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Council OKs Bonds for Police Vehicles ... Again

Council also approved a resolution to advertise for professional and banking services solely on the official township website.

For the second time in about a month, the Township Council on Monday approved a $545,500 bond ordinance on first reading that would allow the township to purchase 12 new police vehicles.

The measure was approved by a 6-0 vote (Councilwoman Crystal Evans did not attend Monday's meeting).

It is expected a public hearing on the bond ordinance will be held at Council's Nov. 28 meeting.

The 12 vehicles being sought by the township for use by the police department are 10 "pursuit-rated," four-wheel-drive Ford sedans and two sport-utility vehicles, according to Business Administrator Tom Cardis.

Council initially approved the police vehicle bond measure on first reading during its Oct. 12 meeting, setting the governing body up for a public hearing on the matter during its Oct. 24 meeting.

The measure was tabled by Council President Glen Bianchini on Oct. 24, however, after Cardis requested more time to review analysis on bonding and leasing options. Several residents, including former Councilwoman Maureen McLaughlin, questioned the prudence of bonding for the cars during the Oct. 12 meeting, prompting Cardis to promise a review of the purchase options.

Cardis explained Monday night that car leases for government entities are not the same as they are for individuals—governments keep the cars at the end of the lease period, while individuals return them at the end of the term.

The township would effectively be paying Ford Motor Credit Co. for the 12 vehicles over a four-year period at a 5.375 percent interest rate had officials opted for the lease route, he said.

Bonds are running at about 2.75 percent at this time, according to Cardis.

Cardis also noted that any money spent on a vehicle lease would count within the 2 percent budget-increase cap imposed by Gov. Chris Christie's administration, but bonding does not.

The township will aim to pay off the bond debt for the 12 vehicles in 10 years. If it takes 15 years for the township to pay off the bond debt, it would make the bonding option more of a "break even" situation when compared to the leasing option, Cardis said.

The township currently holds about $50 million in outstanding bond debt, according to Cardis.

In other news

Two weeks to the day before a new single-stream recycling operation is to begin here, the Township Council approved a resolution allowing the township to re-enter an agreement with Camden County that promises to save the township money on waste disposal.

The agreement applies only to recyclables collected from township homes.

The county's agreement with ReCommunity Recycling, a Charlotte, NC-based company that operates a facility on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden, will result in the township receiving 55 percent of the balance in months where the average commodity revenue for township-delivered recyclables is in excess of $75 per ton.

ReCommunity processes recyclables after they are delivered to its Camden facility, then markets those materials—newspapers, glass bottles, corrugated cardboard, plastic containers, and more—to commodity vendors.

Based on its agreement with ReCommunity, Camden County shares the remaining 45 percent of the balance in months in which the average commodity revenue exceeds $75 with the North Carolina-based operator.

In months where the township's average commodity revenue falls below $75, the county assumes responsibility for any costs or fees associated with the township's use of the Camden facility, according to the shared-services deal between Gloucester Township and Camden County.

The agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2016.

Council also approved two resolutions as part of its consent agenda for Monday's meeting that will allow the township to advertise for professional and banking services solely on the official township website.

The following professional services are being sought: energy consultant, Zoning Board solicitor, Zoning Board engineer, general engineer, streets engineer, sidewalks engineer, recreation engineer, redevelopment engineer, storm drainage engineer, redevelopment planner and engineer, bond counsel, labor counsel, workmen's compensation insurance counsel, auditor, public defender, municipal court prosecutor, economic development consultant, computer and computer network consultant, media consultant, and finance consultant.

Pete Heinbaugh November 16, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Once again, thank you Big Daddy for your response. With her recent lack meeting attendance and voting, has the Councilwomen given up the fight? Her frustration notwithstanding, she was elected to do a job. From my outsider's perspective, she is shirking her duty by not showing up, by not expressing her side of the issue, by not voting.
ymbdfa November 16, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Isn't it great Pete, bigdaddy1 seems to continue to argue Ms Evans sticks up for the residents in GT. I can't remember the last time she attended a council meeting that she didn't act like a promotional advertisement for Gov Christie, while just like the Governor she refused to address our school budget and even try to help reduce it. In fact I remember clearly her saying she would not be on any subcommittee that would cut the school budgets in order to save the tax payers some money. To me that action is one of the very reasons the other 80,000 residents of GT voted her out of office last week. Thank heavens the people of GT know what BS is and voted the governors propaganda machine out on her butt Now the Feds can finish what the people started and put her away for stealing paychecks from GT Taxpayers and refusing to do the job she took pay for.
Repudiator November 16, 2011 at 01:13 PM
While not a fan of councilwoman Evans let's set the record straight on something, she was not on the ballot and therefore not voted out of anything. That said you have a lot of nerve complaining about people stealing from the residents in this town, how many local democrtats have municipal and state jobs while they serve on boards and are not only active members of the democrat machine but ELECTED TO THE COUNTY COMMITTEE? And as to your bringing up the "feds", solicitor Carlamere admited at a recent council meeting when questioned by the public that the FBI did in fact enter the municipal building with a warrent and remove files related to an ongoing investigation concerning land deals in GT. isn't the democrat boss Kevin Piccolo also being investigated and oh yeah, he is a real estate agent. Seems like you guys at Valleybrook are on the feds hit list. Your own solicitor admited to that.
Big Daddy 1 November 16, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Councilwoman Evan's objection was to being put on that committee without her knowledge. It was clear there was some political in-fighting involved by the other councilpersons. Perhaps she could have handled it differently, but I suspect council had a hidden agenda.
N/A November 17, 2011 at 02:35 AM
What kind of hidden agenda could they possibly have had? Do you think they secretly new Ms Evans would fail at any attempts to cut the budget? Bottom line Ms Evans FAILED the TAXPAYERS by REFUSING yes REFUSING to be part of any subcommittee designed to cut the school budget, a job the tax payers elected her to do.
ymbdfa November 17, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Which one of the Norcross bullies jumped in Crystal Evans's body and started to scream the obscenities out of her mouth at the council president for giving her the opportunity to help cut the school budget and actually get credit for doing something other than stealing paychecks from council and the taxpayers of GT? I’m just curious, which bully made her curse out a councilman on the public record? Which bully forced her to vote for two consecutive budgets that increased taxes a total of 40% on the already overtaxed homeowners of GT? I’m also curious which Bully made Councilwoman Evans help Chris Christie close down tent city in Camden and leave all those people without a place to live or any money? I would bet you won’t name one person who forced her to do those things to New Jersey residents. That said I will name the one Bully who gave her an $85,000 a year low show public appointment as a DMV manager with no experience in Motor vehicles but plenty of experience screwing tax payers to push the Republican supremacy policies of Governor Chris Christie.
ymbdfa November 17, 2011 at 04:33 AM
Oh Crystal Crystal you are so far off base but your still very funny. Yep Crystal you got me now....lol. I admidt it FEDS take me away.
Justin November 17, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Your part of the corruption in this township N/A aka Frank Mellace. Your office was raided by the FEDS. Tax Clerk + Zoning Board + Bankruptcy Attorney Buddy + Realtor = http://articles.philly.com/2011-02-17/news/28549868_1_search-warrant-corruption-investigation-public-officials
ymbdfa November 17, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Crystal you know the best part about this is one would have thought you learned your lesson having to give up your last frivolous lawsuit when you were ordered by the judge to disclose your own IP address and allow your internet provider to disclose all your fake screen names on all the various sites you post on. Some things never change do they? I hope your right because slanderous statements like that can get this trash rag sued. Let’s face it the Huffington Post and AOL have very deep pockets even though this editor may not. No worries I will make sure Mellace gets a copy of your posting, this should be real fun.
Justin November 17, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Now we know that YMBDFA is Francis Mellace. This is a good start.
ymbdfa November 17, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Oh DMV manager , I mean Justin, I mean repudiator I mean Jordan, I mean ydbmfa, I mean big daddy1, I mean I can go on for days with all the fake names you post under but then again aren’t you the one who already has charges against her? Let’s see who winds up in cuffs first you or him. This should be a contest someone contact Las Vegas and place odds. Hey did you get your name plate back from the council room yet now that the voters kicked you to the curb?
ymbdfa November 17, 2011 at 05:08 AM
Justin you’re the super sleuth you got the "TATER." if I were you I would post it in the stars this is going to be big. You need to cross post this in like every article on here. Teach him a lesson. Put it on Penn Jersey and NJ.com too. Maybe you can even show up for a council meeting and say it on the microphone right after your Chris Christie Advertisements are completed. The things you are doing right now just prove you’re nothing short of a jealous unemployed sellout. How did your candidates do in the elections? Ever think it was these types of accusations the voters kicked you to the curb over?
Justin November 17, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Frank Mellace aka ymbdfa - you need to see your fate in this movie. Show Kevin Piccolo, Daniel Hutchison and a few of your other corrupt friends. This movie is all about how municipalities run corruption and Gloucester Township is in it. It starts in the tax office and then leads to Zoning Boards and corrupt attornies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6ZP0DM1po
N/A November 17, 2011 at 05:43 AM
"ymbdfa 12:08am on Thursday, November 17, 2011 Justin you’re the super sleuth you got the "TATER." " Thats some funny stuff. OMG I'm going to pee myself.
Justin November 17, 2011 at 05:53 AM
Moving on to information concerning bonds vs a corrupt tax clerk whose under federal investigation for embezzlement. The Risk Is Becoming Reality - Credit Downgrades Already Affecting Some Muni Bonds http://www.ricedelman.com/cs/education/article?articleId=1128&titleParam=The%20Risk%20Is%20Becoming%20Reality%20-%20Credit%20Downgrades%20Already%20Affecting%20Some%20Muni%20Bonds
Charles November 17, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Maybe the bickering children could go home and leave this post for the adults who might want to discuss the TOPIC!
Justin November 18, 2011 at 02:42 AM
She bought the FBI in the township to investigate the years of corrupted officials including Frank Mellace from the Tax office and the MUA and their buddy Judy Calabrese.
Joshua Berry November 18, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Justin: Kids and family are off limits! Whether Frank still posts online using these accounts or not, shots involving family are off-limits and not cool. As one of the "opposition", I expect the trolls to take their shots at me and I'll take my shots back. In warfare there are certain rules you do not break. Family like and children are the highest on the list. It does not matter whether we are on the same side or not. Stop these attacks now!
Silence Dogood November 18, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Wow, stuff like this is way out of line and uncalled for. This Mellace fellow's daughter has nothing to do with any of this. Be ashamed, be very ashamed Justin.
Silence Dogood November 18, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Agreed Charles.
Lauren Burgoon November 18, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Joshua, I deleted that post as a violation of Patch's Terms of Service and I deleted yours in response because it quoted it. Everyone, keep the comments on topic and quit the personal attacks.
Joshua Berry November 18, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Thank you for cleaning up the personal attacks and inappropriate comments. They have no place among adults.
N/A November 18, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Joshua I just got a phone call and let me explain something to you and your crew, Your group is about as low is dispicable as it gets. Keep it up. I'm not going to stoop to your level say what you want. If you think for a second anything you and your group says effects me and what I do; LOOK AT THE ELECTION RESULTS!
N/A November 18, 2011 at 03:23 AM
To the Patch I am putting you on legal notice right now: You are legally responsible for anything a poster puts in a blog on your site as you profit from bloggers involvement and actually pay certain bloggers to contribute and create controversy to attain viewers. You’re allowing posts to stay on here knowing full well they are not true for the expectation of others to comment and create artificially higher viewer participation to artificially increase hit counter tallies and drive up advertisement prices. Hence you have a financial steak in the game and openly promote blogging to increase profits. When this happens your misrepresentations artificially heighten advertisement prices therefore you become financially responsible to make sure posts are correct. What have you done to verify any of the posts you allow to stay on here that are only here for the purpose of slandering people? I will give PATCH till morning to verify the posts on here for accuracy or remove them, If they are not removed I will file suit against Huffington Post, AOL, and PATCH for damages created by the posters on your site.
N/A November 18, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Lauren, Posters will not stop the personal attacks as long as PATCH promotes this type of activity for the profits it receives from them. It is quite obvious PATCH does not have a problem leaving personal slanderous and harassing insults to stay as long as they do not remark about a patch contributor. Well I can see this is going to go nowhere, maybe I need to see if your edition of PATCH is in violation of its Franchise Agreement with AOL for promoting and enticing its posters to harass PATCH readers and posters. I will have my attorney contact AOL to discuss this issue. I have copied the comments before you got to remove them. This will not be forgotten or forgiven. As it is obvious from your comments and actions, you have the ability to correct this situation I will insist you do.
Justin November 18, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Right now the state of New Jersey is looking at the voting machines. Mr. Berry, you may want to look into the election machines in New Jersey and see the attached links. Many states have banned the use of these voting Machines. NJ and Louisianna have ignored the lawsuits to have them ban. Makes you wonder why? http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/papers/appel-evt09.pdf See how Gloucester Township wins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ClrHPShljM
Justin November 18, 2011 at 03:59 AM
It appears comments directed by ymbdfa are alright to discredit Councilwoman Evans. You continue leaving them on the computer.
Justin November 18, 2011 at 04:00 AM
N/A YOU don't like when someone says something about you or your buddies. Deal with it. As long as you make comments, so will we. Since Patch chooses who they will favor, we will deal with that too.
Justin November 18, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Why not be fair Lauren or does that only apply to YMBDFA and his better half N/A. Don't let their threats scare you. Who cares what they think, they can dish it out, but they can't take it.
Lauren Burgoon November 18, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Comments on this story have been closed due to posters' inappropriate remarks. If you have any questions, email me, the associate regional editor, at lauren.burgoon@patch.com or the regional editor, Tim Zatzariny at tim.zatz@patch.com.

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