published Friday, June 13, 2008
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--An interesting TIP was received Friday, June 13 regarding Gloucester City Clerk/Administrator Paul Kain. The source said Kain was upset with City Councilman Nick Marchese, Finance Committee Chairman. And he wants the Mayor to replace the chairman with someone else on council.
I spoke to Mayor James about the remarks he said Councilman Marchese will remain as Finance Chairman. He added that the City is in the midst of contract negotiations with Kain. “There are times when things become heated and that is to be expected.”
I spoke to Mayor James on Friday about the correspondence and he said Councilman Marchese will remain as Finance Chairman. He added that the City is in the midst of contract negotiations with Kain. “There are times when things become heated and that is to be expected.”
Kain has been working without a contract since December 2006. He was appointed to the position of City Clerk/Administrator in April 2005 at a salary of $85,000. The contract called for annual raises of 3.5%.
According to public records, Kain began his employment with the City in 1992. Kain also works a part-time job for Washington Township. State Public Employee records dated January 2007 reveal he is paid a salary of $13,543 for those duties and $90,504 for his position with the City of Gloucester City.
Stay tuned I am sure this story is not going away.
Another TIP received was about the proposals for the Canopy restaurant on the City’s riverfront at the former Coast Guard Base. In all four proposals were received. One came from as far away as Ireland. The other three were from the immediate area. Submitting proposals were Pat O’Donnell, former owner of O’Donnell’s Restaurant; the owners of the Twin Bar and from the owners of Clancy’s in Brooklawn.
Mayor James said council expects to act on the proposals this coming week.
Back to Marchese, in Sunday’s Courier Post (June 8, 2008) in a story about how the state budget could be cut.
He writes, “It is my belief that longevity pay for state employees should be a thing of the past. Many municipalities and county agencies have eliminated these benefits. To calculate the total savings is very difficult due to the many different percentage amounts received by each employee. I can tell you it's a large savings.
“The state should roll the longevity pay into the existing employees' salaries, which will help with their pensions, then eliminate it. All newly hired government workers would never receive longevity. All sick days should be used by the employee or lost. This would also mean a huge savings in employee overtime. Our state officials must be willing to renegotiate contracts with unionized workers to accomplish these cuts while immediately reducing the non-union department heads' sick time and longevity to make a statement to unionized workers and their supervisors.”
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