The days of commissioners of the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority taking taxpayer-funded medical benefits are over, at least for now.
Though all commissioners appointed to the authority’s board, which meets once a month, are eligible for medical benefits that cost in upwards of $30,000 per year, none are taking them, according to a records Shorebeat recently requested. The five-member board is now completely made up of members appointed by the Democrat-led township council, which in its early days holding a majority of seats pledged to appoint members who would not take benefits.
All members of the board are entitled to a $2,500 annual stipend for their service. Those who do not take health benefits are also eligible for a $5,000 waiver bonus. Several members, George Cevasco, Thomas C. Curtis and Susan Lydecker, take the $5,000 waiver payment. Commissioner Gregory M. Flynn takes a $2,481.03 waiver payment. Commissioner James Fozman, who also serves as a township council member, takes neither benefits nor a waiver payment from the MUA, however he does receive medical benefits from his council position.
Maria E. Foster, an alternate member, is not offered benefits.