Can the turbulent town of Roseland find "order" in the court?
After a two hour and forty five minute hearing on Thursday, a judge said the situation represented an “all time low,” for government, and that it “had to stop.”
On ongoing squabble between the town clerk and the town council produced competing lawsuits.
“We all want resolution so they can work together,” said Anna Hearn, the attorney representing the town clerk, “but as you've seen I've seen many of you at the town council meetings, a lot of times that doesn’t happen. There’s yelling, shouting, people ordering other people to arrest someone.
It just doesn’t happen.”
The judge indicated he planned to issue an order on Friday that would hopefully restore order in the town.
“I hope that we start working toward getting an order that forces both sides to work within the confines of the law and do things the way they're suposed to be done,” said attorney Peter Agostino, who is representing the Roseland Town Marshal.
According to statements in court, the town of Roseland has ground to a halt.
There are some bills that have gone unpaid for two months, and some police officers have missed court dates because they did not receive their mail in a timely fashion.
Furthermore, the locks have been changed on the clerk’s office at town hall, effectively locking her out of her own office.
The judge indicated he would come up with an order on Friday to try and help the town return to normal operations.