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Bridgeton Representatives Attend First CDC Board Meeting as Bridgeton Joins CDC in 2013
Outgoing CDC Chairman Mayor Skip Bowman of Lawrence and New CDC Chairman Mayor Bruce Hankins of Hopewell welcomed Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton to the CDC Board of Directors on Monday, January 28, 2013 at a meeting held in Deerfield Township's Charlotte Brago Senior Center. It marked Bridgeton's first meeting as a full member of CDC since 1998. All Board members joined in the welcome and everyone expressed confidence that "a new era of expanding cooperation between the townships, borough and city has begun." CDC also welcomed a new alternate Board member from Maurice River Township, Committeewoman Patti Gross.
Officers elected for 2013 were Mayor Bruce Hankins of Shiloh, Chairman, Deputy Mayor Kathy Ireland of Maurice River, Vice Chairperson, Mayor Harold Davis of Shiloh, Corporate Secretary, Mayor Skip Bowman of Lawrence, Treasurer and Mayor Jim Crilley of Upper Deerfield, Member of Executive Committee. Tony Stanzione was re-appointed as Executive Director and Greg Facemyer, CPA as Accountant.
Cumberland Development Corporation Board members and alternates pose for photo marking Bridgeton's re-joining of CDC in January 2013. Left-right: Committeeman John Stanzione, Deerfield; Deputy Mayor Kathy Ireland, Maurice River; Mayor Bruce Hankins, Hopewell; Mayor Albert Kelly, Bridgeton; Committeewoman Patti Gross, Maurice River; Mayor Skip Bowman, Lawrence; Mayor Randy Dickinson, Stow Creek; Mayor Jim Crilley, Upper Deerfield and Committeeman Cosmo Laurella, Deerfield. Mayor Harold Davis of Shiloh was at the meeting but is not in the photo.
Elmer Skip Bowman Named Chairperson of CDC
Cumberland County Freeholder Carol Musso, immediate past Chairperson and Board Member of CDC congratulates Mayor Skip Bowman of Lawrence Township who was elected as Chairman of the Cumberland Development Corporation (CDC) at its annual reorganization meeting in January 2012. Bruce Hankins, Mayor of Hopewell Township, was elected as Vice Chairman. Mayor Kathy Ireland of Maurice River Township was elected as Secretary. Mayor Harold Davis of Shiloh was elected as Treasurer and Mayor James Crilley of Upper Deerfield Township serves on the Executive Committee.
“I am honored to serve as chairman of CDC and to work with the other board members who are all governing body members from the other towns that are active with CDC,” stated Bowman. "In these times, with so many changes being discussed at the Federal, State and County levels of government and with the economic conditions facing everyone, it is more important than ever that the leaders of the municipalities in the area work together to find solutions and to make sure that the voice of the smaller towns is heard.”
“CDC was formed and continues to work for more opportunities for business growth and retention, for more and better jobs for residents and for promoting good communication and cooperation among municipalities, other levels of government and businesses in the area,” Musso said as she concluded many years of service to CDC.
Tony Stanzione, who has served as executive director for since 1998, was re-appointed.
For information on how CDC may be able to assist your business either move into, expand or stay in one of the member townships, call Tony Stanzione at 856-451-4200 or visit www.cdcnj.com .
No state police fees (for now)
Thursday, October 23, 2008 - Bridgeton News
TRENTON - Rural municipalities in New Jersey will not have to fund state police patrols, the state Council of Local Mandates ruled Wednesday.
After hearing both sides of an argument Wednesday morning regarding the constitutionality of forcing municipalities without a full-time or part-time police force to fund state police coverage through their municipal budgets, the seven-person Council of Local Mandates deliberated for 45 minutes before ruling in favor of 28 municipalities opposing the provision in the state's 2008-09 FY budget.
According to Ted Baker, who argued on behalf of the municipalities, the decision invalidates the portion of the state's budget seeking $12.6 million in revenues from rural municipalities to help fund the state police.
"We were surprised, but very pleased, that they ruled in our favor," he said. "Since 1921, the State of New Jersey has paid for the state police. We estimated it would have cost at least $100 per property in every one of the municipalities to provide the funding the state was requesting. We suspect that there's some funding in the state's $30 billion 2008-09 FY budget that can make up for this shortfall."
Howard Scull, mayor of Shiloh Borough, was the first mayor in the state to appeal to the Council of Local Mandates.
Shiloh was charged $44,000 for state police coverage.
"People were pretty much in disbelief that the state would be so arrogant to do such a thing. This was a thing that we depended so much on, and the state threatened to take it away from us," Scull said. "We processed our complaint with the Council of Local Mandates the first day that the state budget was published. Then we got the Cumberland Development Corp. involved."
The CDC represents rural municipalities in Cumberland County.
Executive Director of the group, Tony Stanzione, said he was pleased with Wednesday's decision but, like his colleagues, expressed shock at the speed in which it was made.
"It was extraordinary," he said.
Baker said that state statutes prevent decisions by the Council of Local Mandates from being appealed.
"The state has made noises about trying to appeal the decision, but they can't," he said. "State statutes specifically state that these decisions are non-appealable."
This is not the first time that rural municipalities have opposed a plan by the state to try and charge them for services previously funded by the state.
In the state's 2007-08 FY budget, an attempt was made to charge small towns for the removal of deer carcasses.
Like Wednesday's decision, the Council of Local Mandates overturned the roadkill removal funding mandate.
THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED
To the Editor of the Bridgeton News:
I also thank all the residents who took time to write letters, emails
and faxes to state and legislative officials. Letting your voice be
heard at the State level on an issue like this is very important.
RESIDENTS ASKED TO JOIN FIGHT AGAINST FEES FOR STATE
POLICE FOR TOWNS
LOCAL OFFICIALS ATTEND STATEWIDE MEETING TO FIGHT POLICE FEES
Eleven Cumberland County elected officials, representing seven of the county’s eleven municipalities traveled to the College of New Jersey in Ewing on September 4 to join a meeting of more than 125 other elected officials from mostly rural towns, organized by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, to demand that the state continue to pay for state police services in rural communities that don't have their own police department or have only part-time coverage.
They county contingent pooled their resources through Cumberland Development Corporation to use a passenger van to get to the meeting, giving them time to discuss the issues to and from the meeting. The local elected officials included Hopewell Mayor Bruce Hankins, Upper Deerfield Deputy Mayor Douglas Rainear and Committeemen Jim Crilley and George Joyce, Shiloh Mayor Howard Scull and Council President Harold Davis, Downe Mayor Renee Blizzard, Deerfield Committeemen John Stanzione and Frank Spatola, Lawrence Committeeman Skip Bowman and Commercial Mayor George Garrison.
They were joined by New Jersey Third District Assemblyman Douglas Fisher, Cumberland County Planning and Development Director Kimberly Wood and Cumberland Development Corporation Executive Director Tony Stanzione.
“Fighting and winning the battle against these proposed fees from the state is so important to our residents and taxpayers that we had to take the time to make this trip to join with others from around the state,” said Bowman, who is also chairman of the CDC, which arranged for the carpool. “CDC has been instrumental in keeping local officials informed and actively involved in this matter.” Bowman added.
The meeting comes a month after 89 towns received bills in the mail from the state Department of the Treasury, detailing what they would owe the state in order to keep receiving state police services. The towns have until Dec. 15 to make a decision about staying with the State Police or making other arrangements.
In a unanimous voice vote, the officials asked the League of Municipalities to request a 6-month or longer postponement of the state’s deadline to allow time for further study and discussions with the State. The League was also asked to ask for a meeting between the Governor and State Treasurer, Legislative leaders and the Mayors or other officials of the 89 towns so they can hear the concerns of the towns directly.
Douglas Rainear, speaking on behalf of the Upper Deerfield governing body and the Cumberland County Board of Freeholders, presented a chart that shows that the State is seeking $1.7 million from Cumberland County’s eleven rural towns along, who are some of the state’s most rural and most preserved towns. “Transferring these costs from the State to the local taxpayers will be devastating to most of them and will cause dramatic increases in local property taxes at a time when New Jersey taxpayers are already suffering from the highest property taxes in the nation,” said Rainear.
He also cited the unfairness of asking a township like Downe, which already has 70% of its land area permanently preserved by non-profit land preservation agencies and the State of New Jersey itself. “To limit their revenue raising resources so severely and then to send them a bill for State Police services for an area that is owned in large part by the State, is totally wrong.”
Rainear added that the Cumberland County Board of Freeholders has adopted a resolution opposing the fees and supporting a surcharge bill as an alterative to raising taxes.
"It isn't so much about finding the money it's changing the mindset," said state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, of the First Legislative District which includes area from Vineland to Cape May. He and others, including Assemblymen Nelson Albano of District 1, Assemblyman Douglas Fisher of District 3, which includes areas from Bridgeton to Salem and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow of the Warren / Hunterdon area, stressed that the towns must make the point to the rest of the state that they do contribute millions of dollars in fine money collected through their courts to the State.
Municipal officials continue to stress that the state police was created specifically to patrol rural areas, and that patrols are one of the few services their towns get from the income tax dollars they send to Trenton. They add that the service is not the same as what towns that have their own police forces get. It is minimum, reactive service because that is all that is generally needed in the towns.
The towns will also step up efforts to get their residents involved in calling and writing to the Governor and others to express opposition to the fees. According to Tony Stanzione, sample letters are being developed and will be provided to all municipal buildings in the eleven rural towns in the County and they will be available soon online at the CDC website, www.cdcnj.com and other municipal websites.
The officials received an briefing on the challenge to the fees going on before the State Council on Local Mandates. Mayor Howard Scull of Shiloh was the first Mayor in the State, at the suggestion of the League of Municipalities and with assistance from Cumberland Development Corporation, to file an official complaint with the State Council asking the council to overturn the state police fees as an unconstitutional unfunded local mandate. Shiloh, Deerfield and Upper Deerfield are among the seven towns in the state who are official complainants in this matter. The others are Shamong, Rocky Hill, Buena Vista and South Hampton.
Attorney Theodore Baker of Bridgeton is representing the three Cumberland County towns and is co-counsel coordinating the case on behalf of the seven towns. The Council should hear the case in October and make a decision shortly thereafter. All towns will benefit from this effort if the council acts in favor of these seven.
AREA MAYORS USE CDC TO
COORDINATE LOCAL MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT EFFORTS IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY TO
FIGHT STATE POLICE SERVICE FEES BEING IMPOSED BY THE STATE
CDC representatives participated in a news conference on August 6 hosted by Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township and led by State Senator Jeff Van Drew and attended by several State Legislators, Mayors, Township Committee and Town Council members, County officials and others from rural communities from throughout the State.
Pictured above left, Upper Deerfield Deputy Mayor Douglas Rainear voices his township's opposition to the fees billed by the State Treasurer for State Police services in the towns in the state who depend of State Police for full or part-time coverage. He said the Freeholder Board is also opposed. Also pictured are Senators Van Drew, left and Senator Whelan of Atlantic County.
Above right, Cumberland County mayors who attended the conference to express strong opposition to the fees and in support of the ticket surcharge proposal being offered by Van Drew in the Senate and Assemblymen Matt Milam and Nelson Albano in the Assembly included, left - right, Committeeman Skip Bowman of Lawrence Township who is chairman of CDC, Deputy Mayor Patrick Conahey of Fairfield Township, Senator Jeff Van Drew and Mayor George Garrison of Commercial Township. Tony Stanzione, executive director of CDC attended and distributed copies of the CDC Board's Resolution opposing the fees and supporting Van Drew's, Milam's and Albano's efforts to legislate an alternative to the fees..
Above left, Mayor Chiarello from Buena Vista welcomes the bi-partisan group, including dozens of towns from Hunterton County to Cape May County, who represented their towns at the news conference to join in the opposition to the fees and to support the alternative being proposed by Senator Jeff Van Drew. Middle left, Senator Van Drew addresses the media and the municipal, county and state officials who filled the front area of Buena Vista's hall. Also pictured are Senator Whelan and Senator Sweeney.
Bottom left, Senator Steve Sweeney expresses his concerns about these State Police fees and supports the bill proposed by Sen. Van Drew.