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December 5, 2013

Borough Council held a special meeting Monday, December 2 at 5:30 in the afternoon. No, you didn’t miss the notice on the website, it wasn’t there. It was advertised in the Burlington County Times but, honestly, how many of us actually peruse the paper for those notices? The purpose of the meeting was to introduce an amendment to the salary ordinance which would give Donna Mull a $16,000 + increase in her salary, effective January 1. You see, Donna applied for, interviewed and was offered a 
position in a nearby town which came with a substantial increase over her current salary and she needed to give them an answer immediately. In order to ensure that she would not leave, Council offered her a $16,000 increase in her current salary, remaining at 4 days per week. Kudos to Donna for her timing in this situation. It’s the end of the year, it’s the holiday season, and Council would be hard pressed to advertise, interview and find a replacement by the first of the year. I don’t know why you 
would want to stay in Pemberton Borough if you are unhappy with your job. If you’re not unhappy with your job, you don’t generally apply and interview for positions elsewhere. Unless, of course, you want to hold a gun to someone’s head. Well played Donna.

What about the remainder of the Borough employees? They certainly work just as hard and deserve the same considerations given to Donna. Will they be treated the same? How would we ever be able to afford that? 

The public hearing and adoption of this salary ordinance is at the next regular council meeting to be held December 16 at 7:00 PM. The residents of Pemberton Borough need to attend this meeting and let Council know that a salary of almost $100,000 per year in a town this size is not something we can afford or sustain. 

Bonnie Haines



September 28, 2012

Here it is the day before the Annual Fall Festival and Borough Hall is closed.  As with every event of this nature, there are always last minute things that need to be addressed and questions that arise.  There is an employee that receives additional compensation to plan and organize this event, however, she doesn't work on Fridays because no one does.  So those questions go unanswered and the issues go unresolved, or they get pushed off on someone else to handle.  

Would it be so difficult to apply some forward thinking and have the person who is paid to organize this event available the day before the event to address any issues that come up?  An adjusted day off would be an acceptable trade, but to not even think it's necessary or, to not even consider it, is disturbing to say the least.

Joe and Bonnie Haines


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