POST SCRIPT (a simple fact that I thought important to share regarding an allegation in the complaint):
One of the allegations contained in the complaint is that the Municipality has an ATM positioned in the Court and Police lobby, and that Municipality is making money on its use. I direct you to Par. 32 of the complaint where it says the following:
"32. As the police department only takes cash or money orders, often times they force motorists to use an ATM machine in the lobby of the building. The ATM machine has a limit of $200 per transaction. The ATM collects a fee per transaction which pays additional money to the Municipality. Therefore, in order for a motorist to get their vehicle back when he/she pays cash, the motorist has to use the ATM machine twice and pay two fees for the use of the ATM before they have enough cash to pay for the impound fee."
When you read that in the complaint, how many of you were outraged? How many couldn't believe that your Town would be so low to do such a thing? Well, the truth is that Lawrence Township does not make a single penny on that ATM machine. It was installed at the request of Chief Mark Ubry because he felt that it would offer more convenience to those that needed money while doing court or police business. The transaction fee ($3.00) goes to the ATM owner.....NOT TO THE TOWNSHIP. Do you know how simple it is to verify this fact? All that you would have to do is to send an email to me, the clerk or our CFO and ask, "How much revenue is received by the Township for the ATM machine at the Court and Police Building annually? We would all provide an answer: $0.00. If you wanted to be more formal, you can file an OPRA request (Open Public Records Act) which you can do online and by email to our Clerk. This was NOT done by the Plaintiffs or their attorney in this case. Yet, so many of you believed the complaint on its face. I have the emails and comments to me letting me know how awful we are. This is something to think about when you wonder about this matter.