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Bellmawr Council To Vote Again on Borough Administrator Appt.

(Part 2 of 2)

At its Re-Organization meeting on January 6, Bellmawr Council voted to approve all of the 2017 appointments of Borough employees, Boards, and Commissions, with the exception of the Borough Administrator appointment.

Council was split 3-3 as it relates to this appointment and on roll call, each Councilman voted as follows:

Paul Sandrock – Yes. Abstain from any type of family member appointment.

Jamie Casey – Yes, with the exception of the Business Administrator.

Jim D’Angelo – No.

Steve Sauter – Yes, with exception to family appointments and no to the position of Administrator.

Steve Hagerty – Yes.

Ray Bider – Yes.

Because there wasn’t a majority of votes cast either way – to either approve or not to approve the appointment of Borough Administrator – Council will vote again as it relates to this appointment at its next regular meeting on January 26 under old business, Borough Clerk, Chuck Sauter, confirmed via telephone on January 12.

If that vote still results in a tie, then Mayor Frank Filipek will cast the tie-breaker. As head of the Borough’s municipal government, Mayor Filipek presides over Council and votes only to break ties, according to the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

(Screenshot: New Jersey League of Municipalities)


(Click the image to view all three pages of the list of appointments. In addition to the Borough Employees, this list also contains the names of those who are serving on the Planning and Zoning Boards, along with those appointed to the Board of Health and the Beautification Committee.)

2017 Council Committee Assignments

Council also voted to establish various Committees for 2017 and approved which Councilmen will serve on those Committees. (See below.)

Remaining Agenda Items

The remaining items on the meeting agenda were approved, including the bill list for December, 2016, from which Councilman Sandrock voted yes, exception of payment of insurance.*

January 6, 2017 Re-Organization Agenda & Resolutions

January, 2017 Bill List

Bellmawr Waterfront Development

Three Resolutions were approved on the agenda concerning appointments regarding Bellmawr Waterfront Development:

  • Bellmawr Waterfront Development, LLC, as re-developer for the Borough of Bellmawr.
  • McMahon & Associates for professional traffic consultant services.
  • Attorney Michael McKenna as special counsel for Bellmawr Waterfront Development. Mayor Frank Filipek stated in part: “The lawyer will be paid by the developer, not us.”

(*A follow-up article on the previously ordered traffic study and other information regarding Bellmawr Waterfront Development will be posted shortly.)

Council’s Next Meetings

Council will meet next for its Caucus meeting Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room of  Borough Hall and its regular meeting will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Borough Hall.

(*Article corrected on 1/12/2017 at 11:30 p.m. to correct the wording of Councilman Sandrock’s vote regarding the bill payment list.) 

One reply on “Bellmawr Council To Vote Again on Borough Administrator Appt.”

Wait a second. If the vote was tied and the Mayor is the tie breaker, why the retry later on? Why not right there at the reorg?

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