Township committee Monday night voted to form a senior citizens' advisory committee, a group of seven members who will work with Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick and township committee members on issues.
Advisory committee members—including a chairperson—will be appointed at the township’s reorganization meeting the first week of January 2013.
“This is an advisory committee composed of senior residents over 55 that will meet on a monthly basis in an official capacity where they will be able to discuss issues relevant or of concern to our senior residents,” said Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti, whose idea it was to start the ad hoc committee.
Fitzpatrick will serve as the liaison between the senior citizens’ group and township committee as she is the director of health and senior services.
Minniti said the committee would operate much like the other ad hoc committees in the township, such as the parks and recreation department. Parks and recreation meetings are held monthly with the committee and Mayor Don Brauckmann, who also serves as the director of parks and rec.
There, recommendations are made and Brauckmann brings those recommendations back to the township committee. Members of the public are invited to attend just as they would with the senior citizens’ advisory committee.
Minniti said several senior citizens have already contacted the township for possible involvement in the group. Any seniors who want more information about the advisory committee can contact township clerk Pam McCartney at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the township building, 856-829-6000.