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5 Things You Need to Know from the Twp. Committee Meeting

Patch has the five things you missed at Thursday, Nov. 15 West Deptford Township Committee meeting.

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.    

Samantha McCall November 16, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I cannot say anything other than, selfish and irresponsible. I do not begrudge anyone a pay raise, however, this isn't personal, but the township employees have gotten a 2% raise every year. I haven't gotten a pay raise every year, due to the economy. We have been told at work that we will be doing more for less. Why do government employees, and I am not talking about all employees, feel a sense of entitlement? However, in today's economy, everyone is paying the price. I personally don't want anyone to lose their job, and when we were told at work that there will be no more overtime, or there will be lay-offs, I was fine with that. I don't want someone else to lose their job. I cannot understand why people don't see that we are all on the same team, and sacrifices need to be made for the better of the entire community. No one is saying they will never get a pay raise, but right now, we need to be fiscally responsible, but it seems that there are some people, it's all about them! What's in it for me, it is actually very sad. This is why our country is in the dire straights that it is in. Keep spending money that we don't have. I really feel bad for our kids, because they will be the one's paying for this act of selfishness.
Dagger Jones November 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The dems it's gimme gimme gimme that's why the the 2 dems and the bobblehead are alike FEED ME MORE.they do not care about the people of this township. dicarlo a clone of docimo is the puppet on that dais. Sean you are on your way out and you don't even live in west deptford you moved out.
Occupant November 17, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Keeping it Real, Lets say you took out a second mortgage to pay for construction on an addition to your house with a swimming pool with a new deck, driveway with landscaping but you left it up to the contractor and the bank to handle things. You started to pay the new mortgage payment and went off to Disney World for a month while the work was being done. When you returned, you found out low and behold the addition was built but the pool, deck, driveway and landscaping was never completed. Plus the contractor went out of business while you were gone. You contacted the bank and asked why they approved all the payments to the builder when it wasn't fully completed. The bank wouldn't provide you the paperwork, so you subpoena the bank and they finally provide some paperwork but it shows that the bank authorized payments not related to your construction. Remember, meanwhile your still on the hook and paying the monthly payments. You sue the bank and say, I didn't get my pool, deck, and driveway so I'm don't think I should be paying you. You hire lawyer and go to court. You lose. So at this point you are standing in your yard where the pool should be contemplating what to do now, no pool,driveway and landscaping and obligated to continue to pay the new mortgage. Your neighbor is sitting on his deck and yells over your wasting money paying your high price lawyer, laughs at you for ever trying to get your money back in the first place. My question to you is, What would you do?
Tom Stanton November 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
100% on point Samantha! With the amount of debt our township owes, why are our representatives willing to continue the unnecessary spending? The township will need to bring in more revenue in order to pay for these higher wages. Revenue is another word for taxes. I, as a tax payer and not a tax burden, will be taxed in order to pay for these higher wages as well as the rest of our community. I also work for a private company. Unlike the government, a private business must make fiscally responsible decisions in order to stay in business because they do not have the power to just simply raise taxes in order to pay for their irresponsible decisions. I find it ironic that our committee members with financial backgrounds are the yes votes. So much for that CPA license, or lack there of.
GeneSimmons78 November 18, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Hey noresponsenovote how can you debate about the dangers of being a police officer when you never stepped in their shoes. In any town. Officers are killed everyday and not in camden. Lakewood, Millville these are not camden or philly. Complain about your department when your home with your families on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh by the way Camden officers start in the $40k get it right.

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