Annual changing of the guard brings no change

 

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun Mayor Dave Fried (center) administers the oath of office to Council President Ron Witt whose colleagues on the council unanimously voted July 2 to have him serve an additional six-month term as council president. At right holding the Bible is Robbinsville Recreation Director Joe Barker.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun
Mayor Dave Fried (center) administers the oath of office to Council President Ron Witt whose colleagues on the council unanimously voted July 2 to have him serve an additional six-month term as council president. At right holding the Bible is Recreation Director Joe Barker.

The Township Council voted to retain Ron Witt as president and Vince Calcagno as vice president during the annual reorganization meeting July 2, but their terms are for only six months to reflect the changed date of Robbinsville municipal elections.

Traditionally, Robbinsville municipal elections have been held every two years in May with the annual reorganization meeting to choose council leaders occurring the first week in July.  However, a new ordinance designed to increase voter turnout and reduce election costs moved the May 2013 election to Nov. 5, 2013 to coincide with the balloting that day for other federal, state and county offices.

The ordinance that changed the election date also added six months to the terms of the mayor and two council members whose seats would have otherwise expired on June 30, 2013 under the old election schedule. Beginning in 2014, Robbinsville will hold its annual reorganizations in January to reflect the new election cycle and swear-in the winners of the November election.

Councilman David Boyne, who lost his seat in May 2011 to Witt (but rejoined the council six months later after winning a special election), nominated Witt to serve another term as council president. The motion passed unanimously.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun Councilman Vince Calcagno was voted in as council vice president at the Township Council's reorganization meeting on July 2. Councilwoman Sheree McGowan (center) held the Bible and Municipal Clerk Michele Siegfried administered the oath of office.

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Councilman Vince Calcagno was voted in as council vice president at the Township Council’s reorganization meeting on July 2. Councilwoman Sheree McGowan (center) held the Bible and Municipal Clerk Michele Siegfried administered the oath of office.

“I appreciate the vote of confidence from council members,” Witt said in his brief remarks after being sworn-in.

Councilwoman Christine Ciaccio nominated Calcagno to continue serving as vice president. The vote was 3-1, with Boyne casting the lone dissenting vote.

The council also approved several appointments and professional service contracts at the reorganization meeting. All contracts are for six months because the governing body will be reorganizing again in January.

Township Attorney Mark Roselli, of Roselli Griegel Lozier & Lazzaro, will continue to provide the township with legal services at a rate of $13,750 a month, or $82,500 for the six-month period ending Dec. 31.

Municipal Prosecutor Christopher Koutsouris, an attorney with Dasti Murphy McGuckin Ulaky Cherkos & Connors, was awarded a six-month contract through Dec. 31 with a not-to-exceed amount set at $20,575.

O’Brien Consulting Services, of Langhorne, Pa., will continue to provide information technology services through Dec. 31 at a rate of $1,750 per month plus $80 per hour for “remaining work and other miscellaneous fees” with the maximum not-to-exceed amount set at $25,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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