Point Beach Councilman Michael Corbally is resigning from council effective immediately.
Following is a copy of a letter Corbally wrote on Thursday to Mayor Vincent Barrella and Municipal Clerk Maryann Ellsworth:
June 20th 2013
To: Mayor Barrella, Maryann Ellsworth,
Since I was elected in 2010, all of my decisions have been based on what I felt was in the best interest of the taxpayers. Quality of life (safety, cleanliness, the right to enjoy your property) and the effectiveness of the Governing Body in achieving these goals directly effects property value. I would hope everyone elected to Council in Point Pleasant Beach wants to improve “Quality of Life” and by doing so will positively improve home values and rentals.
I believe the Court’s decision is flawed and political in finding I have a “conflict of interest” on my vote on the Parking Ordinance. My belief that Point Pleasant Beach should work on a dune system, review and adopt changes to the “Master Plan”, dredge Little Silver Lake, refuse more liquor licenses, put a cop in schools, and finally keep the successful parking restrictions has nothing to do with my business. They are all quality of life issues that need to be addressed now. Unfortunately, a wealthy individual who opposes any of these “Quality of Life” issues can say I’m hoping to improve property values with these votes. As a resident and business owner how would I separate my desire to help raise properties values (good for all) with my business?
I thank Chris Riehl, Maryann Ellsworth, John Trout, Chief O’Hara, all the volunteers, and Mayor Barrella for all the work they did to help Point Pleasant Beach recover after Sandy. It was a pleasure and honor working with you.
We should not be discussing perceived conflicts; the council needs to move forward on the issues I stated above. Effective immediately, I am tendering my resignation from Council.