Bazzani, Smith to lead Gloucester board in 2020

by Tyler Bass - Posted on Jan 08, 2020 - 07:28 PM

Photo: Phillip Bazzani, at right, was unanimously elected chairman, while Kevin Smith, left, was elected vice chair for 2020 during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Tyler Bass

Phillip Bazzani, at right, was unanimously elected chairman, while Kevin Smith, left, was elected vice chair for 2020 during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Tyler Bass

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors held its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse. The agenda for the meeting included electing the chair and vice chair for the year. Members also discussed and approved the Rules of Procedure, Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.

 At the meeting, Phillip Bazzani was unanimously voted as chair for 2020. Vice chair was chosen between Michael Winebarger and Kevin Smith. Winebarger received three votes to Smith’s four, resulting in Kevin Smith being elected vice chair.

The only changes made to the existing Rules of Procedures was a change of the meeting time. It was agreed that meetings and public hearings would now both start at 7 p.m., as opposed to the previous 6:30 start time. 

In other action, the board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to support legislation allowing Gloucester County to institute a local option sales and use tax of up to an additional 1 percent, with that money going toward the school division’s capital improvement needs.

The General Assembly must enact such legislation before the county can consider the additional tax, board members were told.

 “This is just us trying to get another tool in our toolbox to try to help with the financing portion of what we need to do,” board member Ashley Chriscoe said.

One of the more touching topics of the night was the Proclamation of Appreciation to C.W. Miller. Miller has served Gloucester County since 1964, and as Assistant Chief of Station Four, also known as the Harcum Station, since 1978. His dedication for the last 55 years has been well known throughout the county. Chriscoe presented the Proclamation of Appreciation to Miller. J.D. Clements, chief of Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, then said a few kind words about Miller.

Clements gave a conservative estimate of 10,000 hours worked by Miller at Station Four. He also pointed out that, “all these years, when he (Miller) has been at home, he has been on call.”

The agenda also had the board members appointed to different committees.