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Letter: Mix Up Over RiverWinds Refund 'Far-Fetched'

The letter writer doesn't like what he saw at the Sept. 6 West Deptford Township Committee meeting.

To the Editor:

I would like to comment on the actions displayed by Mayor Ray Chintall and Committeeman Sam Cianfarini at the Sept. 6, 2012, West Deptford Township Committee meeting. I attended this meeting, where it was brought to light that the township had assessed a $750 usage fee for an event at the RiverWinds facility in June 2012. This fee was charged even though all proceeds for the event were benefitting a young child with a serious medical condition.

It should be noted that at the Sept. 6 meeting, Deputy Mayor Sean Kilpatrick stated that Chintall verbally authorized the refund via a phone conversation, after which the Kilpatrick informed the family of the child as to the decision. Kilpatrick stated that he would never have told the child’s family they would be refunded the $750 usage fee if the mayor hadn’t approved it. Chintall then went on record acknowledging the conversation, but then claimed their call got disconnected before he could fully authorize the refund.

I personally find this statement from Mayor Chintall to be far-fetched, and seriously doubt that the deputy mayor would have the informed the child’s family as to the refund without the mayor’s prior consent. Chintall also attempted to make amends by donating his own money towards the child’s cause, but I again find this to be disingenuous. Had the mayor acknowledged his original conversation with Deputy Mayor Kilpatrick regarding the refund, his attempt to make-up for his actions would have been unnecessary.

Eric Agren
West Deptford

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William Libby October 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Continue to defend. Shameful considering you helped get those two in office. Three peas in a pod! Just shows your true colors.
William Libby October 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Redneck aka "the dog poisoner" not only do you endorse profiting on a disabled boy but now you are attacking the girl scouts? Classic!
Occupant October 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Eric, The mayor donated $200 of his own money before this ever came up at the meeting. At the township meeting, Republican, yes, you heard it correctly, Republican Freeholder Larry Wallace put it to bed by paying the entire $750. Kilpatrick then and only then offered $100. Deal done... this is old news, please move on.
Jim Kilarney October 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I know Sean Kilpatrick is a strange young man but one thing he is not is a liar. Mayor Chintall lied to Kilpatrick and was called out at the meeting on September 6th for changing his story yet again. It's becoming an ongoing trend with Chintall and Cianfarini to lie their way our of the issues. Dont these two men have any morals?
Occupant October 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Jim, Let me tell you that Sean went ahead and didn't adhere to the township ordinance that says that there is a charge for using the Riverwinds facility. No exceptions. Unless the ENTIRE township committee votes otherwise and not after the fact.

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