Missed the Nov. 15 township committee meeting? No worries, West Deptford Patch has you covered. Here are the five things you need to know about last night’s meeting:
1. Committee issued proclamations honoring Maria Budd and Mark Goggin. Budd and Goggin were honored for their roles in saving a 5-year-old child back in August. Both in attendance, the two joined the committee to accept the proclamations. Family, including Maria Budd’s mother-in-law, Jeanne Budd, watched in the audience as they accepted their honors from Mayor Raymond Chintall.
Maria Budd, a nurse, and former firefighter and friend Goggin performed CPR on the child after she sunk to the bottom of a swimming pool during a birthday party. The child was taken away by ambulances and has since made a full recovery.
2. The first reading of an ordinance fixing the salary grades of township employees and official for the 2012 year passed with a 3-2 vote. Chintall and Committeeman Samuel Cianfarini both voted against the ordinance. Cianfarini cited current economic conditions for the basis of his vote.
Second reading of the ordinance will be heard on Thursday, Dec. 20.
3. The second reading on an ordinance mandating background checks for youth sport coaches and heads of other youth programs was approved unanimously by the committee. Starting next year, all adults who volunteer for youth programs sponsored by the township will submit to fingerprinting for the purpose of background checks, before the organization can receive its allotment from the Recreation Board. Full story available here.
4. Per the Division of Local Government Services requirements, the township discussed the 2012-13 State Best Practices Inventory. West Deptford Township Administrator Eric Campo explained the yearly inventory of 50 questions allows the division to withhold the final installment of state aid until townships score within a given tier. Campo explains the financial incentive is used to encourage the townships to adopt state best practices.
While the township score was originally a 39 out of 50, Campo informed the committee that the township could now answer “yes” to two more question, bringing the township’s score to 41, and putting the township in the top tier. One of the amended questions regarded the disclosure of third-party administration (TPA) contracts, while the other regarded annual employee liability training.
5. A resolution approving the place-to-place transfer of a plenary retail distribution license belonging to G’s Liquor Gallery passed unanimously. Chintall explained that the liquor store was planning to move from the Sherwood Plaza to the plaza that currently houses King of Steaks. G’s Liquor owner Greg Payer previously spoke to Patch about his intentions on purchasing the plaza from its current owner.
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