Springfield Township Committee Meeting: Ordinance to Ban Dogs Overturned

Meeting begins with two Township Committee Members Credits: Ellen Dickson
We have a quorum Credits: Ellen Dickson
Gail Donner addresses the Township Committee Credits: Ellen Dickson
Former Township Committeewoman Geri Ann Bujnowski speaks during public comments Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The meeting began with two Township Committee members in attendance.  They were Mayor Rich Huber and Maria Vassallo. Diane Stampoulos and Erica DuBois were sick and Chris Capodice had a teacher’s conference. Announcements were made including the notification that the free rabies clinic would occur on Saturday February 24 from 10 a.m. - noon at Chisholm Recreation Center. The Canon Ball House will be open February 18 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and on Thursday February 22 at 7 p.m. a presentation on the "Rich Black History" of Springfield will take place in celebration of Black History Month.

With the arrival of Chris Capodice new business was conducted. A second reading of the “No Dogs Allowed in Public Buildings” was read and voted on. Mayor Huber and Township Committeeman Chris Capodice voted to rescind, Maria Vassallo voted No “on principle”. Under public comments Gail Donner stated, “You, (elected officials) hold the keys to the City, you are judge, jury and executioner. I was ashamed by the way this dog ordinance was put forward. Do not act in such an irrational manner without checks and balances.”

Two other ordinances were up for first reading. Ordinance number 2 makes changes to some of the fees for the Springfield Recreation Department, Community Pool, Pool Camp and Chisholm Playground Camp. Ordinance number 3 accepts the dedication of Madden Court as part of the municipal road system.

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All resolutions were passed. Under open comments a number of residents approached the podium on different topics. Geri Ann Bujnowski questioned the new policy of having a workshop meeting the night before the second Tuesday of the month Committee meeting. She was concerned that residents would have to go out two nights in a row to be informed. She said, "The discussion was really at the workshop meeting.  So, how do we know what happened if we do not attend both meetings?" is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

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