Springfield Week in Review
A look back at the notable goings on in the township in recent days.
The most recent Springfield Township Committee meeting coincided with the eleventh anniversary of September 11. Springfield officials marked the anniversary by starting the Committee meeting with a prayer and a remembrance. First Presbyterian Church Minister Victoria Ney read a non denominational prayer asking God for healing and peace, saying "Give us peace, your Shalom." Following the prayer, officials spoke on the significance of the day. Committee member Rich Huber, who spoke first, recounted his personal experience of escaping from inside the World Trade Center during the attacks with his normally sonorous voice became shaky as he spoke.
At the Sept. 11 Springfield Township Committee meeting, Marc Corea became the newest member of the Fire Department's command staff. Corea, a longtime member of the department who has taken an active role in community engagement, was promoted to Captain. In addition to his experiences ensuring public safety as a firefighter, Corea has been active with past Toys for Tots drives with the department.
Springfield no longer has a director of Public Safety. Richard Rosell, who has for the last two years overseen Springfield’s fire and police departments and the office of emergency management, is leaving the job. Rosell was the only one to hold the job and will not be replaced. Rosell told Patch that the end of his employment with Springfield was a expected, and that it was an inherent part of his agreement when he took the job.
In his September message from the Mayor, Springfield Mayor Ziad Shehady broke down property tax bills, saying that despite the township's lean budgeting, property tax bills are increasing because of obligations to the County and state. Also, he said that the largest increase in this year's municipal budget is from pension obligations deferred in 2009 by then-Mayor Bart Fraenkel and former Mayors Hugh Keffer and Ken Faigenbaum. Fraenkel chafed at this characterization of events, saying that Shehady was playing loose with facts in an opinion column.