Gloucester Township, Camden County,NJ
From late 2010, to mid 2014, Gloucester township taxpayers funded the infamous "swamp pink" plant and the GEMS landfill.
Once again GEMS made a "cash call" to Gloucester Township for almost $1 million, for cost maintenance, and Gloucester Township Mayor Mayer, and council once again failed to ask the GEMS trustees where the money goes. Township residents pushed the issue for the past month, before Mayer and council pass another resolution to borrow even more money at taxpayer's expense.
Several years ago, former Mayor Hatton, had requested to put a solar field on the GEMS sight when the SREC was above $600. Gloucester Township council obstructed her efforts at every turn. When all else failed, an 11th hour discovery of "swamp pink" at the base of the landfill mound was suddenly found and endangered. So residents are familiar with the "flower of power". It may be worthy of mention the the former Mayor was a Republican, introducing this project to a Democratic controlled council.Even though this was also being paid for by investors at no cost to the taxpayers of Gloucester Township.
Now that council finally requested project expenditures from the GEMS trustees, the costs to township makes you scratch your head. listed are just some of the costs listed.
"Swamp Pink monitoring program" $302,000 by CH2M Hill professional services
"Government oversight" $20,000 NJDEP
"Trustee oversight" $256,000 ???????? (Note Public Works supervisor is also Gloucester Township's GEMS "Trustee".
Do Gloucester Township residents have any ideas where their hard earned money goes to? Besides photo ops, Mayor Mayer does not remain at council meetings to do the business of the township, or answer questions.
(Update) Gloucester Township council did pass the resolution to borrow another $1.6 Million to answer the GEMS most recent "cash call". Mayor Mayer is surely expected to sign it.