Township Receives Large Clean Communities Grant

The township received one of the larger Camden County grants.

The state announced this week that Gloucester Township has been awarded $93,452.04 of a total of nearly $16 million distributed statewide through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Clean Communities grant program.

“Cleaning up litter protects our natural resources, improves our quality of life and builds a strong sense of pride in our communities,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “With these grants, our municipalities and counties will be able to carry out important programs that remove litter and graffiti from our neighborhoods and highways, making our communities better places to live and work.”

A total of $781,793.32 was awarded to 35 Camden County municipalities.

The local grant money will be used to pay for Public Works Department employees dedicated to litter patrols, Gloucester Township Business Administrator Tom Cardis said on Tuesday.

DEP awarded a total of $13.86 million to 599 eligible municipalities and an additional $1.73 million to all 21 counties. Seven New Jersey towns are ineligible for the grant because they have fewer than 200 housing units.

The grant program's award amounts are based on the number of housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways within each municipality. Cherry Hill Township, which is Camden County's largest town, received the biggest award ($113,429.77). Camden was second, at $95,319.27, followed by Gloucester Township.

Michael May 02, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Maybe the Township will use the money to address Mr. Gladden's concerns.
Pete Heinbaugh May 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Yes, this is a good thing. Every bit helps. Taxpayer reality check... Fact 1: We, Gloucester Township, are the third largest municipality in Camden County. So it only stands to reason that we receive the county's third largest state grant. Fact 2: This grant is from the state coffers, and we pay state taxes. So, in reality, for Gloucester Township residents, this is simply a break-even transaction.
Michelle Wolfson May 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Every little bit helps. Littering, which is a pet peeve of mine, is really rampant around here. I see people tossing trash out their car windows while driving down Blackwood Clementon Rd. and all I can think about is, "didn't your parents teach you better"? Maybe we can get a grant for that? Even my kids will say how disgusting it is to throw trash on the ground. So, if you're reading this and you're a litterbug- STOP! It's GROSS!
Darren Gladden May 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I glad we got the Grant also love the timeing on it .........Just care PAtch peeps , I do .....Now spend the money in a wise way ............=) Please
Charles May 02, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Will Len Moffa be in charge of the use of these funds? Maybe he could hire some of the juvenile detention people to work at picking up litter.
Darren Gladden May 02, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Well he might have a say about it (Len Moffa) but we the PEOPLE should have a say , Hey Mayor I try to call you "sir" but I think we should bye some No littering SIGNS and some Nice new Trash cans for ALL parks and Fields .........Hey maybe even we can Get the street sweepers running down every STREET . That would be awesome . This town does need a Good cleaning ..........What do you Patch peeps have to say ..... Please speak up the time is your's . Just like this town we all live in ...........................JCID
Schu May 02, 2012 at 09:32 PM
A grant is another name for a taxpayer funded project.
Jeff May 02, 2012 at 10:44 PM
The Clean Communities Act, passed first in 1986 and later in 2002, establishes a funding mechanism for the program by placing a user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors who may produce litter-generating products.
ymbdfa May 02, 2012 at 11:46 PM
we think your comments are idiotic and show you have no clue what your talking about...as the voters told you last November
Paul J. DiBartolo May 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Bingo! People seem to think a grant didn't cost them anything. Oh the games politicians play.
ymbdfa May 02, 2012 at 11:52 PM
So Jeff, are you saying property tax money is not being used for this project. how ironic, someone who actually knows what they are talking about. You sure you want to go on the line saying the truth on here. Seems your putting yourself in a direct line of fire. See the truth has only been seen as a speed bump in the path of gladden's wrath. Now that Gladden knows you are opposing him he will next criticize you for not using your whole name. Not for telling the truth because they never acknowledge your facts they will just bash you for having an opinion that opposes theirs. The truth just happens to be a fact they will decide to ignore.
Paul J. DiBartolo May 03, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Gee, YAMMBY, you're pretty bright. Unfortunately, what you don't get is that any, and all, fees on manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors are a way to hide taxes from the consumers. The politicians who level all these fees know that if they just taxed us outright for all the money they consume there would be an uprising...so, they hide the taxes in fees for anything and everything. You can be sure that all those fees are included in the price of the final product which means the consumer (read, taxpayer in the end) is paying the freight. YAMMBY, in the future, put you brain in gear before engaging your mouth. Jeff, if you can dispute what I've said about fees and taxes I'm willing to debate the subject.
Jeff May 03, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Y- I'm not here to oppose anyone. Just sharing info in what will certainly become another right-wing echo chamber of comments.
Paul J. DiBartolo May 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Fees on manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors are hidden taxes. The consumer pays them so in the end the taxpayers pay the freight. Calling them all taxes would cause an uprising so they are hidden in fees. Anybody that can logically show otherwise, I'm willing to learn.
Michelle Wolfson May 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Anyone know what constitutes a "litter generating product"?
Jeff May 03, 2012 at 02:51 AM
"'Litter-generating' products means the following specific goods which are produced, distributed, or purchased in disposable containers, packages or wrappings; or which are not usually sold in packages, containers, or wrappings but which are commonly discarded in public places; or which are of an unsightly or unsanitary nature, commonly thrown, dropped, discarded, placed, or deposited by a person on public property, or on private property not owned by that person" ... Just share, I do.
Jeff May 03, 2012 at 02:55 AM
(1) Beer and other malt beverages; (2) Cigarettes and tobacco products; (3) Cleaning agents and toiletries; (4) Distilled spirits; (5) Food for human or pet consumption; (6) Glass containers sold as such; (7) Groceries; (8) Metal containers sold as such; (9) Motor vehicle tires; (10) Newsprint and magazine paper stock; (11) Drugstore sundry products, but not including prescription drugs or nonprescription drugs; (12) Paper products and household paper, but not including roll stock produced by paper product manufacturers and wood pulp; (13) Plastic or fiber containers made of synthetic material and sold as such, but not including any container which is routinely reused, has a useful life of more than one year and is ordinarily sold empty at retail; (14) Soft drinks and carbonated waters; and (15) Wine. (Basically, the stuff you see along the roadside, discarded by slobs.)
Darren Gladden May 03, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Ymbdfa get a clue I like Jeff not you ......Thank you for sharing Jeff . Maybe you can sit Ymbdfa down one day and make him or her Smarter .....Just care , Jeff does and I do too ....Ymbdfa is a clown with a frown so gather around and watch "YMBDFA " train wreck posting Show ...............On a real note YMBDFA were you loved as a child .
Paul J. DiBartolo May 03, 2012 at 11:26 AM
So, essentially, the pols are afraid to punish the consumer (aka., taxpayer) directly by imposing a fee (read, tax) at the time of sale or when/if the consumer actually litters. Instead, the pols punish the manufacturer-distributor with a fee otherwise known as a hidden tax. Mighty big of them.
Jeff May 03, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Mr. Gladden, while I admire the fact that you stepped up and ran for office, it's vitriol like this response that often make the comments sections less desirable to read, and also made it less desirable to select your box in the voting booth. One can still "care" without being disrespectful to others.
Darren Gladden May 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Get your point but understand I respect people that show respect . The systems around here is if you show them you are right they beat you down and try and make you into something that you are not or try and buy you out . YMBDA and the Dem thugs in this town try to beat you down once you stand up to them . I might look rude but just look at the attacks they do to me .Should I sit back and take it or stand up for what I believe in . This is the major Problem in this town and County . A buntch of bullies in GOOD BOY suits ....... have a nice day sir .......
Michelle Wolfson May 03, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Thanks for that information, Jeff. That is essentially what I thought.
Tina Bridda May 03, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Perhaps this grant will aide in the cleanup of vacant properties that have become junkyards on Kearsley Road


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