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Gloucester City News-A possible vote June 16 on a referendum to adopt a Council-Manager form of government for Gloucester City will not happen.

Because of a legal opinion by Solicitor John Kearney that was agreed upon by members of City Council, there will be no special election. City Clerk Paul Kain wrote:

“An opinion provided by John B. Kearney, City Solicitor, to the Mayor and Common Council (and copied to the Camden County Board of Elections, Superintendent of Election and the N.J. Attorney General’s office), wherein the City Solicitor has determined that the City of Gloucester City is governed by New Jersey Statutes 40A:61-1 has been received by City Clerk Paul J. Kain on Tuesday, June 2.

“The Mayor and Common Council had previously approved a resolution June 1 directing the City Clerk to cease and desist any action related to the Direct Petition received by his office on May 19 and subsequently certified by Clerk Kain as to containing a sufficient number of signatures of registered voters on May 28, 2009.

“As a result of the foregoing, and the further direction of the Mayor and Common Council of Gloucester City contained in Resolution #152-2009, please be advised that the Special Election previously noted of the Direct Petition for the Change of Government to a Council-Manager form has been effectively determined by John Kearney, City Solicitor, and concurred by members of the Governing Body of Gloucester City, to be nullified and any costs associated with the petition filed on May 19 shall not be paid by the City of Gloucester.”

The direct petition certification, signed by Kain on May 28, read:

“I, Paul J. Kain, Clerk of the City of Gloucester City, in the County of Camden and State of New Jersey, do hereby certify that the Direct Petition For Referendum To Adopt A Council-Manager Form Of Government For the City of Gloucester City, received in my office on the 19th day of May, 2009, at 4:10 p.m. containing two hundred seventy-three (273) signatures, of which two hundred fifty-five (255) have been found to be valid and acceptable. As two hundred forty-eight (248) valid signatures were necessary, the petition submitted is valid.

“I have been contacted by Councilman John Hutchinson, via e-mail, relative to statements made to him by persons who signed the petition, that they were misinformed. Any person who may have been misled, misinformed, or the petition in question misrepresented when presented to them for signature, are asked to contact me directly at my office so that I may take a statement to that effect and investigate the same.

“Signed under my hand and the Seal of Gloucester City this 28th day of May, 2009,” City Clerk Paul Kain.

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