Monday, May 13, 2013
Township Republicans sued in an attempt to nullify the Democrats' choice to fill an unexpired council seat, saying the process took too long.
A judge on Monday shot down the local GOP's attempt to unseat a Democratic councilwoman appointed in February. However, the judge said he was "troubled" by the way township council handled the appointment. Township Republicans filed a lawsuit in March contending the appointment of Democrat Michelle Winters to council was illegal because the governing body waited too long. The GOP asked in its complaint that the appointment be voided, which would have meant the seat would remain vacant until it expired at the end of this year. According to state law, when a member of a municipal governing body leaves, that member's local political party has 15 days to submit to the body the names of three nominees, and the body has 30 days from the time …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The case is scheduled to be heard on Monday in state Superior Court in Camden.
Township Democrats would not seem to be hurt by a challenge for one seat with a 7-0 advantage on the council. But a scrum between the township GOP and Democrats over the February appointment of Michelle Winters to the council has landed in state Superior Court in Camden. The local GOP plan to be in court in Camden on Monday to argue Democrats took too long to fill the seat vacated by Michelle Gentek after she was sworn in as a Camden County freeholder on Jan. 4. From that point, they argue, local Democrats had 30 days to appoint a replacement. They cited state statue 40A:16-11 which states that the local political party of the departing municipal government member has 15 days to present a nominee to council and council has another 15 days …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Republican leader calls for more "compassion" from township during tough economic times.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m. 12/3: The drive-thru tax window at the Gloucester Township Municipal Building will be open each Friday prior to the Dec. 18 accelerated tax sale for payments by those property owners included on the tax sale list. No other tax payments will be accepted on Friday, Dec. 7, or Friday, Dec. 14. The municipal building is usually open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and closed on Friday. ---------- Gloucester Township property owners who have fallen behind on taxes have just 18 days to pay their bills in order to avoid being included in an accelerated tax sale next month. The township's public tax sale is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The 2012 accelerated tax sale list (see PDF to right…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Drop off turkeys, canned goods and non-perishable food items at Sprota's Deli, in Glendora, Saturday morning.
The Gloucester Township Republican Municipal Committee (GTRMC) will hold a food drive in Glendora this Saturday to benefit a local food pantry. The food drive will be held between 8 and 11 a.m. at Sprota's Deli. The event will also serve to rejuvenate GTRMC's coffee talk program, chairman Ray Polidoro said. Food collected during the 6th annual GTRMC food drive will benefit the food pantry at Living Word Bible Fellowship, located on Church Street in Blackwood. Needed are turkeys, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other non-perishable and canned food items. Cash and check donations, gift cards and turkey coupons are also welcomed, as the pantry can buy needed items for local families.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Gloucester Township EMS Alliance chief says the state has cleared all ambulances to return to service.
Gloucester Township Republicans are none too happy with Mayor David Mayer for severing the township's relationship with non-profit Gloucester Township EMS Alliance. GOP leaders are also concerned about what the decision could mean for the future of ambulance service in the township—specifically to taxpayers' purses and wallets. In a scathing statement released by the Gloucester Township Republican Municipal Committee as the dust was still settling following the township's banishment of the EMS Alliance, party chairman Ray Polidoro described the decision as "disturbing and chilling." "This is an outrage, a staggering abuse of power,” Polidoro said in the statement, his sentiments directed at Mayer. "When did the Constitution become obsolete…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The proposed budget, if adopted, would keep the local property tax rate the same as last year.
Residents would receive the same municipal tax bills this year as they did last year under the proposed 2012 township budget. The township's 2012 budget, as introduced during Monday night's Township Council meeting, calls for the same exact tax levy as the 2011 spending plan's. The budget proposal carries "a zero increase for the third straight budget year in a row," Council President Glen Bianchini said. A public hearing on the 2012 budget has been scheduled for Monday, April 23. Councilman Sam Siler was among several elected officials to publicly thank Cardis and his staff, as well as Mayor David Mayer, during Monday's meeting for putting together a budget without a tax hike. "We'll take a look at it and see if any additional cuts can be…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Election results on the local, county and state levels might not be certified until late November as a result.
Camden County election officials have yet to count votes from at least one Gloucester Township district to its unofficial tally due to an issue with a voting machine. District 13 votes have been put on hold at the county level after a machine sent to the Stetser-Lamartine American Legion Post No. 281 building, in Chews Landing, was put aside Tuesday morning. Poll workers were alerted that the machine had a low battery before polls opened, county officials said, and it was replaced with another machine within an hour. It could be up to two weeks before the county adds District 13 votes to those from the township's 39 other districts to arrive at an official tally. Votes from three more districts in Camden County—one each in Haddonfield, …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The Council president and vice president again stated support for maintaining a local police department Wednesday night.
The chairman of the local Republican committee on Wednesday challenged the all-Democrat Township Council to move and adopt a resolution stating it will not move the township into a proposed Camden County police force. "Would you consider a resolution to protect and preserve the Gloucester Township Police Department from countywide participation—to exclude Gloucester Township from any countywide police participation—to put on the books?" Ray Polidoro asked. Council President Glen Bianchini indicated he was not inclined to move such a resolution. He opened Polidoro's proposal up to his colleagues, but no one bit. Council Vice President Orlando Mercado responded by telling Polidoro the resolution would not carry any weight. "It's a non-…
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Council president did not go so far as to reject the plan, but he did make a pretty telling statement Monday night.
While willing to listen to the plan when it's complete, it sounds like Council President Glen Bianchini and his colleagues would prefer to continue to have Gloucester Township patrolled by members of the Gloucester Township Police Department. "I think you know how we feel about our police department," Bianchini told a resident during Monday night's Council meeting. For those who do not normally attend Council meetings or follow the governing body in media: Its members are highly supportive of the police department headed by Chief W. Harry Earle. As Council Vice President Orlando Mercado put it: "Council enables our police force to have the latest and greatest when it comes to technology in crime prevention and crime-solving." Camden County…
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
One of the four Republican candidates for Township Council in the uncontested June primary will be replaced on the November ballot.
A new name will appear in the Republican column on the November general election ballot in the race for Township Council as compared to the June primary ballot. Gloucester Township Republican Municipal Committee (GTRMC) Chairman Ray Polidoro has announced that United States Military Academy graduate Ted Liddell will replace Barbara Ashton on the Republican slate. "He's a good fit with us," Polidoro said of Liddell late this morning. Liddell is an attorney. He also holds a master's degree in business administration from Columbia College, according to GTRMC. There are four Council seats up for grabs in this year's election. Ashton withdrew from the Council race citing personal reasons, Polidoro said. The Republican slate for Council is now …