Campground Residency Issue Fell A Vote Short

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December 4, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Woodbine, N.J., Borough Council's contentious vote this week over campground residency failed, Solicitor Paul Baldini said today (Dec. 4).

Baldini on Thursday interpreted the 2-1 vote with two abstentions as an approval of the ordinance allowing tenants at Woodbine's campgrounds to remain there year-round, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

(Woodall's Campground Management posted the story earlier in the day.)

But Baldini amended his opinion after examining the rules for approving ordinances under Woodbine's Borough Council form of government.

"The statute says an ordinance needs three votes to pass and a majority (approval) of those present," he said.

This opinion matches the conclusion Borough Clerk Lisa Garrison and former Solicitor and now Councilman-Elect Michael Benson drew on Thursday when they said the measure failed.

The council did not declare publicly whether the measure was approved or rejected after the vote tally. Instead, Mayor William Pikolycky moved on to the resolutions on the agenda.

Pikolycky today said he had no doubts Thursday the measure failed.

But Baldini said the vote tally was unusual.

"I've been practicing 25 years and I haven't seen a vote like that before," he said.

Meanwhile, the borough clerk today she has asked the solicitor for a written opinion on the vote's import.

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