Thursday, March 14, 2013
Officials say the savings in gas alone will pay for the lease.
The Township Council this week approved a plan to lease four, electric-powered cars. The lease price is about $112 per month for a two-year lease, township Administrator Tom Cardis said. Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV model is a fully electric car with no emissions and is soundless, the company says, and has an equivalent of 112 miles per gallon. Cardis said the savings on gas, alone, will more than pay for the lease. There wouldn't seem to be much to argue about in this deal, but a Patch story last week tallied 161 comments about the purchase, and other township politics. The intention is to use the cars for construction and code enforcement, as those employees regularly drive around the township. Each car can hold a charge long enough for 80 miles …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Gloucester Township Council will hold its reorganization meeting on Jan. 2.
Gloucester Township Council has selected a date for its 2013 reorganization meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2, according to Township Clerk Rosemary DiJosie. It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Council will likely adopt its 2013 meeting schedule during the reorganization meeting, which will be held at Gloucester Township Municipal Building. The governing body will also use the meeting to appoint various professionals and vote on Mayor David Mayer's appointments. The Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold its reorganization meeting at Camden City Hall on Friday, Jan. 4. The meeting, during which current Gloucester Township Councilwoman Michelle Gentek will be sworn in as freeholder, is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
An auction-style sale is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10.
Gloucester Township Council on Monday unanimously approved the sale of surplus township vehicles and equipment, as well as three confiscated vehicles. The auction-style sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Department of Public Works compound on Erial Road. Available to the highest bidders will be Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles, pickup trucks, weed whackers, lawn mowers, desks, computers, printers, more than 100 bicycles, and much more. You can even bid on a street sweeper! (For a more complete list, click on the PDF to the right.) Minimum bids on vehicles range from $500 to $2,000. The auction is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Gloucester Township Council declines to take action on a pay-to-play measure targeting Super PACs Monday night.
A pay-to-play ordinance targeting so-called Super PACs appears headed to the ballot in Gloucester Township this November after the Township Council on Monday declined to take action on the measure. The ordinance, which was forwarded to Council following a petition drive by a five-member committee of active local Democratic Party supporters, is identical to one Councilman Dan Hutchison crafted and presented to Council earlier this summer. On Monday, Hutchison appealed to his Council colleagues to allow township voters to decide on the proposed measure (see PDF to right). "I believe the disclosure ordinance should be decided by the people of this town. If they don't support it, then they'll vote it down. If they do support it, then they'll …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Councilman Dan Hutchison asked his colleagues to consider a measure to strengthen the township's controls on so-called pay-to-play activities.
In a surprising move by Gloucester Township Council, the governing body introduced and unanimously approved a measure Monday night that, if approved, would strengthen the town's controls on so-called pay-to-play activities. The ordinance likely will be considered for final approval at Council's next public-action meeting, which is scheduled for July 23, at which time a public hearing will be conducted. Councilman Dan Hutchison reportedly asked his colleagues to consider the measure last week during a workshop meeting. "This ordinance should be acted upon," he said Monday night. "Something should be done (about pay to play)." The ordinance differs from one proposed by conservative watchdog group South Jersey Citizens in that it would …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Topping the list is the fact that no one stepped up to address Council during the public comment period.
1. No one addressed the Township Council during the open public-comment period of Monday night's public-action meeting. That hasn't happened since Gloucester Township Patch launched in December 2010. It made for a very quick meeting. Council President Glen Bianchini called the session to order at around 7:33 p.m. It was all over by 8:15 p.m. Gloucester City resident John Schmidt did question Council, and solicitor David Carlamere, about a land deal between the township and Gloucester Township Housing Authority. (More on that below.) But that came during the public-comment period for questions relating to only items on the meeting agenda. 2. As part of its consent agenda, which was unanimously approved, Council gave the green light for …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The $920,000 bond ordinance would result in improvements to a Little League complex and the township Recreation Center.
The Township Council on Monday unanimously approved a bond ordinance on first reading that, if approved later this month, would result in improvements to the Blackwood Kiwanis Little League complex and the Broadacres Drive Recreation Center. The $920,000 bond ordinance would result in $687,900 in improvements to the township-owned Little League clubhouse and complex and $287,100 in improvements to the Recreation Center. The bulk of the improvements to the Blackwood Kiwanis Little League clubhouse would be to the building's foundation, septic system and roof, according to the ordinance. There also would be work done on the complex's drainage system. Council Vice President Orlando Mercado, who along with Councilman Frank Schmidt abstained …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The mayor called the bond rating bump a "historic event" for the township.
Standard & Poor's increased the township's long-term bond rating status from "A" to "A+" on Monday, Mayor David Mayer announced during the Township Council's meeting Monday night. "That is extremely, extremely significant—increasing, really, our credit rating, which you don't see very often" Mayer said. An "A" rating by Standard & Poor's (S&P) means an entity has "strong capacity to meet financial commitments, but (is) somewhat susceptible to adverse economic conditions and changes in circumstances," according to the credit-rating agency's website. A "+" or a "-" can be added to a rating to show "relative standing" within the rating categories. "AAA" and "AA" are the highest S&P ratings. "Not only have we over the last two-and-a-half years…
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Gloucester Township Council will hold a public-action meeting Monday night—its first such meeting in three weeks.
Clarification: Council did not have to vote to approve the work to be performed by T&M Associates and Remington & Vernick, as noted in points No. 1 and 2 below, at a public-action meeting. As appointed engineers for the township, the work only needed approval by straw poll at Council's May 7 work session. 1. Council is expected to vote Monday night on a resolution that would authorize Moorestown-based planning and engineering firm T&M Associates to begin coming up with a redevelopment plan for the Blackwood Clementon Road corridor. "We want a plan that we can implement, using some of the information that we gathered from the grayfields study and some of the other information we have now," Ken Lechner, township director of community …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Len Moffa will be suspended two days without pay, Mayor David Mayer told Fox 29 News on Monday.
The director of the township's Public Works Department will be suspended two days without pay for coming face to face with and engaging a resident in a heated argument during last Monday's Council meeting, according to a report. Mayor David Mayer announced the two-day suspension to Fox 29 News on Monday. "As a result of the verbal debate that occurred at a recent Council meeting, and after a comprehensive review of both video and audio transcripts, I have determined that Director Moffa will be suspended for two days without pay," Mayer said in a statement he issued to Fox 29 News. The Philadelphia news program was following up on prior reports by Gloucester Township Patch on the incident involving Moffa and Darren Gladden, a Valleybrook …