Hamilton Council Creates New
Subcommittees in Effort to Create New Fire System
In order to ensure Hamilton’s
future fire service system – whatever form the final system takes – is
efficient and keeps residents and firefighters safe, the Hamilton Township Council
has created two new subcommittees and will be seeking independent experts for
This week at a public meeting
on fire district dissolution, the Township Council announced their intention to
create subcommittees on Facilities and Response Times.
Council President Dennis Pone,
named new Councilwoman Dina Thornton and Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer to head
the Facilities Subcommittee, on which Hamilton’s Emergency Management
Coordinator and Director of Public Works, David Carothers will also serve.
Councilmen David Kenny and
Ralph Mastrangelo will head the Response Times Subcommittee.
The Township Council has also
asked Hamilton’s firefighters and commissioners to submit names for
representation on the two subcommittees
Additionally, the Council will
be seeking two, independent experts to serve on each subcommittee to ensure
that Hamilton’s final plan is feasible and can garner the necessary approval of
Long Enough to Get the Job Done Right
Earlier this month at her State
of the Township Address, Mayor Kelly Yaede – who secured a State Study at no
cost to Hamilton taxpayers that likely saved the community upwards $100,000 in
costs – explained that the process to dissolve Hamilton’s existing fire
districts and to create a new system was a “monumental task” and, despite the
misconception, cannot be done as quickly as someone can ‘snap their fingers’ if
desired to be done responsibly. That is
because several decisions surrounding personnel, equipment and facilities must
be thoroughly vetted for public safety purposes.
“All of us – all stakeholders -
have the same goal: making sure we have thorough and efficient fire system
that’s equally positive for the employees and for the taxpayers of Hamilton
Township,” said Yaede during her State of the Township Address.
Mayor Yaede and the Township
Council want this process to be open, transparent and accessible. That is why Hamilton is using a special
website to provide information that residents can easily access via their
computer or smart phone.
On the website HamiltonNJ.com/Fire Hamiltonians will
not only find information about their current fire district, but can also
access videos of the public meetings on consolidation, as well as read the
State Study and a rebuttal by the Active Fire Chiefs.
“Every hardworking taxpayer,
every courageous firefighter and every, single member of our community holds an
important stake in the decisions that we will make regarding our new fire
system; and I take the responsibility of helping to make this important
decision very seriously,” says Council President Dennis Pone. “We are going to
great lengths to provide a transparent process that will help to keep our
entire community, informed every step of the way.”