Letter: Capital improvement committee did great job
The March 1 meeting of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors contained a report with a recommendation from the capital improvement committee. Great job. They were given a mountain of potential projects from various county departments and the school board (58, I think) and they managed to reduce it to 12.
The presentation contained all the ingredients one should expect in a professional report, such as what they suggested to address this year and out-years, how much the expected cost would be, and where the money would come from. They had professional help with the financials, giving "what-if" scenarios necessary for good decision making. This is government at its best, citizen involvement.
The only hiccup was when someone prematurely asked for the plan to be approved and added to the budget. It was apparent to me and others, I think, that either the board had not previewed the report or not done their homework, either of which was unfortunate for the speaker.
I have no idea of what was added or removed from the capital improvement plan or even if I agree with it as a whole. I got the feeling that board members (not all) felt that if they approved it they must live with it, and needed time to put their input on it. Here is the take-away—if you are going to ask people to do things like this, you may want to be involved enough to be able to vote on it, or at the very least let them and the board know up front that action will be taken at another meeting. Great job again by the committee.