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Englishtown Council Passes Resolution Vacating Councilwoman's Seat

Carr has not attended Englishtown Council meetings since December 2011, causing the council to deem her seat vacant according to New Jersey statute.

At the Council Meeting on Wednesday, a resolution was unanimously passed deeming Councilwoman Jayne Carr's seat vacant; Carr was absent.

Englishtown Borough Attorney Joseph Youssouf said that "the New Jersey Municipal Vacancy Law specifically states that the office of a member governing body of a municipality shall be deemed vacant whenever a member of the governing body fails to attend and participate in any meetings of the governing body for a period of eight consecutive weeks without being excused from attendance by a majority of the members of the governing body at the conclusion of such period."

Youssouf said that this law provides that the governing body may refuse to excuse only with respect to those failures to attend and participate which are not due to legitimate illness.

Carr has been absent from Englishtown Council meetings since December 2011, Youssouf said, so Carr's seat must be deemed vacant according to New Jersey law. The council was enforcing the state law by approving this resolution.

Carr has not been at Englishtown Council meetings because she said she did not want to endanger the lives of the public and other council members since.

A plain white envelope addressed to Jayne Carr was sent to her home with a return address of 15 Main St., the address of the Englishtown Municipal Building. Inside of the envelope was piece of paper with a photograph Carr's house with a gun superimposed onto the perimeter of the house and gun pointing at Carr's front door, according to Carr. Typed text beneath the picture were the words, "Jayne, when are you coming home?"

"The evidence was taken and secured by the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office where two homicide detectives were assigned to this case as a priority. The Federal Postal Service joined the force as well as the State Crime Lab when the charges were raised to terrorism," Carr said.

While Carr's intentions for not participating as a part of the governing body in a public forum were to protect her and her colleagues, she said that council were aware of the reason for her absences.

The Englishtown municipal clerk contacted Carr yesterday afternoon to inform her about the resolution the council had passed and to ask her to turn in her keys to Borough Hall, according to Carr.

"What really puzzles me is that the Council would actually vote under this circumstance that my absence was to be seen as unexcused and then use that as their tool to remove me," Carr said. "I'm very sad that my many years of contribution, spirit and community service have been doused, but I am very happy to be alive."

Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:18 AM
"No kidding going on here. Each post is being forwarded to the MC Prosecutors Office." Really? Is this REALLY Carr or just an imposter? Didn't I read somewhere on the Patch about your griping about "free speech" when you were on the council? So just what are YOU going to accomplish by sending posts that point out you were in violation of N.J.S.A. 40A:16-3? I noticed my other posting is missing. Did you have something to do with that? Let's recap for the people the terms of your censure: RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF ENGLISHTOWN CENSURING COUNCILWOMAN JAYNE L. CARR FOR CONDUCT DETRIMENTAL TO THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF BOROUGH GOVERNANCE AND VIOLATING STANDARDS OF DECORUM AND DEBATE OF A PUBLIC BODY: HEREAS; A fundamental precept of governing legislative bodies is that elected officials have an ethical duty to conduct themselves in a manner that will not impugn the integrity of the body nor the integrity of other elected officials; and WHEREAS; Vigorous debate of public issues and policy decisions is a necessary part of the democratic process but that process should not devolve into bitter acrimony and ad hominum attacks; and WHEREAS; Councilwoman Jayne L. Carr has repeatedly violated these fundamental precepts and, by her actions has disrupted the orderly conduct of Borough business and called into question the integrity of the elected governing body of the Borough; and
Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
WHEREAS; The acts here complained of include, but are not limited to: 1. On September 28, 2011 during a public meeting of the Borough Council, Councilwoman Carr claimed that she had conducted meetings of the Englishtown Development Committee about “six months ago” i.e. March/April of 2011 and “…last year” i.e. October of 2010. A careful review of Borough records revealed that, contrary to Councilwoman Carr’s public assertions, the Committee never met in 2010 nor 2011; that no public notices referencing the scheduling of a meeting of the Englishtown Development Committee were ever published or advertised by the Borough; that no entry of official minutes of the alleged meetings were ever filed with the Borough Clerk’s office. Additionally, four of the appointed members of Committee deny that they were ever notified of a meeting of the Committee or that they participated in such a meeting. 2. On September 28, 2011 Councilwoman Carr publicly accused Councilman Gregory W. Wojyn of engaging in “…continuous behavior and unwanted contact…bordering on harassment and possibly stalking…” of a local Borough businessman. In a story published on September 29, 2011 by ManalapanPatch.com, the local businessman claimed to have been victimized by Councilman Wojyn unequivocally stated that Carr’s allegations were untrue and that Councilman Wojyn had never harassed or “stalked” him.
Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
3. At the Borough Council meeting of September 28, 2011 Councilwoman Carr publicly accused Councilman Wojyn of “erasing” official minutes of the Borough related to the Englishtown Development Committee. According to the Borough Clerk’s office, no minutes of any meetings of the Englishtown Development Committee exist in Borough records since 2006. Councilwoman Jayne Carr submitted the last official minutes of that Committee in electronic form in 2006. Between 2007 and 2011 the Committee was annually reappointed but there is no record, whatsoever of any minutes, reports of meetings, records of action or recommendations of said Committee. The Borough Clerk’s office also avers that no member of Borough Council has access to Borough computers and could not, therefore, access any files for any purpose whatsoever. an Carr received the same advance notice as every other member of the Borough’s governing body and that public notice was posted and published in accordance with the requirements of the “Open Public Meetings Act”. Every other member of Borough Council received the notice of the special meeting. The claims of malfeasance or nonfeasance leveled against the office of the Borough Clerk were untrue, unfounded and improper.
Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:20 AM
NOW, THERFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, that based upon the above specified unfounded public accusations of wrongdoing and conduct of Councilwoman Jayne Carr, the Governing Body of the Borough of Englishtown does formally CENSURE AND REPRIMAND Councilwoman Jayne L. Carr.
Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I only see two council members on your committee. Why don't you tell everyone reading this what those two council members did to stop you from having your Englishtown Development meetings? Oh WAIT! You never HAD a meeting! Those pesky facts keep getting in the way of your excuses and tall tales of mystery and terror!
Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:48 AM
It's amazing what you can find on the Internet in 10 minutes with an outdated computer. The Patch, however, can't seem to find this information with all of their reporters, modern computers, and deep pockets of America Online. I bet I would be able to find Amelia Earhart if I had the Patch's deep pockets!
Murray Hill April 06, 2012 at 01:48 AM
OK censors! Start deleting my posts!
Tx April 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Has the Englishtown Police been informed of the when the charges were raised to terrorism, and if not why not
Tx April 06, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Would they not be the first line of defence to protect you??
Mur Hill April 06, 2012 at 09:37 AM
WHEREAS; Vigorous debate of public issues and policy decisions is a necessary part of the democratic process but that process should not devolve into bitter acrimony and ad hominum attacks;
Mur Hill April 06, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Hey Tx! How come the first comment of the story disappeared? Any therories? I notice no other stories on the Patch seem to experience this problem! Eric 1:36 pm on Friday. March 30. 2012 We wish Jayne all the best in her new endeavors and fervently hope that Englishtown finds someone who is willing and able to attend meetings and do the people’s business. Last October, Galloway Townships Mayor, Keith Hartn’en, was removed from his seat do to sinilar circun’stances http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2O1 1/1O/27/atbntic-county-niayor-removed-from-office-for-not-showiig-up-to-workl). Only in New Jersey do we have such coincidences! I wonder how inich has been spent on investigating these “death threats” and if the perpatrator has been caught; after all, they put a return address on the envelope, that should narrow the pool of suspects.

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