Lou was absent from his duties, yet again, as Freeholder Director. He seems to be neglecting Cumberland County altogether, which is actually a good thing – we might see some honest government come out of his absence.
Tom Sheppard and Bill Whelan, who appear to be the voices of fiscal reason, voted against appropriating money for the Veterans Chapel. They voiced the same reservations others have – the county just does not have the money to spend on feel-good projects.
The Cumberland County Freeholder Board on Thursday tabled a pair of ordinances that would appropriate $800,000 from the county capital improvement fund toward, among other things, the construction of the proposed veterans chapel because not all members of the board were in attendance.
Whelan was looking at next year, saying the budget process would be just as arduous as it was this year. Both he and Sheppard feel that the money, if available, should be used for road repairs and building maintenance. Jannerone and Pepitone voted for the allocation, with Pepitone claiming it would create jobs. I have to take issue with that statement, as Nelson Thompson has agreed publicly that these sorts of union jobs would likely go to Camden County people, and that there is no way to guarantee that Cumblerland County jobless would get dibs.
This project is simply a way for Lou and Nelson to reward the Camden County unions for their magnanimous generosity in financing the party campaigns. There doesn’t appear to be anybody ultimately involved in the project, developers or architects, that haven’t been steady supporters of Lou’s machine.