By William E. Cleary Sr.
JEER-To those people from out-of-town that continue to disrespect the community of Gloucester City. That includes bar owners, slum landlords and disorderly people. Stay out of Gloucester City we don’t want your business nor do we need the “trash” that patronize your establishments or live in your apartments.
JEER-It was reported in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer that Camden City and Gloucester City are the only two communities in Camden County that still mix storm water and sewage in one large pipe. In other words when it rains, if the system overflows, it floods sewage everywhere. Besides paying a quarterly tax to the City of Gloucester City residents pay the Camden County MUA. Why hasn’t this problem been fixed? If 35 other communities in Camden County have been able to fix this quandary why hasn’t Camden and Gloucester Cities?
JEER-Lawn contractors with their noisy leaf blowers come into every neighborhood in the City and in surrounding towns blowing grass clippings and leaves into the street instead of sweeping up the debris and placing in trash bags. How much longer would it take them to do the job right; maybe five or ten minutes at the most.
CHEER-A resident of Gloucester Towne writes “I contacted Councilman Marchese about some problems at Proprietors Park and along the waterfront. Within a week Public Works addressed the problems of overgrown weeds, missing bricks, painting, etc. And they (the workers) did a great job. Mr. Marchese is a man of his word.”
JEER-After the Wiffleball Reunion Committee hosted two parties for over 500 people and spent over $7,000 for the FREE Reunion on Friday night and FREE Block Party on Saturday someone stole a donation jar with an estimated $300 plus.
CHEER-To the Gloucester City Police Department for patrolling Proprietors Park and the waterfront. Their presence brings a feeling of security to many people, particularly the seniors that live in the Gloucester Towne apartments.
JEER-To those people that allow their dog to run loose at the city parks. We need clear signs saying leash you dog or pay fine. Gloucester City could also look in to a dog park enclosed for dog's to run free. We have plenty of room all we need is fencing, and someone checking dog records.
CHEER-To the Gloucester City Police for their hard work and always being helpful to the residents.
JEER-Why doesn’t the Gloucester City Fire Department hold a Fire Prevention Open House at the firehouse for the public? In the past this was an annual event every October during fire prevention week. They try to fool the public by saying they go around to the schools in the city to talk about fire prevention. I know for a fact they don’t go to every school. Thirty some firemen and 10 chiefs costing taxpayers $4 million a year, what a waste.
CHEER-This was the 10th and final year for the Brooklawn Wiffleball Reunion. Kudos to all those involved for their hard work and sacrifices over that period of time especially Tom and Ken MacAdams and their families along with Bruce and Jill Darrow.
JEER-To the Fire Chief and Chief of Operations for not providing the Gloucester City News or ClearysNoteBook with the number of responses each week or month like the Gloucester City Police Department does.
CHEER-The First Presbyterian Church, Monmouth and Burlington Streets, has just been given a new paint job. This historic old building looks great thanks to Pastor Morgan.
JEER-Gloucester City Council continues the policy of not disciplining employees who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). There should be a rule in place that if you are found guilty of a DUI you lose your job. Especially for employees who are required to have a drivers license such as firemen, EMT, and police officers.
JEER-The Gloucester City Fire Department (GCPD) continues to take a beating this month. Another resident writes, “Thumbs down to the GCFD, for not holding an Open House for Fire Prevention Week. I think community awareness should be first and foremost. GCFD has a 24/7 paid staff and a $4 million a year budget, there should be no issues with providing an event of this nature.”
Contributors this month in no particular order include: Lauren Saban, Richard Dick, David Townsend, Bruce Darrow, Barbara DiBartolo, A resident of Gloucester Towne and A Retired Firefighter.
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A friend said...
Regarding the combined stormwater and sewer systems. First, my understanding is that the CCMUA simply connected to pipes at each town's treatment center. It did not replace sewer pipes within the town's streets. Second, in Gloucester, I assume that the pipes run several feet underground of EVERY SINGLE STREET in the town, with connections to every home. So obviously to correct this issue, it would require EVERY SINGLE STREET in the town to be ripped up and new pipes laid for at least one of the lines, but maybe both, and possiblty redoing connections to every home and business. A project of that scope would cost 10s of millions, maybe hundreds of millions. Heck, It possibly would be cheaper to just buy everyone out and shut down the town.
Gloucester City has been ripping up streets for the past decade. Don't you remember what a mess it was when the work was being done on Broadway, Burlington and King Streets. The powers to be told us then when that work was completed the problem of sewage and rain water drain off would be fixed.
And one of the reasons the CCMUA was created was to correct the problem of dumping sewage into the river. Millions of dollars yes it would cost that much but over 30 plus years we have been paying the CCMUA tax that agency has collected millions of dollars in fees. Where is the money going if not to fix this problem?
According to the Inquirer article Gloucester City and Camden City are the only two communities that continue to have a problem with the sewage and rain water mix. How is it that neighboring Brooklawn along with 34 other communities have been able to correct the problem and these two cities haven't.
A friend said in reply to CNBNEWS.NET...
"How is it that neighboring Brooklawn along with 34 other communities have been able to correct the problem and these two cities haven't."
Maybe, the other towns had nothing to fix.
A significant portion of Camden County did not start to even closely resemble what we see today until the 40s and 50s and even later. The Brooklawn and Bellmawr government housing projects were mid 40s. Other major communities (Cherry Hill) didn't start developing until the 60s. At that time, engineers knew enough to separate the lines.
Gloucester and Camden are older towns that had their core growth spurts decades earlier. Building practices in the early 1900s apparently did not include separating the lines.
Old sections of Philadelphia have a similar problem.
All theories... I could be completely wrong.
Its a shame that someone would steal a donation jar at the wiffleball tournament. Thats a day when everyone seems to have a good time. Was the hairy fox in attendance at this event?
Joe F said...
Why do people always put the blame on city government when They some times create the problems themselves? the reason
the city was cleaner back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s was people
would keep their property clean and took pride in the city not sit back and complain. One of my jobs when i lived there was to clean the sidewalk in front of the house on broadway my parents said people on buses going by can see how clean it
was. And they rented the house. can you imagine a teenager today scrubing the sidewalk.If you see one doing that take a picture and send it to Ripley Believe It Or Not.
Michael Walters said...
To the retired fire fighter, if that is what you are. why dont you post your real name, Your giving real retired firefighters a bad name.
Now thats funny... said in reply to Michael Walters...
I think the fire fighters in this town do a pretty good job at giving themselves a bad name. They seem to operate under an untouchable standard. They are allowed to get arrested, have a suspended drivers license and refuse to provide the taxpayers with their REAL numbers of calls for service. What are they so affraid of? This Mayor and Council will not cut them so who cares if the public knows that they handle less then 10 calls in a 24 hour period? Refusing to supply these numbers is a dis-service to all of us taxpayers. I remember a certain highway worker who was fired for being charged with something. Where is the fairness in that?
Michael Walters said...
Last I knew it was public information and the "tax payers" could file an OPRA request. I know that "the tax payers" are entilited to this information, but it is what it is. We have a great police and fire dept and they do there jobs above and beyoned there call of duty. They all put there lives on the line for the tax payers of this town, Sure they get paid for it. They took the test and got there jobs. I have seen people that hated the fire dept until they needed there help and then that person couldnt praise them enough. So I guess that's how it works you hate someone until you need them.
There are alot of problems in this town that people should look into. This is a great town and if everyone worked together to turn it around then maybe thing would change. There are way to many people in this town and country that worry about themselves.
We need to consoldate services and find ways to lower are taxes.
Why didn't we sell the water plant to new jersey water and not spend millions of dollars to redo ours.
Why do we pay an outside company to manage our senior building when we have people in this town that can do the same or better job.
The list goes on. these are the questions that need to be asked not how many calls did each dept do.
You are right when it comes to if someone does something wrong they should be punished and from what i can tell each person has been punished to the letter of the law and DOP.
what's good for the goose... said...
Why would a firefighter lose their job for DWI when we let a high school teacher get away with it?
A teacher doesn't need his/her driver license to perform their job.
But a firefighter, EMT, Police Officer is required under their job description to have a current driver license. If he/they lose their license for 6 months for a DUI they would be in violation of the job requirement.
Special said in reply to what's good for the goose......
I guess we should conclude that firefighters are special people who are entitled to special consideration, special entitlements and special exemption from all rules of common sense.
what's good for the goose... said...
I understand that a teacher doesn't need a license for his job, however... This teacher is a POPULAR HIGH SCHOOL teacher... He's young and cool. This is also Gloucester, most kids know what he did. As for the firefighter, since we are paying four million dollars (!!) a year for the fire department, I'm pretty sure that he is not the only driver there, someone else can do the driving. I do not think that he should lose his job, just as I do not think that the teacher should lose his is all that I'm saying.
I think "a friend" is right in his conclusions about the combined sewer systems in Camden and Gloucester City. And, short of tearing up every street under which combined lines lie and separating them, solutions are hard to come by. I agree that this problem should have been addressed back when the CCMUA was buying up other substandard sewage treatment systems in the county, but that opportunity is gone.
The most recent suggestion I've heard - and it's an expensive one - is to place a "mini-treatment plant" at each of the overflow gates that spills raw sewage directly into the river when stormwater overwhelms the CCMUA's Camden facility. Gloucester City, I think, has about six of them.
In any case, I'm certain the heads of our Public Works and Water and Sewer departments are the most knowledgeable about this matter. Their comments here would be helpful and appreciated.
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