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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, October 22, 1998 Page 21

Joe Stoner 3x10˝

Voter Retg 2x13˝ Councilman Goldman

Committed to Town SID

Campaign Forum ’98

WESTFIELD — Westfield Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman emphasized his commitment to Westfield’s downtown special improvement district as he continued his campaign for reelection.

“When I walked door-to-door two years ago the then questionable state of downtown Westfield was clearly a dominant issue on peoples’ minds. The turnaround in two years has been quite impressive,” Mr. Goldman observed.

The Councilman noted that immediately after being elected in 1996 he and Mayor-elect Thomas C. Jardim started to attend meetings of the “Save the Rialto Committee,” a citizens group organized under the Main Street Organization, predecessor to the special improvement district.

“I disagreed with the hands-off

Lawrence A. Goldman

attitude of the then governing body. Keeping the Rialto Theater open was extremely important to most people with whom I spoke, and I believed that public sentiment and the importance of the theater to the vitality of the downtown warranted a show of Support for the effort of the citizens’ group,” Councilman Goldman said.

Councilman Goldman added that he also started attending meetings of the newly organized Board of Directors of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (the special improvement district governing body) after becoming a Councilman, and ultimately was elected by the Town Council to become its voting representative on the SID Board.

“I had supported the concept of a special improvement district, but disagreed with certain aspects of the initial proposal presented by the MainStreet organization to the Town Council in early 1996. I expressed my views as a candidate in 1996 and ultimately my concerns were addressed satisfactorily,” he stated.

He elaborated by explaining his disagreement with an original proposal that would have increased taxes on residential properties town-wide to support SID operations.

“I continue to believe that the downtown property owners and business operators are the direct beneficiaries of the business development, promotions and design activities of the SID and they ought to pay for the annual operating costs,” he stated.

Carl A. Salisbury Weighs In on Downtown Parking; Supports Deck on Conditions

WESTFIELD Carl A. Salisbury, the Democratic Candidate for First Ward Council in Westfield, stated this week that, “Our parking problems in Westfield suffer from a condition I call ‘paralysis by analysis.’”

He pointed out that, “In 1995, the Town Council commissioned a task force to study downtown parking. It was the sixth such study done since 1987. The 1995 report has many helpful recommendations.

“Among them is stricter enforcement of the anti-meter feeding ordinance. In 1990, 25,000 parking tickets were handed out in Westfield. In 1995, that total went down to 9,000. If only 50 percent of the meter feeders in town (employees and shoppers who illegally feed parking meters beyond the twohour limit) had been ticketed, it would have done two things: it would have freed up about 750 on-street parking spaces per day for shoppers downtown; and it would have resulted in about 25,000 parking tickets being issued, for an increase in revenue of $300,000.

“That $300,000 could be used as an initial investment in a parking deck,” Mr. Salisbury explained.

Mr. Salisbury noted that if all of the Westfield Parking Task Force’s recommendations are implemented, “it would help to resolve, in the short run, some of the downtown and commuter parking problems.

“It would free up hundreds of onstreet parking spaces per day and dozens of spaces at the South Street Train Station parking lot, helping to alleviate the intolerable waiting list for Train Station parking permits.”

“With the opening of the new national retail stores this fall, holiday season is going to bring gridlock to our downtown. That is both a quality-oflife problem and an economic one,” the candidate said.

“If people cannot find parking, they simply won’t use downtown Westfield to shop. That puts at risk the vibrant downtown that the council, the special improvement district, and the Chamber of Commerce have worked so hard to build. No one I know wants to see property values decrease because of vacant store fronts. We simply cannot go back to the days of 22 percent vacancies,” the candidate explained.

Mr. Salisbury said he would support a plan to build a parking deck on the following three conditions: “First, it has to be financed with the help of investment by merchants and landlords — the people who stand to benefit most from a deck.

“I envision merchants and landlords bearing 60 percent of the cost of the deck, with the amounts determined on a sliding scale based upon proximity to the deck and annual sales.

“A bond issue would finance the rest. Second, income from parking receipts would be used to pay back the initial investments made by the merchants, landlords, and bond holders. In the three years following the payoff of the bond, there would be a mandatory tax cut equal to the amount per house

Carl A. Salisbury Freeholder Republican Slate

Questions Democrats Claim Of ’97, ’98 Accomplishments

“During this campaign, our opponents have bragged about the jobs the 9-0 Democrat controlled Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have brought into the county,” said Republican Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders candidates Juan Fernandez, Andrew MacDonald and George Gore in their campaign weekly press statement.

“They also constantly remind us that they did not raise county taxes in 1997 and even decreased taxes slightly in 1998. Unfortunately, for Union County taxpayers, once you take a long, hard look at these so-called accomplishments things are not quite as rosy as the Democrats claim.

“In fact, it appears that most of the jobs the Democrats brought into the county were those they created in county government for their family, friends and campaign contributors,” the candidates stated.

“The (Daniel P.) Sullivan controlled Freeholder Board has placed great emphasis on achievement they have made in the area of economic development of the county. But just what they accomplished?

Citing a 1997 Department of Commerce report, the Republicans indicated that 105 out-of-state companies relocated to New Jersey in 1997. Those 105 companies brought 14,826 jobs into the county. Of these 14,826 jobs, only 254 (less than 2 percent) came into Union County. By comparison, they said 17 percent of those jobs went to Bergen County, 11 percent to Middlesex County, 8 percent to Hudson County and 4 percent to Essex County.

“All those around the world, and the 90 Democrat Freeholders delivered of 254 jobs, a little more than 12 jobs per

county municipality. Nothing to brag about, but they do.

“The Sullivan Freeholders did indeed deliver a ‘no tax increase’ budget in 1997, but they funded that budget by using $21.4 million of surplus that had been saved by the previous Republican controlled board. The Republicans were able to accumulate that surplus by eliminating costly, unnecessary county jobs and waste in spending,” the candidates continued in their statement.

“The Democrats took controlled in 1997 and immediately re-instituted those unnecessary county jobs and created new ones for their friends and family. Even with anticipated revenues down by $2.7 million dollars, the Democrats expanded the county payroll with names connected to those power in power.

“In 1998, with anticipated revenue still down, the Democrats increased spending by $7 million, increasing the budget to $278.9 million, and increasing taxes. How does a government create new government jobs, despite shrinking revenue, and not increase taxes. Easy. Just eat into the surplus created by the more efficient Republican Freeholder Board,” the candidates said in their combined release.

“Unfortunately, sooner or later the taxpayer is going to pay for these Democrat directed excesses. The 9-0 Democratic Freeholder board is doing nothing to generate revenue because they are too busy spending your tax dollars to undo every tax saving program instituted by the previous Republican controlled board,” the Republican concluded in their final release of the campaign.

Fanwood GOP Candidates Launch Site on the Internet

FANWOOD — Will Coronato and Dave Trumpp, Republican candidates for Fanwood Borough Council, have announced the launching of their website — ~wcoronato.

“We believe we are the first local candidates in Fanwood history to have a web site,” Mr. Coronato said. “We believe communication with Fanwood residents is essential. So we have developed a website which will allow residents to identify our position on local issues.”

Mr. Trumpp noted that literature distributed by the Democrat opponents doesn’t discuss issues, asserting merely that the Democrats are familiar with local issues.

“Our literature and our website, however, show what we believe are some of the salient issues affecting our community,” he said.

“We also invite questions from the community,” Mr. Trumpp said, “and provide a link to our e-mail address to make it easy for citizens to ask us questions.”

Questions may be submitted to the candidates by e-mail to:

Mr. Coronato added that he and Mr. Trumpp believe Fanwood should have its own web site, touting the many

benefits of living in the 1.3-squaremile municipality, providing links to web sites set up by its businesses as well as a descriptive agenda of council and various boards and commission meetings as well as text and supporting material of local ordinances.

Mr. Trumpp said if Fanwood had its own website, various volunteer opportunities could be listed, thereby expanding the pool of volunteers willing to serve their neighbors.

“As we have walked door-to-door throughout the borough, residents consistently voice their concern for greater communication between the council and citizens. Many residents do not have cable, and therefore don’t have access to Channel 35 and its coverage of Borough Council meetings or announcements of upcoming events.

A Fanwood web site would provide more convenient access to information of critical importance to the residents,” Mr. Coronato said.

“We believe there should also be a quarterly newsletter for our residents, and an annual report should be distributed to all who request it,” Mr. Trumpp said.

“A website and newsletter, in conjunction with cable TV coverage would provide maximum access to information for the residents,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

hold that had previously been paid for financing the bond.

“In this way, the deck would be self financing. Third, its architecture must be in harmony with the buildings that surround it,” the candidate stated.

On the issue of a referendum for a parking deck, Mr. Salisbury stated: “We don’t live in California. Government by referendum has often been disastrous there. The parking problem is a complex one. Most of us have neither the time nor the inclination to study it, come up with the best solutions, and then implement them. That’s what we elect council people to do.”

“It makes little sense to me to shift back to the voters the responsibility for studying problems and coming up with solutions. Why elect people to public office in the first place if they can’t — or won’t — do what we elected them to do?” the candidate concluded.






By virtue of the above-stated writ of execution to me directed I shall expose for sale by public vendue, on the 6th Floor of the Union County Court House (Tower) 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey on WEDNESDAY THE 28TH DAY OF OCTOBER A.D., 1998 at two o’clock in the afternoon of said day. All successful bidders must have 20% of their bid available in cash or certified check at the conclusion of the sales.

The judgment amount is $148,455.12. The property to be sold is located in the CITY OF ELIZABETH in the County of Union and the State of New Jersey.

Premises commonly known as: 201-203 and part of 205 SOUTH FIFTH STREET, ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY.

Tax Lot No. 1226 in Block No. 05. Dimensions of Lot (Approximately): 62 x 100.

Nearest Cross Street: SECOND AVENUE.

There is due approximately the sum of $152,403.18 together with lawful interest and costs.

There is a full legal description on file in the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff reserves the right to adjourn this sale.

RALPH FROEHLICH SHERIFF HOWARD CHERNOFF, P.A., Attorney Box 493 Springfield, New Jersey 07081 CH-754056 (WL) 4 T 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 & 10/22/98 Fee: $165.24
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