hatch Act Unit of the Office of Special Counsel and doing some more research, I’ve come to understand that the while the Hatch Act states that federal employees are disallowed from making a “run for the nomination or as a candidate for election to a partisan political […]

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Dem Party Officials questioned on accuracy of Fairfield Committee election ballot.

October 16, 2015 Doug Long (via e-mail to dlong@longmarmero.com)Marion Kennedy, Jr. (via e-mail to redman310@aol.com) Dear Messrs. Long and Kennedy: I write to you in your capacities as chairpersons of the county and local Democratic organizations, respectively, in hopes that you can shed some light on my concern about the manner in which your party’s […]

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Fairfield’s Business Licensing Code

Update: 09/16/15: At the September 15, 2015 Township Committee meeting I learned that the version of Fairfield’s business licensing code at the link below, which I received in response to a recent OPRA request, had been amended once or twice.  The Clerk told that she was not aware of these amendments when she fulfilled by […]

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Fairfield Township Committee’s 2015 public meeting minutes on-line

As may readers know, the Township’s website has not been updated for a very long time.  As a public service, I’ve obtained the Township Committee’s public meeting minutes for January 1, 2015 to date and put them on-line.  Unfortunately, it’s a very large file (50M) so it might take some time to download.  The reason […]