Minniti: 'There Has to be Justification' for Take-Home Cars
The deputy mayor wants committee to look at the policy on a case-by-case basis.
Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti said township committee would approach the take-home car policy as if there was no policy in place at all.
“We’re really going about this in a deliberate fashion,” Minniti said Tuesday. “We’re going through and doing something that should have been done many, many years ago—which is re-establishing the policy.”
The township’s take-home car policy was again discussed at Monday night’s committee meeting but nothing definitive was approved—other than to look at the position, not the person.
“We need to outline those positions,” Minniti said.
Minniti called for a complete prohibition on take-home vehicles; however, the majority of township committee chose to allow it and will just fine-tune the details.
Minniti, who said he’s against take-home cars at all, said he can make a case for the township’s K-9 officer since the dog lives with the officer and has to be transported in emergencies.
The role of the zoning officer isn’t that of a 24/7 responder, so Minniti said he’s not sure a case can be made for that position.
“There has to be a justification,” he said.
A township ordinance calls for no car for any township employee, but personnel policy allows for it. The township revisited the policy last year when a public works employee who was allowed a personal car to take home lived nearly 30 miles away.
The only two stipulations to take home a car in the current policy are the person must be a 24/7 responder and he or she must live within 10 miles of Cinnaminson.
“If the K-9 officer moves outside that 10-mile radius,” Minniti said, “by our policy, he can no longer take the vehicle home. That is where our policy is weak.”
The days of all township employees living local is over, he added.
Cinnaminson Administrator Frank Locantore will meet with department heads in the coming weeks to discuss the topic.
“Then, parameters will be placed,” Minniti said.
Those who have cars and take them home may be subject to a tax retroactive to the start of the current quarter, Minniti said. Law enforcement officials are not included. The only positions affected would be the township’s zoning officer and superintendent of public works.