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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.

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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