Chriscoe, Bazzani remain board chair, vice chair

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jan 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Photo: York Magisterial District supervisor Phillip Bazzani, left, was appointed vice chair of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors for 2019. At-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe, right, was appointed board chairman. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

York Magisterial District supervisor Phillip Bazzani, left, was appointed vice chair of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors for 2019. At-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe, right, was appointed board chairman. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Ashley Chriscoe was unanimously reappointed chairman of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors during its organizational meeting last Wednesday. Phillip Bazzani was unanimously reappointed vice chair.

There was also a discussion about whether to continue joint meetings with the school board, following a miscommunication that caused some dissension between the two boards last spring.

Chriscoe, who has an at-large seat on the board, is serving his second term and his second year as chairman. Bazzani, who represents the York district, is also serving his second term on the board and this is his second year as vice chairman.

“I just wanted to thank the citizens and my fellow board members for having the confidence in me to chair the board this year,” Chriscoe said.

Bazzani also thanked the public and board members, adding that he looks forward to working for the common good of the citizens and the county during the upcoming year. 

As part of adopting its rules and procedures for the coming year, the board voted to change its meeting times from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All public hearings will begin at 7.

The board also voted to approve its meeting schedule for the next year, including a Feb. 26 joint retreat with the Gloucester School Board, which ruffled the feathers of some board members. 

“I don’t know how to broach this subject without ticking some people off,” Mike Winebarger said. “But last year, we were blown off by the school board when we had a retreat scheduled with them … I’m not real excited about that.”

Winebarger was referring to the school board’s decision to discontinue monthly dialogue it had with the board of supervisors following a disagreement during budget deliberations last April.

“I do believe there was an issue that led them to cancel our retreat,” Chriscoe said, “which, I think, in having our retreat this year, we can discuss what led to their cancellation last year, which is going to be a big ticket item so we better make sure we have that.”

Another big ticket item is the school system’s request of up to $110 million in capital funding for a new or renovated high school. That issue will be discussed more in depth next month as both the school board and board of supervisors will hear from their financial advisors, Davenport and Company, about the county’s debt capacity.

“I just had to voice my opinion,” Winebarger said.

Ware district supervisor Andy James said he had to agree with Winebarger. “This is not totally settled with me, I can tell you,” he said. “We got the short end of the stick last year and it seems to me like they owe us an apology before we go forward with this. But I’m sure that’s not going to happen so I guess we go along with this and hope for the best.”