(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones made a statement at Wednesday’s Atlantic City Council meeting in an attempt to “clear up the muddy waters” so to speak in reference to a March Personnel/Finance committee meeting.
“I want to clear up a couple of items from what has happened the past couple of weeks,” exclaimed Jones. “The Personnel/Finance Committee meeting conducted on March 28 was held to discuss personnel matters which I did not believe should have been discussed in a public forum.”
Jones explained what the committee did not do.
“The committee did not discuss statements made by Don Sonntag at the March 20 City Council meeting and we did not discuss the firing of Doug Harris…let me repeat that we did not discuss firing Doug Harris.”
Jones then asked members of the Personnel/Finance Committee if they agreed with his statement and member Steve Livengood agreed nothing the mentioned items were discussed.
The issue started after the March 20 meeting when Atlantic Developer Don Sonntag presented a letter to the Atlantic City Council stating he was discontinuing his efforts with a $2-million housing project. Sonntag was asking for a $250,000 T.I.F. grant and pulled the plug on the project. Sonntag said at the time that it seemed as if there was a constant effort by Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris behind the scenes to derail the project. Doug Harris declined to comment when asked about Sonntag’s allegations.
A Personnel and Finance Committee meeting was held about a week later. Some members of the public questioned whether or not it was a violation of the “Open Meetings law.”
April 18, 2013