Cinnaminson’s deputy mayor wants to explore starting a senior citizens’ advisory committee so that constituency—which hasn’t been adequately represented, he said—can voice their opinions to the township.
The issue was discussed at Monday’s township committee meeting although Anthony Minniti, the township’s deputy mayor, was not in attendance.
He said Tuesday the committee would be about “opening the lines of communication.”
Minniti envisions a group of about seven senior citizens who would meet monthly and “comment on issues that are pertinent to our senior residents.”
The group wouldn’t be unlike the parks and recreation committee whose meetings are open to the public to discuss parks and recreation issues.
“Every other group in town has that ability and really, we don’t have anything for our seniors,” Minniti said.
Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick, who serves as the director of health and senior services, said she agrees with Minniti.
“An ad hoc committee to give us some insight as to what would be beneficial to seniors [would be very helpful],” she said.
Minniti said this group would have real appointments, with a chairperson and a meetings schedule. Township committee would decide who the liaison to the group would be and just what kind of committee it would be.
“We want to give them a voice or an avenue for better formal communication,” Minniti said.