Gloucester Township, Camden County
In response to being compared to council President Glen Biancchini, Councilman Orlando Mercado decided that he would play hardball with the people of Gloucester Township.
Just before the first public portion of the August 24th council meeting, Vice President and Gloucester township school administrator Orlando Mercado, announced that the two public portions of the meeting would have a 15 minute time limit, 30 for the second. With the second portion on anything, and non agenda items, having a 5 minute time limit for each person, that would allow only 6 people to speak at all council meetings according to Mercado.
To add insult to injury, Councilman S. Daniel Hutchison injected on Mercado's behalf, stating that when the public speaks within their 5 minute time limit, that it would include council's response. The litmus test occurred this evening, when a resident asked a 1 minute question, and various council members chimed in for a 2 1/2 minute reply. The resident asked for the clock to stop, and Hutchison added that the public/council dialog should be included in the 5 minutes, thus limiting even more the public's ability to speak.
Mercado has in the past tried to show up Council President Biancchini, for his fairness to the public with flexibility on the clock. While Biancchini presides, everyone gets to speak during Gloucester Township council's public portion. This is not the first time that Mercado's arrogance has shined when "acting" as the Council President.
As a Gloucester Township School Administrator, that is some example to set for our school children.
GT Council meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI1S8F_CsWQ&feature=youtu.be