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We also wondered.
In an effort to learn about the plans for the construction of four billboards in the north end of Gloucester City we submitted several Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests to the custodian of records, Municipal Clerk Kathy Jentsch. We asked for the council’s executive session meetings minutes from January 2016 through February 2017. In return, we received approximately 60 pages. From that number, we copied the information that we thought would be of interest to you and have published it below.
As you read along you’ll see the meeting minutes taken by Jentsch only give a short synopsis of the topic being discussed by council members and other officials in attendance. Sometimes the full name of the individual is given other times the clerk only provides the first or last name. On numerous occasions, Jentsch took a black felt pen and blacked out entire sentences claiming attorney-client privilege.
As for the billboard information, the city denied our request because the matter is in negotiations. The city claimed attorney-client privilege.
You too can submit an OPRA request if you are interested in learning more information about any of the topics below.
- Read How to File and OPRA
Because the data from the executive meetings is so long we have split the article into two parts. The second part will appear on Friday’s page, April 14. We have also inserted related articles that we have written over the years that pertain in some way to what is mentioned in these minutes.
Meeting Date: February 18, 2016
Lipsett (city administrator) met with interest party regarding Chatham Square
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Wood-explained ambulance service contract expires March 31. Finance Committee to review current contract and give them an extension.
Jeff Dey-discussion of electric poles Stinsman Ave. The cost to remove is $52,000. They offered deferred payment. Jeff to get a proposal.
Wood-227 Mercer st.-title company missed city’s water lien of $44,000 needs to be addressed; dock damage-meeting to be scheduled with Atlantic Subsea; Gillespie property-needs deed transfer and Gillespie needs an appraisal.
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Meeting Date: March 7, 2016
Johnson suggested Municipal Building be wood sided due to the cost of painting.
- Related: JEER—For three years if not longer the windows and siding on the Gloucester City Municipal building, have been in need of paint and repair.
Meeting Date: April 21, 2016
Brett Wiltsey was present to discuss abandoned properties. St. Joe’s (Saint Joseph's Carpenter Society) not interested in rehabbing 83 Baynes and 239 Sylvan. Need to look for other developers.
Meeting Date: May 19, 2016
Jentsch-Finance has approved the promotion of Jean Ege to the title of Senior Cashier with an increase of $780. Everyone in agreement.
Spencer-Donna Flourich requesting to hire Kelly Williamson full-time. Requires further discussion.
Lipsett-Bollinger provided a proposal for prescription drug coverage with savings of $55,000. It was agreed that City needs to change to them.
Spencer-16 E. Thompson-defaulted on RCA Loan. -Wiltsey reviewing
Hutchinson-questioned mini-hole property. Wood reported subdivision deed signed tonight by the mayor.
Jentsch reported Finance approved $500 stipend for Jackson and Courant to serve in the title of Alternate Deputy Registrar. This is an appointment that is made by the Registrar. Everyone in agreement.
Meeting Date: June 6, 2016
-Long (blacked out) redevelopment Lazor; Holt negotiations regarding Pilot; Chatham Square/Orens lawsuit and Cyzner
Meeting Date-June 16, 2016
Mr. Dey of Southport Renewal, LLC gave an update on Trans World Power and what they have been doing over the last several months. They have asked for an extension until October 1 to finish their due diligence on the property. They have been working with a multinational company to get this project off the ground. They are looking to spend $5 million on due diligence regarding this project.
Mr. D’Antonio gave an update on the Organic Diversions project. Things are moving steadily and they home to break ground in several months. On the Thomas Group matter, he does not feel the Thermoseal building is a long term solution.
Solicitor Wood discussed the dock damage and remedy the city has. He was instructed to reach out to Bob Bevan (mayor’s aide) to discuss this issue.
Meeting Date: July 21, 2016
Wood, Bryant asked attorney to consider using the $7500 settlement towards RCA deficiency; CWA-have not heard from them; FMBA-going to come to table again; closed on Lake property; Pier-going to file suit; 227 Mercer Street ($44,000) water bill, consider filing suit; EMS services Lourdes still waiting to sign agreement.
Johnson-two firefighters not recognized by Civil Service, hopefully, will be addressed when new cert is received.
Spencer-questioned Chatham Square (sentenced blacked out) negotiations.
Lipsett reported moving forward with OS Johnson.
Keating reported receiving the response from DEP on Camden City Flood ordinance they found a lot of deficiencies. $865,000 demolition loan approved.
Discussion to hire two police officers Lopane and Coxe; discussion on hiring Jerry Hubbs as provisional battalion chief until the list is certified. Jentsch requested resolution designation salary for zoning official; Lipsett requested a resolution to waive permits fees for Betsy Ross Pavilion roof.
TO BE CONTINUED Friday, April 14, 2017