Gloucester Township votes unanimously to throw taxpayer dollars down the "rat hole".

Gloucester Township, Camden county

In a typical 7-0 vote Gloucester Township council voted to waste taxpayers dollars on a "red light camera" evaluation in the same month that the program is set to expire.
The red light camera program is reaching the 5 year pilot expiration period and the state legislature doesn't appear be interested in renewing the controversial program.
Remington and Vernick, the engineering firm for Gloucester Township, along with many other municipalities, is now scheduled to evaluate the 10 red light cameras along Blackwood Clementon roads at a cost of $1223.00 to township taxpayers again. When asked to "table" the proposal, council ignored the request and rammed the proposal through.
In a 7-0 vote council members Glen Biancchini, Orlando Mercado, Sam Siler, Frank Schmidt,Dan Hutchison, Tracy Trotto, Michelle Winters unanimously voted to spend the unnecessary funds to Remington and Vernick.

Remington and Vernick coincidentally has contributed almost $250,000 dollars to the Democratic political party PACs of the campaigns of those who voted. Through the past few years the engineering firm has made one time political contributions to the Gloucester Township Democratic PACs of $10,400 , $7,200 , $5,100 and on. Contributions totaling $213,000 over the past 6 years.

It's no wonder that Gloucester Township Council refused to pass common sense "Pay to play" legislation. It seems to be alive and well.

Will the end of Gloucester Township red light cameras bring higher taxes?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

Gloucester Township council has been asked regularly the past 4 months, "have you planned for the loss of revenue when the red light cameras are gone"?
Council members look around at each other and shrug their shoulders as they do so often, but no response or council President Biancchini says that "they will deal with it when the time comes".
As New Jersey's 5 year "pilot" program comes to an end in December, Gloucester Township's 10 red light cameras are scheduled to "go dark" in May 2015. The township began collecting
about $1.8 Million in the first few years of violations while paying American Traffic Solutions (ATS) $47,500 per month. That has risen to $49,300 for ATS services.

Taxpayers of Gloucester Township should pay very close attention to state's position on these cameras, as the revenues from those lights will dry up and Mayor Mayer and council will have to look to taxpayers to make up for that lost revenue. Last year Mayer and council levied 9% on residents and they seem to have no problem going back to the same well to fill their buckets.

Philadelphia Inquirer news link to the New Jersey "red light camera story:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20141108_N_J__likely_to_shu...

Why is Gloucester Township Mayor Mayer and Democratic PACs supporting and spending TENS of thousands of dollars on school board races?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

Gloucester Township Mayor, Dave Mayer has broken a long standing precedent of leaving "party politics" out of school board races. At least publicly and openly. This year should have most Gloucester Township residents scratching their heads. Why would the Mayor openly endorse school board candidates and why would the "behind the scenes" Democratic political action committees (PAC) throw tens of thousands of dollars into non partisan school board races?

If you look at the source of revenue for schools, it mainly comes from property taxes. With insider democrats in complete control of spending those tax dollars, why would they want anyone who is not part of the "political machine" to have the ability to see the truth.

Spending those unprecedented amounts of money on school board races tells voters all that they need to know. Gloucester Township Democratic affiliated school board members are so threatened by outsiders being elected that they resorted to unspeakable, campaign tactics, one of which they had to remove from Youtube, due to the amount of very negative feedback.

Black Horse Pike school board has a few image problems of their own as well. ALL 3 high schools within the regional district have been plagued by scandal with what had been reported as inappropriate behavior by teachers involving students. The issue was just again brought up by the Courier Post. All of these issues happened under the Bucceroni, Zanghi, Ellis, tenure.
With Bucceroni and Zanghi holding multiple jobs, maybe their focus is not where it should be.

Voters should just simply ask themselves WHY? Why is the Gloucester Township Democrats and their behind the scenes PACS dumping so much money on these school board races?

When you go to the polls, just ask yourself, what would "checks and balances" do for the tax paying public of Gloucester Township and our children?

Gloucester Township News endorses Dawson andPildis for Black Horse Pike Regional school board

Gloucester Township, Camden County

For the Black Horse Pike Regional school board, Gloucester Township News endorses Candidates, Jill Dawson andCharles Pildis,
Of the five candidates vying for the regional school board, Bucceroni, and Zanghi, are multi job holders and part of the local political machine.
Dawson and Pildis would be a welcome fresh change for the board, and bring "checks and balances" to the very political board that has no spending limits.

Dawson and Pildis, are just what the schools, parents, and taxpayers need for a successful and responsible future.

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Gloucester township's $302,000 "Swamp Pink" at the GEMS landfill, continues to cost taxpayers

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.

Crime and criminals attracted to Gloucester Township?

Gloucester Township,Camden County,NJ

In the past five years, Gloucester Township has seen crime and criminals increase and worsen. Murder, sexual assault, burglary, weapons offenses, drugs, and others.
It is not that the Gloucester Township Police are not doing a great job, but it calls to question why are these crimes and criminal element coming to the township?
Under current Mayor, Dave Mayer, new housing development is opening up in areas that are already battling, drugs and crimes that concern those living in fear as new elements introduce themselves. What is the attraction to Gloucester Township of these elements?
New Jersey State Police crime reports indicate the following crime statistics: Homicide is up 50%,rape up 85.7%,robbery up 52.6%, including with a fire arm, assault up 95.2%, and burglary up 58.4%. Other Gloucester Township crime stats and trends are available at NJSP site : http://www.njsp.org/info/pdf/ucr/current/091214_crimetrend.pdf

Back to school in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township,NJ

It is back to school for all Gloucester Township students, including all elementary and high schools. Please be cautious, and exercise awareness as our township children walk to school and to their bus stops.

Remember most of all, no texting and driving. All texts and cell calls can wait. Our children a so much more important than what is on our phones.

Lawsuit: Gloucester Township allegedly used threat of arrest to coerce employee to resign. (njopengovt.blogspot.com)

Gloucester Township, Camden County
By: John Paff

On August 5, 2014, West Berlin attorney Donald M. Doherty, Jr. filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit on my behalf against Gloucester Township (Camden County). The lawsuit, John Paff v. Township and Gloucester and Rosemary DiJosie, Township Clerk, Docket No. CAM-L-3147-14 is on-line here.

The lawsuit's basis is a tip from an informant that those in power in Gloucester Township government sought to remove a high-ranking employee from his position so that they could give the job to another person who was politically connected and favored. In order to prod the employee into leaving his position, those holding political sway allegedly arranged for the employee to be caught doing something illegal and then used a threat of arrest and prosecution to coerce him into resigning.

I sought disclosure of several records, including police reports, regarding this alleged incident under OPRA and the common law right of access. In her response, Gloucester Township Clerk Rosemary DiJosie admitted that there was an "on-going investigation" into the employee but that public disclosure of the police reports "would be inimical to the public interest." DiJosie did, however, disclose a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) screen shot on "Police Case # 14-019933" showing that police were dispatched to a Township address on May 13, 2014 at about 3:30 p.m. The "Call for Service" description on the CAD report was "Theft - All other."

Further documents received indicated that the Township entered into a "Severance Agreement and General Release" with the employee. The agreement, which was signed on June 4, 2014, allowed for the employee to retain his paid medical benefits through July 31, 2014 and contained a covenant under which the employee gave up all rights to sue the Township.

Interestingly, the Agreement provided that the employee's date of severance from Township employment was May 12, 2014--the day before he was allegedly caught in committing an illegal act. According to the lawsuit, the timing of his severance lent "substantial credence to several elements of the 'tipped' facts - i.e., that while 'the powers' wanted [the employee] out, they did not want to "hurt" him by jeopardizing his pension etc."

Posted by John Paff

Gloucester Township still in hiding

Gloucester Township< Camden county,NJ

For over 7 years, residents have asked Gloucester Township council to televise their meetings. Council has literally ignored residents, and even performed the "New Jersey two step" around the subject. They diverted the attempts by suggesting, then implementing a free on line live stream, to keep from allowing the meetings to be televised on the local free cable channel 19 that Comcast provides established within the 15-25 year exclusive contract they have with the township.

Two problems exist with the township's live stream are that seniors that are not computer or internet savvy would find great difficulty in tuning in, and those whom can not afford high speed internet would not be able to watch. Seniors and lower income residents would surely be left out.

You would think that with Mayor Mayer being also a full time lobbyist for Comcast, that Mayer would find a way to use his position at Comcast to make televising the council, governmental meetings. Residents just recently saw a 9% increase in their property tax, maybe more residents would be able to see just who that came about. As most surrounding and adjacent towns have televised meetings, Gloucester Township has fought not be be on TV.

For now, the government business of Gloucester Township will remain hidden from the residents who can't go out of their way to attend the meetings.