"Mighty Mouth" comes to the aid of "Captain Carlamere", to shut down public comments at Gloucester Township council meeting?

Gloucester Township, Camden County
From a GT Live Stream viewer.

I watched a Gloucester Township council meeting on the glotwp website, to see what is going on in my home town. I saw some things that seemed like they were being rushed thru or from behind the curtains. Last minute entries into the agenda that the public had no way of addressing. I see countless amounts of money being spent for unnecessary things that taxpayers don't need or probably want. AstroTurf?? Really??

It was then I saw some residents get up and speak. Most made very good points. However, each time policy or procedure were addressed, the township Solicitor David Carlamere sat up like a 60's cartoon Superhero to be the defender of the "faith". He seemed to spew gibberish in every instance that can only be described as "dog paddling" in explaining last minute "walk on" justification. For every concern, the Solicitor seemed to put on his Captain Carlamere outfit, and come to the aid of Council and Administration for less than transparent issues and policies.

When it came time for residents to address concerning "political" issues with sitting Politicians, that was something the solicitor could not delve into. It was then I saw another 60's Superhero come to the aid of the Council members themselves. We shall call him "Mighty Mouth". I never did get to hear what the sitting Councilman and school Administrator, Orlando Mercado was engaged in, because before it was even mentioned, Mercado's Superhero came out to defend council running mates, with a hearty "Here I come to save the Day"
(a very familiar song to those in the 60's era cartoon generation).

This Mighty Mouth character could not be helped by Capt. Carlamere, so he did what needed to Politically do. He made a motion to STOP the public from speaking. He motioned the Council President (who is not running for re-election) to stop the public from speaking. The motion was heard but not seconded right away. One more character was added to this cast of cartoon characters. Councilman Dan Hutchison. We shall call him "Pepe LePew". Hutchinson wanted to throw his little "stink bomb" into the mix before seconding the motion. There was no way to dignify this action, and it fell short, so he seconded Mercado's motion, and the public portion was completely shut down.

No one else was going to be heard. This would be almost funny if it wasn't so sad. I will have to tune in again to. see if this is the "norm"
The quality of the township's video was very poor, but worse than that, you can't hear the Council members when they speak.
You would think with all of the money Gloucester Township spends on toys, that they would have a decent video and audio system.

Here is Gloucester Township's own poor quality video: (It's near the end that the public speaks)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoL9kOhMDvE&index=1&list=PLBQORk1AOVk1Jh...

Another reason why some good Democrats joined the Republicans in quest of council seats in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township, Camden County

Besides the lack of transparency, nepotism, and "tax and spend" mentality, the Gloucester Township Democratic organization gave another good reason for life long Democrats to run with the Republicans.
At a Friday night family friendly bowling fundraiser, the evening had one hiccup. Gloucester Township Democrat operative photographer Laura Powers came to the event with camera in hand and no bowling shoes in sight, to photograph the opposing council candidates that were out on the night with their spouses, and children for a night of bowling.

Bowling is surely not a high dollar fundraiser, but more of a night of family and friends, get together in support of their candidate, also known as "Family" or "friend".
Gloucester Township Republicans do not have Engineer firms that are hired by the township, (like Remington & Vernick) to write a check for thousands of dollars, or contractors and vendors, as do the Democrats in power.
The simple question is WHY?? Why did Laura Powers feel the need to take pictures of Candidates bowling with their families. What would Team Mayer, or Gloucester Township Democrats, need with those pictures? Really????

Gloucester Township Public Works. Good job after the storm, but overtime was a huge issue before the storm.

Gloucester Township, Camden County.

Residents of Gloucester Township have seen it's Public Works employees highly visible in it's efforts to clean up our streets and town following the storm. They got our town just about back to normal in a week, however, as the King of Politicians, (Rahm Emanual) put it best, " never let a crisis go to waste".
Gloucester Township is literally "Closed on Friday". The township employees are on a 4 day work week. Anyone who works on Friday is on OVERTIME.
Gloucester Township Public Works (GTPW) has been working somewhat regularly on Fridays and some Saturdays. The amount of overtime will be calculated for the year, but you can bet that the storm will get the attention.

In a local election year, you can count on the "Mayer Team" to write all of that overtime into the "storm", but Gloucester Township residents can see that the overtime is already a problem in Public Works. The 5 day work week has been brought up several times at the local Council meetings, with questions ranging from, "how much overtime", "why overtime, why not work 5 days like normal people do", to " when does time and a half end, and double time begin".

It almost makes it painfully obvious that the "let no crisis go to waste" mentality, will most certainly have Gloucester Township residents reaching into their pockets for a tax increase to
"Pay for the Storm". In an election year, Politicians most certainly wait until AFTER the election, to introduce that tax increase, all the while, blaming it on "THE STORM"

Residents know of the overtime before the storm, and as grateful as they may be to GTPW for the clean up, what will it cost them.

Public works yard will be open for brush drop off:
Thursday, July 2: 07:00 am – 08:00 pm
Friday, July 3: 07:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday, July 4: 07:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday, July 5: 07:00 am – 3:30 pm

The effort was there from Atlantic City Electric to restore power to the South Jersey region.

South Jersey

Even though many complained that thousands were without power for many days following the intense storm on Tuesday, Atlantic City Electric (ACE) called in the troops to assist in getting power restored as quickly as possible.

According to Frank Tedesco at ACE, 1600 electric workers and lineman, hundreds of vehicles, from 6 states, including the Atlantic City Electric crew were setting up in locations about the area including the Crosskeys movie theater, on Crosskeys Rd. Trucks were parked as far as the eye could see, and crews has tents and necessities within that same command center.
Utility crews from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, made their way to South Jersey to assist Atlantic City Electric, in restoring electricity to the area, after Tuesday's intense storm, that devastated the region.

Even though the storm was a major inconvenience, including loss of food, and other essential items. We weathered the storm. No one was hurt. The clean up continues and power has now been restored to all residents in the area. The effort was there and in the end, Atlantic City Electric deserves some kudos.

How was Timber Creek High School without power after a $20 MILLION dollar solar panel program throughout the schools in Gloucester Township??

Gloucester Township, Camden County

After a $20 MILLION dollar solar program, throughout all Gloucester Township schools, how was Timber Creek High School without power this week?
For what some are saying is a "horrible" eye sore, Timber Creek high school has solar panels plastered over every grassy area of the school property, the Black Horse Pike Regional school was without power earlier in the week, following the intense storm that passed through the area on Tuesday.

What exactly are hundreds of solar panels doing at the school and schools, township residents are asking.

Pictures of Timber Creek solar fields in Gloucester Township link below:

NOTHING is FREE. Grants are still TAXPAYER'S money. Why is it wasted on silliness?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

When politicians say that a project or program didn't cost the taxpayers anything, think about it. Government has no money. Government has taxpayer's money.
So when a "grant" pays for that project, you are still paying for it. Be it federal, or state, it still comes from you.

Is this what we really need to spend money on? In 2013, which coincidentally was an election year, Gloucester Township Mayor, Mayer spend "tonnage grant" funds on a TV commercial
on the recycling program that had already been in effect for 2 years. Better things could have been done with that money to offset taxpayer's costs and taxes.

Here is the recent video that Gloucester Township has put out. Maybe "Oscar the Grouch" wasn't available but friends and family were for the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wiunVOSNE0

3 Gloucester Township schools go into lock down after pharmacy robbery

Courier Post Gloucester Township, Camden County

Three schools went on lockout status Monday morning after an armed robbery at a local drug store.

Gloucester Township police said a man with a handgun held up a pharmacist at a Rite Aid store in the 1400 block of Chews Landing Road around 9:40 a.m., fleeing with prescription medication. Nearby housing developments and wooded areas were searched, but the suspect was not found

Three nearby schools — Glen Landing Middle, Lorring Flemming Elementary and Mother Goose Learning Center — were placed on lockout status for about an hour, with officers posted at each site to protect students and staff.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucester Township police at (856) 228-4500.

FACTS are FACTS MAYOR MAYER. They are not to be IGNORED.

Gloucester Township, Camden County May 23, 2015

In typical Gloucester Township fashion, Mayor Mayer is quoted in an NJ.com story that despite the census numbers, he "feels" that the town is "still growing".
Many residents and taxpayers may whole hardheartedly disagree.
When you look around the neighborhoods of Gloucester Township, it is easy to see that people are leaving. Businesses may be coming, but are they keeping up with the numbers of businesses leaving? When you give a lengthy tax break, or abatement,leaving stores, and local businesses have been seen the township, some heading to nearby Winslow and other surrounding towns.
It has also been noticed, that some of our more recent arrivals have been feeling pressure from the township administration, to have the township incorporated into their store front signs.

Politicians have long since used "census" figures to their advantage, even in township as they have set funding and aid to Gloucester Township by the "numbers".

Taxpayers want "growth" to make a difference in offsetting their tax burden. If taxes continue to go up after four "0"s then a 9% increase in the tax levy, the "new" ZERO is now 9% higher. Taxpayers feel growth, when their taxes go down and spending goes down.

Facts are Facts Mr. Mayer. Some times they go in your favor, But don't ignore the facts when they don't.

See Mayor Mayors comments on the NJ.com story at: http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2015/05/gloucester_township_is_growin...

How many homes are vacant in your Gloucester Township neighborhood? Taxes just to high for some to stay?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

If you take a ride within your own development, will you see a growing number of vacant homes?
Even long time residents of Gloucester Township are finding it too expensive to stay in the home that they paid off, but can't keep up with property taxes.
Many homes seem to be on the market for a very long time, others are littered with stickers that indicate that the house in in foreclosure. In many cases, the property in not maintained, the grass is growing, store flyers are piling up, and some are getting windows broken and boarded up.

As home values decrease greatly, the tax assessment is not equal to the "true" and "real" value. The township has an "assessed" value, and even though other comparable homes in the development are selling for much less, the taxes are not reflecting the same.

The more homes that become vacant, the more those staying pay in taxes to make up the shortfall of those whom have left.

If you purchase a home for $210,000, but the home was last assessed at $330,000 , your property tax is on the assessed value, not that sale price.
Will your children be able to afford Gloucester Township, and stay close to their parents and family? Do the math. See for yourself.

Gloucester Township was at one time a great place to raise a family. Spending sprees by local politicians in the past 5 years has changed that.

Politicians infiltrate Erial Little League. Parents personal emails to be used as they have with all of other township youth sports.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

After several years of refusal to get involved with local politics, Gloucester Township politicians have infiltrated Erial Little League.
As is the case with most youth sports leagues, internal politics is not so uncommon, but politicians bring real politics to youth sports by using the parents private email addresses to ruin the game that children sign up for.
Gloucester Township has had a history of using the local youth sports organization's officers (Pres or VP) to gain access to parents private emails. In the past parents have attended council meetings to voice their concerns. It did not stop the party politics from making their way into the private email of parents who gave their email addresses for club use only, including schedules, and up to date cancellations or club activities and announcements.

Two years ago, the president of a GT sports club, refused to allow the local politicians to utilize the parents private email. Interestingly enough the club was rerouted under a new President more tightly connected with the "political powers that be". The only club that had not participated in this practice was Erial Little league. Erial coincidentally is the most successful organization in Gloucester Township.

Concerned parents should be made aware of what they are getting themselves into, when one of their officers gets into local politics in Gloucester Township.

Parents have a right NOT to have their personal email and information shared with people outside of the club, especially "Politicians"

In Gloucester Township, your private email is fair game as it has been in other youth sports organizations in this town. Like it or not. FACT just ask other youth sports parents in town.