Five Things You Need to Know...Township Council
Gloucester Township Council next meets on Monday, Jan. 14.
Gloucester Township Council met on Monday, Jan. 7 for its first work session of 2013. Its next public-action meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 14.
Here are five things to keep an eye on from Council in the coming days and weeks:
1. Council will vote on an ordinance on first reading at its Jan. 14 meeting that would allow the township to increase its 2013 spending budget by 3.5 percent as compared to 2012.
That amounts to an appropriations increase of $1,806,217.20 over the 2012 budget. Any amount from that 3.5 percent increase deemed not necessary for the 2013 spending plan can be carried forward to 2014 or 2015 as an exception to the state's 2 percent year-to-year budget appropriations cap.
2. Council appears poised to purchase an armored rescue vehicle for the Police Department.
The vehicle would help the Police Department's SWAT officers rescue injured officers and civilians in the event of an active mass shooting or other dangerous event.
Gloucester Township would become the first municipality in Camden County to own such a vehicle. Currently, only the county itself owns one.
Look for Council to approve that purchase sometime in February.
3. Council will honor the 2012 New Jersey Little League Section 4 champion Blackwood Kiwanis Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball team at its Jan. 14 meeting.
4. Council discussed a shared-services agreement during its work session Monday that would result in Township Public Works street sweepers and employees going into Stratford two Fridays this spring.
The township would charge Stratford $2,500 per day to run its sweepers on the small borough's streets, if Stratford officials agree to the proposed price, Business Administrator Tom Cardis said.
5. Council is expected to vote at its Jan. 14 meeting on a resolution establishing the holidays for which township buildings will be closed through the next year.
They are: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21; Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18; Memorial Day, Monday, May 27; Independence Day, Thursday, July 4; Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2; Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14; Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28; Christmas, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25; and New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2013.