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Public Invited to Township Committee's Monday Night Workshops

Informal meetings meant to give residents chance to speak on issues in an informal setting.

 The new Township Committee meeting schedule has split the Legislative Session (which is held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30 in the municipal building) from the Workshop session. ThIs was done for several reasons. 

The previous schedule resulted in TC meetings that sometimes went for several hours which meant residents with matters to discuss had to sit through lengthy statistical reports from department heads with no real opportunity to interact with them or the Committee. By moving the Department Head reports to a separate meeting, the Tuesday legislative sessions will be more efficient and productive without going late into the evening and the single Workshop meeting will more open and flexible. 

The Workshop meetings are held in the Firehouse at 7:30 p.m. on the Monday before the first Tuesday Regular session. The sessions are In the Joseph Pepe Training room on the second floor. Contrary to what has been said by Mr. Krauss in the Patch, the Firehouse parking lot is lit and the door is open. The meetings, although not televised, are audiotaped, so there is no attempt to hide anything. Just come in and either take the stair or the elevator to the second floor. No one should feel intimidated into not attending.

The first meeting followed the previous pattern of reports by each department head, but the public also had the opportunity to interact with both the reporting officials and the TC members. This resulted in an informal and productive exchange of information and ideas. In future the process will be refined; since the statistical reports are furnished in advance to the TC members, we will have read them prior to the meeting and the discussion in public can be on broader topics and the meetings shorter. You are invited to attend and engage In productive talk with your township officials with no restricting rules. Open discussion is encouraged.

Please join us.

The next Workshop meeting at the Firehouse will be on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 PM.

Shore Girl February 23, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Well what is the deal about the land swap? Does anyone want to enlighten the people of Springfield?
Nota Whistleblower April 14, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Although I attended my first meeting, I watched the replay on cable and re-confirmed what I thought I saw/heard- A lot of topics on the Pre-Agenda do not actually get discussed at the Tuesday meetings. They just rattle off a list of agenda #s and motion to approve the ones they already agree on as a group. They do not read all of the topics. While town Citizens Such as Sandy may come off as someone sticking his nose into all town business, he has that right and the right to hear every topic read before it is put to motion.
County Watchdog April 15, 2013 at 02:17 AM
When you vote them in, you vote in the power they invoke.
County Watchdog April 15, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Sandy Wenger is a caring Springfield Citizen! I met him on Tuesday and he was a gentleman to myself and husband. I follow both the County and local township level for anything to do with improvements, Education, Children's programs, Sports recognition etc. I too feel they lumped a bunch of pre-agenda topics/motions into a group, approved all but one and then just read that one out loud.
County Watchdog April 15, 2013 at 02:41 AM
While Sandy inquired about banners and signs and Fema workers shows he is involved in all aspects of the town. He inquired about the Fema program and was told a 140k bond was issued and the 140k bond was used and the program was over. Looking back to Mr. Shehady's post December 2012, it stated that the town had secured a 140k bond from FEMA for 9 workers plus $3,600 each in surplus. The February post confirmed the workers were cleaning up the parks and Hurricane Sandy debris and it was stated the program is over. Did it start in February & End in Early April? The numbers do not match up. 9 workers x approximately 10 weeks x $16/hr= approximately $57,600????? Sandy mentioned to us that he was friendly with the workers and they originally thought they were getting 6 months of work.

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