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Council Members Laud Bipartisan Trash Decision

Following 'many sleepless nights,' Moorestown Township Council OK'd agreements Monday to outsource sanitation and avoid layoffs.

Following 'many sleepless nights,' Moorestown Township Council OK'd agreements Monday to outsource sanitation and avoid layoffs. Credit: Provided
Following 'many sleepless nights,' Moorestown Township Council OK'd agreements Monday to outsource sanitation and avoid layoffs. Credit: Provided

To the editor:

On Monday, Moorestown Township Council Republicans voted unanimously, along with Democratic Councilman Greg Newcomer to privatize sanitation in town, saving taxpayers more than $2.1 million. Council then went one step further and reinvested a portion of the savings back into the municipal workforce to ensure our town's assets are well-maintained moving forward. They accomplished this without laying off a single employee. This reorganization of the Department of Public Works (DPW) should produce a net savings in excess of $1.5 million for our town over the next three years.

“After months of careful deliberation and negotiation, the members of council were able to pass a resolution that not only saved money through privatizing trash collection, but did so without the loss of a single township employee,” Mayor Chris Chiacchio said following the meeting. “I am proud of my fellow council members for putting the taxpayers first in a bipartisan fashion, and look forward to working on other ways we can make the services of our township more cost-efficient without sacrificing the quality of services we enjoy.”

“I commend our township employees, as well as the leadership of the Communication Workers of America Local 1036, for the hard work they put into making tonight’s action a reality,” Deputy Mayor Stacey Jordan added. “After many sleepless nights, I am glad we were all able to come to a final agreement that allows us to keep our hardworking DPW employees serving our community, keeps the service to residents strong, and reduces the overall cost to the taxpayers for trash removal in our township.”

Councilman Phil Garwood echoed his fellow council members: “Making a decision that impacts people’s livelihood is never easy, but we have shown with this decision that it’s possible to move in a direction of greater fiscal responsibility and better services to our residents with no real downside. I am proud we were able to work across party lines to do what is best for the citizens we were elected to represent.”

“Issues that can save our town funds without impacting the jobs of individuals who are a part of our community are not Republican or Democrat issues; they are common sense issues,” Councilwoman Victoria Napolitano said. “This decision proves that when it comes to matters of doing what is best for the people of Moorestown, this council is willing to lead the charge to get the job done.”

Moorestown Council Republicans

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Moorestown Astroturf January 28, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Astroturf time.
Not Ready for Prime Time January 29, 2014 at 05:48 AM
The Mayor does a self congratulatory victory dance in the end zone, but alas, a flag is called: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQc7BxP9z-w
Bella Pelosi January 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Months of careful deliberation Mayor? What public meetings can you point to? We can't even get basic answers.
HouseWine January 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Bella, there you go again. You know for a fact that Chris Chiacchio and Greg Newcomer spent hours in negotiations and discussions with the CWA and with township staff. You also know that the Faulkner Act, which dictates our town's form of government, has a process to items involving personnel. In terms of this somehow blindsiding you, let's recap using the Patch's coverage (since I know you are a follower of what gets posted here). The concept was first brought up in September (see here: http://moorestown.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/moorestown-seeks-significant-savings-through-outsourcing). It then came up again in October (http://moorestown.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/should-moorestown-outsource-its-trash-collection). In case you managed not to hear about it by that point, it came up again around the holidays (http://moorestown.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/moorestown-union-to-discuss-sanitation-decision). And then, of course, was the Council meeting on Monday. It'd say they talked about it and considered it for a considerable amount of time. And the time Chiacchio and Newcomer spent on this in particular is commendable.
Taxpayer101 January 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Pat, with that splendid gift from housewine it should be absolutely no problem for the council members to show us in writing the figures. They must have it in writing after all those months - a as the kids say "no brainer"
John J January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Moorestown Council Sanitation Part 4/4 www.youtube.com
HomeBrew January 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Reports of deep cuts and layoffs at Patch. Not good news. Hoping Rob S. and M'town Patch are spared. http://jimromenesko.com/2014/01/29/hale-global-lays-off-patch-employees/
TrueBlue January 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Is it bipartisan if Greg Newcomer hasn't actually acted like the Democrat he was supposed to be 90% of the time?
Bella Pelosi January 29, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Yes Housewine thank you for the splendid gift. A few meetings now equals months but somehow no one can share the analysis and get the numbers straight. Do you really think mentioning Mr. Newcomer makes it better? There are bad Democrats too. I hope the mayor has good insurance for his broken shoulder. Can't wait to see the debates this fall.
Townie January 29, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Hey HomeBrew (et al)...if you click on the editor links next to their names....the few I tried were still good...Mr. Scott however returned an error message. Patch has been dying since it started...no shock here.
SteveS January 29, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Since Rob is gone, I'm posting this here so people will read it: http://moorestown.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/blood-drive-saturday_d71e7a02 Please donate a pint to others. Also note the drive has moved to STRIVE PT at 700 Marne Hwy in Moorestown
Tom January 29, 2014 at 02:51 PM
I wonder if the council put as much time into providing the details as they did in writing this letter if we would be better off. A good decision should be easily explained. A bad decision is covered up in sound bites.
Autism Mom January 29, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Great job by all!!!! This is a big deal for our town, and so glad nobody is losing their jobs!!!
Cassandra Allen January 29, 2014 at 05:03 PM
this was a tough decision with people's jobs, but in the end it all seems like it worked out with the union agreeing and the town saying people would keep the jobs. very good for what was a not so good situation
Rusty Johnson January 29, 2014 at 05:15 PM
I am thrilled to hear that we are saving money, but even happier to hear we are holding on to our dedicated employees who do a great job of keeping Moorestown running smoothly! Thanks to our elected officials. Nice job! Rusty Johnson.
Dienstag January 29, 2014 at 09:35 PM
hey now, Word on the street is Rob Scott and the Patch are shutting down , what's the story? Hope not, Robs been a fair and good reporter around town, hoping for good news
Dienstag January 29, 2014 at 09:37 PM
And Robs photo click doesn't go anywhere now, & this Anthony Bellanno is posting news stories for now, just hold over for now?
ML January 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM
No, mostly everyone at Patch is gone.
Bella Pelosi January 30, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Steve McKerney, is this your attempt to distract people from Council's deal that cannot be explained? I am sure Ms. White would be more than willing to debate you or Council on the facts and not resort to petty name calling.

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