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BOE Issues Apology For Graydon Pool Project Robo Calls

In BOE, Dr Fishbein, Graydon Pool, Ridgewood New Jersey, Swift911 on January 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm


BOE Issues Apology For Graydon Pool Project Robo Calls

From this week’s rps.enews:

Discussion item; Monday night’s BOE meeting:

Swift911: Dr. Fishbein spoke about the decision to honor the request from the Village of Ridgewood to use the district’s Swift911 calling system to phone residents about the Graydon Pool Project presentation. He issued an apology and reported that new procedures were immediately set up for approval of such requests. There was an assurance that no personal phone numbers were given out. The Board had a brief discussion about setting a policy with respect to the use of Swift911.

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  1. That’s new for the BOE to actually “apologize” for something. Let’s hope it’s a start. They’ve got a lot of digging to do before they reach daylight.

  2. How about a Swift911 call to alert us to the fact that there was a “slight water main break” yesterday, which explains why the water on the eastside is yellow/brown this morning. Apparently, the water is safe to drink. No thanks.

  3. Sharing fast communications systems is what’s important…

    I didn’t get any phone calls and I have 10 Grand Kids in school…

    Call anytime… when it’s of general Village interests. We don’t have a daily Ridgewood Paper to share News quickly…and.. Making phone calls and e-mails is the trend today.

    We are past the 2 cent postage age… call me anytime … robo calls are handled easily.. Just hang up… or just let you answering machine handle the call.

  4. I agree with 12:34’s statement – “[s]haring fast communications systems is what’s important” – except that important should be inserted before communications. The Graydon Pool Project is not important enough to waste Village resources. It was an inappropriate use and I am glad that the BOE acknowledged trhe mistake.

  5. The Graydon robocall constitutes lobbying. The message was very pro-pool. It was not strictly informational. It should not have been used

    The BOE did not apologize. Mr. Fishbein did.

  6. What is missing from these questions about the robocalls? How much did it cost to use the system? No way was this free. There is a cost per call associated with these systems.

  7. The pool project committee was billed $500-600 for use of the system.

  8. Swift911 uses the #911.

    911 is for emergencies and not for recreational issues.

    There is no way that 911 in any form should be used for anything other than emergencies.

    What right has the Village of Ridgewood (who?) to use an emergency number for a recreational issue.

    The village has not used the swift911 system for other village issues so what made the pool such an emergency?

    Who at Village Hall requested it and why?

  9. 4:52 We will never know who is responsible. Being a politician doesn’t require nobility.

  10. Some of you really need a life.

    I have kids in the school system and we didn’t get the robo calls for some reason. To be honest I get 3-4 cold calls per night that I have no interest in. It is very simple to screen the calls and not pick up. On the other hand, I would LIKE to to have information about issues in Ridgewood.

    Regardless, at the official BOE meeting the Superintendent, who authorized he use, apologized. People make mistakes…move on! No harm was done, the Graydon people paid for the usage and it doesn’t appear that it will happen again (for better or worse).

    Why don’t those of you, who feel compelled to complain about everything that happens in this town, just move? If life here is so unbearable and the village government is so corrupt and unjust, why do you stay and subject those of us, who like it here, to you endless rants? I don’t get it.

  11. there should be an email list for alerts or a BETTER village website. robo calls are for emergencies not this crap. whats next? soccer field conditions via robo call?

  12. I’d like to know who contacted the BOE and asked to use their system. This system is for emergencies.

  13. 7:37 pm — Hear, hear, this IS their life.

  14. 7:37 – This will not happen again only because of the outrage that residents expressed. If no one spoke up, this would not have been the last time. Why would someone rant on a blog about others who rant? You should take your own advice – if you don’t like what you read then move on.

  15. Why don’t those of you, who feel compelled to complain about everything that happens in this town, just move? If life here is so unbearable and the village government is so corrupt and unjust, why do you stay and subject those of us, who like it here, to you endless rants? I don’t get it.

    we lived here first so you leave thank you !

  16. 737 dont you know by now that ranting about ranting make you look the fool? btw if you want the water park and the garage for njt ,then write a check and pay for it

  17. yes and so what about ranting about ranters ,ranting about ranting?

  18. I would love to sell and move out of Ridgewood, but Ridgewood’s reputation as a great place to live, with a great school system, and a natural pool has slipped.

    High land taxes here, together with the slumping economy has made it harder and harder to get my money out of the property.

  19. “we lived here first so you leave thank you ” 3:43 PM

    Sorry, some of us grew up here, so technically, we were here first.

    As for “ranting” about government corruption, no matter how petty, since when did that a civic offense?

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