I think the issue is larger than what we are discussing. The committee would NOT be speaking with the council or the Mayor - in fact it should act in a similar way that the NYPD Civilian Complaint Review Board operates. The Waste Committee would be made up of residents with no ties to the council, teachers, unions, police, developers, builders or businesses in Howell. Simple enough!
The committee would liaison with the Department of justice in DC. The committee would be given access to DETAILED costs and expenditures, hiring practices to stomp out the nepotism in the township, the issuance of building permits etc...
The Committee would NOT answer to the Mayor and the council - rather they would report to the Committee. That's how it should be done. And as a post script it is unacceptable for any member of the council NOT to email - is this the NYS Governors office?
Now - finding people with the time and skills necessary to intelligently administer such a committee is the hard part. No one likes to be watched lets face it but if they are watched and held legally/criminally liable I think the integrity level and respect for their constituents rises to the level it should be at already.
I think that people having strong opinions is good. I think the apathy comes from the so called politicians shutting people down. NYC has many civic organizations and the politicians are clear about their roles. Respect for the tax paying citizens is sorely lacking in Howell from what I have observed watching the meetings on TV.
No one can stop us from forming our own watchdog groups and via FOIA they must turn over what we request.
I am going to check out that web site about Howell waste right now. Remember if we feel like we are living in a corrupt Mayberry we have recourse to Federal agencies. Be empowered! If you feel intimidated or threatened just check out: http://www.justice.gov/
Our strength extends beyond Howell borders.