At its Special Meeting on October 20, Bellmawr Council approved the Best Practices Worksheet. Chief Financial Officer, Maria Fasulo, explained to Mayor Frank Filipek and Council that this year, the questions were reduced from 30 to 50. Also, positive credit must be received on 22 questions. The Borough received 27 and scored 90%, she said.
Borough Administrator, Josh Tregear, added; “We’ve been around 81% the last couple years.”
Fasulo was asked to provide clarification for the three no responses.
As for question #3, that relates to the tax assessor and whether there is a written policy for him to notify the Chief Financial Officer and the governing body of all tax appeals, Fasulo said. “We do not have a policy in place, but we do speak about it every year during the budget.”
Regarding question #10, that relates to the auditor’s findings and further explanation is listed on the side, she said.
As for question #26, that relates to compensation for accumulated sick leave covered by collective bargaining agreements and Fasulo said hopefully, that will be discussed during negotiations.
Screenshots are from the 2016 Best Practices Worksheet. Click below to view the entire document.
Reconstruction of Salem & Morris Aves.
The Caucus meeting followed the Special Meeting. Borough engineer, Thomas Cundey of Remington & Vernick, spoke about the reconstruction of Salem and Morris Avenues. He said that the ban on State funded projects was recently lifted and that the contractor is being contacted.
The contractor may have started other projects. Cundey is seeking confirmation as to when the contractor will be able to start and complete the project so that there isn’t an open road when winter comes.
The bids for the batting cages came in high, Cundey said so he wrote to the State and is waiting to hear back.
This project should be going out to bid soon, Cundey said.
Council meets on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Borough Hall.
In a statement released from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office today, Stephen H. Dempsey, of Deptford, 40, entered a guilty plea to a second-degree charge of endangering the welfare of a child by distribution of child pornography.
In a negotiated plea, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor, Alec Gutierrez, will recommend that Dempsey be sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison.
Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith scheduled sentencing for January 20, 2017.
The Deptford Township Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation after receiving information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that images of children engaged in sex acts had been uploaded to an e-mail address at Dempsey’s residence. Dempsey was charged on December 22, 2015.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office charged a Cherry Hill man and a Westville man on October 20 with selling drugs that caused the deaths of two 22-year-old men. One of the deceased was a Newfield resident and the other lived in Voorhees, but died in Glassboro.
According to a statement from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office, Clayton B. Gottlieb of Cherry Hill was charged with first-degree strict liability for a drug death, possession of less than a half-ounce of the painkiller Fentanyl with intent to distribute, distribution of Fentanyl, and possession of Fentanyl.
Gottlieb was served with Complaints at the Camden County Jail, where he is serving a sentence on an offense unrelated to the March 2, 2016 of the 22-year-old man in Glassboro. Bail on the drug charges was set at $150,000.
Richard J. Ayres Jr., of Westville, was charged with strict liability for a drug death, possession of less than one-half ounce of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, and possession of heroin. It is alleged Ayres sold heroin that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old Newfield man on June 10, 2016.
Ayres was arrested and jailed in default of $200,000 bail.
Providing assistance and arrests and investigations were the Glassboro and Franklin Township Police Departments along with the Fugitive Investigations Unit of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office.
(All suspects are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a Court of law.)
On Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m in the Gloucester High auditorium, there will be a question and answer session with several of the candidates who are running for a spot on the Gloucester City Board of Education.
The Gloucester City High School PTO and the Gloucester City Education Association are presenting this event and refreshments will be served.
This is a chance for the community and parents to meet the individuals who directly impact the students and their education.
According to the sample ballot on the Camden County Clerk’s website, the six candidates who are seeking a three-year term on the Gloucester City Board of Education are: Shawn Spotts, Edward Hubbs, Leon D. Harris, Jr., Robert “Bob” Bennett, Sr., Derek Timm, and W. Bruce Marks, Sr.
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, voters will select three of the six candidates.