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)