Councilman To Donate JMEUC Salary

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Published: February 1, 2018 @ 6:00 AM EDT

Third Ward Councilman William Fahoury will be donating his $6,979 salary as this year’s representative to the Joint Meeting of Essex & Union Counties (JMEUC) to the borough.

At the January 18th Mayor & Council meeting, Councilman Fahoury said, “Last year there was an issue that arose about compensation for the representative for Joint Sewer. I get compensated this year for going to these lovely meetings. This year, I plan to change it up. For this year, while I’m on Joint Sewer, I’ll be donating the money I make for going to the Joint Sewer meetings. I’ve not decided where to donate the money to, but some ideas I’ve thought of were giving it to the tree trust fund, setting up a one-year scholarship for a high school student potentially or using the money to help other charitable causes. For those who do not know, the representative for Joint Sewer gets paid monthly, and it’s not a lump sum.”

Since 2015, the 11-member JMEUC board has voted and approved to give itself a 2% raise every year for the same number of meetings.

For years, one of Roselle Park’s little-known secrets for elected officials was the appointment to the JMEUC. It is one of the very few appointments to a municipal board that is a salaried position. Out of all of them, it is the one that is paid the most.

Roselle Park is a member of two sewerage authorities – Rahway Valley Sewer Authority (RVSA) and the JMEUC – and has a representative for each one. Each of these appointments comes with a salary.

This year, after a 2% raise voted on by the JMEUC board, each member will have a monthly salary of $581.62 for 12 months whether a member attends a meeting or not and even though sometimes there are only ten (10) meetings a year with no meetings during the summer. The chair of he JMEUC, the person who runs the once-a-month meetings, will get paid close to $14,000. By way of comparison, an RVSA commissioner is paid $30 per meeting attended for a maximum of $600/year.

Appointments to the board are given to members of the governing body according to an interpretation of NJSA 40A:65-3 that the JMEUC cites. A breakdown of the annual JMEUC board salaries is listed below:

A breakdown of the annual JMEUC board salaries since 2005 is listed below:

Year
Members
Chair
Total
2005
$6,240
$12,480
$74,880
2006
$6,456
$12,374
$76,934
2007
$6,456
$12,912
$77,472
2008
$6,456
$12,374
$76,934
2009
$6,456
$12,912
$77,472
2010
$6,456
$12,374
$76,934
2011
$6,456
$12,912
$77,472
2012
$6,456
$12,378
$76,938
2013
$6,456
$12,912
$77,472
2014
$6,456
$12,378
$76,938
2015
$6,577
$13,175
$78,945
2016
$6,708
$13,439
$80,523
2017
$6,843
$13,707
$82,134
2018
$6,979
$13,982
$83,776
TOTAL
$1,094,824.44

A listing of JMEUC appointees from Roselle Park, along with their alternates, is available at the end of this article. Roselle Park is one of the few JMEUC member municipalities that have alternates and change their representative every year. A bit of interesting correlation is that from 2005 to 2010, the councilmember appointed to the JMEUC was also running – or supposed to run – for office that year. It has been said by a former member that the appointment and accompanying salary was helpful in funding campaigns.

Since 2015, the 11-member JMEUC board has voted and approved to give itself a 2% raise every year for the same number of meetings.

JMEUC meetings are scheduled usually for the third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Maplewood Municipal Building located at 574 Valley Street in Maplewood. Meetings are open to the public. The next JMEUC meeting is scheduled for February 15th.

Year
Appointment
Alternate
Amount
2005
Kevin Murphy
Rick Matarante
$6,240
2006
Rick Matarante
Robert Rubilla
$6,456
2007
Robert Rubilla
Ricky Badillo
$6,456
2008
Ricky Badillo
Michael Yakubov
$6,456
2009
Michael Yakubov
Modesto Miranda
$6,456
2010
Modesto Miranda
Joseph DeIorio
$6,456
2011
Joseph Accardi
Modesto Miranda
$6,456
2012
Tanya Torres
Michael Yakubov
$6,456
2013
Andrew Casais
Tanya Torres
$6,456
2014
Ryan Kelly
Joseph Accardi
$6,456
2015
Carl Hokanson
Mohamed 'Gino' Elmarassy
$6,577
2016
Carl Hokanson
Charlene Storey
$6,708
2017
Eugene Meola
William Fahoury
$6,843
2018
William Fahoury
Carl Hokanson
$6,979
$90,890