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Cinnaminson Wants to Streamline with New Department

A job audit was performed to analyze how the township is run and officials are looking to create a department of community development.

This story was updated at 3 p.m.

Cinnaminson officials are looking to streamline some governmental offices into a department of community development after findings from a recent job audit showed code enforcement was “somewhat fragmented,” according to the official who performed the audit.

The job audit—performed by Arch Liston with New Jersey Municipal Assistance—was performed over the summer and some of his findings were presented at Monday’s committee meeting.

Liston suggested the township unify departments that deal with land use under one control.

“We’re on the ground floor as we begin to develop this concept,” said Frank Locantore, township administrator, of a department of community development.

The department would oversee engineering, code enforcement, planning/zoning, construction and public works.

“We could consolidate them all under one umbrella,” Locantore said.

There is more than one township official who enforces codes—the part-time code enforcement officer, the zoning officer and the police department. A director of a community development office would take the lead in land use matters.

The idea of a job audit has been talked about among township committee members for several years, Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti said.

“We’ve never really gone through with it for budget reasons and there wasn’t a pressing need,” Minniti said. “We’ve gone through a lot of reorganization and we felt that an analyst would look at what we’re doing—and see if we can provide services better and at a cost savings.”

George Haeuber, interim administrator before Locantore was hired full-time, suggested the audit.

“Potentially what a department of community development would do is create a central point of contact,” Minniti said further. “There is no one central point [now].”

If such department is created within the township, there would be no hires or fires; the director of the department would come from within, Minniti said.

The township allocated $5,200 for the audit, Locantore said, and to date, about $4,600 has been spent.

Liston met with employees and department heads for feedback in other areas too. Other findings include the changing of job titles to better fit positions.

One finding of the audit that Cinnaminson already excels in, Locantore said, is shared services.

“We have a number of shared service agreements and [it was recommended] to continue to explore and expand where possible,” Locantore said.

The township and school board share IT services, the township and Moorestown share a tax assessor and the township has a shared services agreement with Riverton for its leaf-pickup.

Another recommendation Liston found was the township having a qualified purchasing agent. Locantore is already in the process of adding that qualification to his duties.

Commiteemen Ben Young and John Rooney were two dissenting votes to move forward with the audit findings. 

Young said he thinks the audit went "a little too far." 

"The township is 90 percent developed," he said. "Why do we need to create a whole new department for the last 10 percent?"

Locantore will explore the possibility of a department of community development and present his findings to township committee during a November meeting.

Jason Furrer October 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Does the director of community development get to take a car home?
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I haven't reported any of the specifics because there's really nothing to report yet. The findings of the audit were just presented this week and the administrator will work on specifics and present them in the November meeting.
Mark October 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Bureaucracy at its best!
Seth October 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
You said it Mark! Wow wonder who will be the Director of this new position...seriously don't over think this. I bet he will keep his truck with the expensive light package. Wait there wasn't money allocate to this audit $5,000...but we spent how much on a Sledding Hill? Guaranteed someone has something coming to them...gee I wonder who?
J.T. RUSH October 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
SOUNDS LIKE OBAMA CARE TO ME ! ITS NOT GOING TO COST ANYTHING TO DO THIS..............AND WE WILL HAVE TO PASS IT FIRST SO THAT WE CAN FIND WHATS IN IT.
Ric October 05, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Like all of us, I am for streamline government activities if there is a cost savings. The last thing the taxed to death Cinnaminson property owners need is a super bureaucracy which costs more money. Generally when there is reshuffling of duties all the players demand and get salary increases as well as more assistants to get them to agree to the changes. I say this because recently we were told it only cost $2500 a year to run a car. I am dubious of any findings by Mr. Liston as Galloway Twp. News claims, “ Township Manager Archibald Liston as a defendant. Mr. Liston has been sued in each of the towns he has worked in” - a total of six lawsuits. Obviously anyone can sue anyone so being named does not necessarily mean he did something wrong. It is entirely possible that the suits are on behalf of ex-employees seeking revenge. Let’s just hope Cinnaminson walks carefully on Liston’s suggestions. http://www.gallowaytwpnews.com/2012/07/update-last-of-arch-liston-lawsuits.html
John October 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Oh boy, its the buddy system, another name for taking care of people who want an increase in there pay without working for it....I just love politics, should have made it my lifes work, boy would I be set, several pension plans and no social security thats great, thats all we need now.....
Mark October 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Call it whatever you want. The buddy system, or the good ole' boy network, it makes no difference how you paint this picture. Ultimately there will be more hires and higher salaries Rest assured whoever takes this new job they are talking about creating will know someone tied to the committee somehow. Just look around at who works there now. Maybe Fred Turek needs another title to add to his business card. :-)
Lamb Chop October 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Hey, maybe they'll give the job and the title to Kathy Fitzpatrick's best friend. So what if she knows nothing about the job. She didn't know anything about zoning when they hired her, and now she's full time with benefits. And still knows nothing!
Bill O'Connor October 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
It looks like Ben Young and John Rooney still have their principles and integrity. It is good to see that at least two members of this Committee aren't morally bankrupt.
Ric October 06, 2012 at 02:39 AM
@Mark. I wonder will Cinnaminson be giving Locantore a big raise once he becomes a "qualified purchasing agent". I would hope not since purchasing is one of his job functions and both he and the township should have realized he needed to qualified when he was hired. I do not understand why it took Liston to catch this. We were told that the replacement for Seneski would cost us less. Want to take bets on that not lasting?
Mark October 06, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Well said Bill
Seth October 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Bill are you serious, John Rooney was leading the team for the car give away to the Public Safety Director. As far as Ben Young goes he likes no one except himself. He is absolutely useless as well....just a big bag of hot air. I have no words for the others, I think the post would be deleted. Let's just face reality it is the blind leading the blind.
Benyamin October 14, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Too bad they didn't get an audit done of the Sewer Department

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