Lumberton Township Committee & Schools Partner for “Be A Municipal Official For A Day” Program
April 26, 2018 – Lumberton Township – At the April 24, 2018 Lumberton Township Committee Meeting, students from the Young Republic Club, the student government for the Lumberton Middle School, took the helm of Township Government for the second annual “Be a Municipal Official for a Day.” In 2016, students formed the Young Republic Club as a democratically elected student government, with two parties, the Blue Party and the Gold Party. They have adopted a constitution and Bill of Rights for their fellow students, and represent them before the School District’s Administration and the Board of Education. During Tuesday Night’s Township Meeting each student elected official was paired with one of the Township’s Elected or Appointed Officials, to conduct an actual Township Committee Meeting.
“For the past few years, our Township and School Officials have worked closely with each other through quarterly meetings to ensure our resources are being used to the fullest, due to these meetings we have produced further shared services between our two entities which include providing a School Resource Officer, vehicle maintenance and fueling services, in addition to this second annual event geared toward engaging our local students in the role of the local government in their community,” stated Mayor Mike Mansdoerfer. “Last night we welcomed these students to the Township Municipal Building, took them on a tour of our departments and had them shadow our local officials through our regular township meeting, allowing them to truly take part in conducting the business of Township Government with our Township Committee Members affirming each of their actions,” added Mayor Mansdoerfer.
Prior to the 7:30pm start to the Township Meeting, each student was given the opportunity to sit down with the Elected or Appointed Township Official they would be shadowing, to discuss their role in the meeting and how each would contribute to enacting the items on that evening’s agenda. Actions taken by our Student Leaders included adopting an ordinance restricting parking to residents only near Virtua Hospital, amending fees for the Township’s Construction Department, amending two employment contracts, providing contact representatives for the BURLCO JIF, adding grant funds to the 2018 budget to include resources to pave Allspice and Savory Way, plus the remaining part of Nassau Road, awarded a contract for repairs of a Storm water line behind the Post Office and Buttonwood School and paid the Township’s bills.
“We hope that tonight was a great learning experience for our local students and that most importantly they had fun running their Town’s government for a day,” concluded Mayor Mansdoerfer. The following is a list of the Students’ Names and the Positions they held:
Roles Student Township Official
Mayor Griffin Gaughan Michael Mansdoerfer
Deputy Mayor Stephanie Kraska Kristin Januseski
Committeeman Rohan Patel Sean Earlen
Committeeman Anjali Darji James Dwyer
Committeeman Joelle Darragh James Conway
Twp. Administrator James Humphreys Brandon Umba
Police Chief Scotty Allen Anthony DiLoreto
Twp. Clerk Stephanie Pallante Deb Shaw-Blemings
Twp. Solicitor Ian Phillips George Morris, Esq.
Police Lt./OEM Sean Powell Lt. Ed Begolly
Police Lt./Patrol Jackson Beairsto Lt. Nick Peditto
Chief Finance Officer J T Moses Robin Sarlo