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8/28/2013 - Freeholder Agreement on Social Services

Freeholder Agreement Will Keep Social Services in Vineland

Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella announced a tentative agreement Tuesday night that will maintain the Board of Social Services in its current Vineland location. Specific details will be made available at a press conference being arranged for next week when a more formal agreement is complete.

“We are thrilled to announce an agreement that will result in the acquisition of the Board of Social Services building and allow that vital service to remain in Vineland,” Derella said at the start of Tuesday night’s Freeholder meeting.

“Our goal from the beginning of this process was to get the best results for the people of Cumberland County.  Working closely with Freeholder Carlos Mercado in collaboration with the rest of the Freeholder Board, we were able to stay focused in the midst of distractions from elected officials and petition drives, and we reached an amicable agreement between all parties” 

Derella said plans for construction of a county facility in downtown Bridgeton are still “very much alive”.   Those details will also be elaborated on at next week’s press conference, as will more information on construction of the new Workforce Investment Board building on the Cumberland County College Campus.

“We wrestled with a lot of issues, and in the end, I really believe Cumberland County residents will be pleased with what we’ve come up with,” said Derella.  “I hope everyone can be patient for a week when we can discuss all of the details.”