TIPS AND SNIPPETS
By Bill Cleary
NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED-Executive Director Catherine Starghill of the NJ Government Records Council (GRC) advised the Gloucester City Board of Education in a July 12 letter that it could not require those seeking records to make an appointment to file an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request.
Starghill's letter was in response to a complaint from local activist John Schmidt who complained that he had stopped by the Gloucester City (Camden County) school district's offices on June 1, 2011 to make an OPRA request but was told that he needed to first schedule an appointment. In his letter, Schmidt pointed out that N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(e) provides citizens with "immediate access . . . to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts" and other records and that the district's policy of requiring people to first schedule an appointment unduly burdens that statutory right.
Starghill's and Schmidt's correspondence is on-line here. http://ogtf.lpcnj.org/2011195UO//GloucesterCityBOE.pdf
UP ON THE ROOF-Thermoseal Industries, LLC, located on Water Street, Gloucester City NJ, a full service Insulating glass and commercial refrigeration door company, has recently completed a 238kW roof mounted solar system. The Thermoseal system will displace approximately 190 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. This is equivalent to replacing 925 vehicles from the roads over the system's 25-year period. "Thermoseal Industries, LLC, is pleased to have completed this green initiative in 2011. We are excited to be dramatically-reducing our carbon-footprint while simultaneously enjoying the economic benefits of solar energy production. We look forward to several decades of clean, low-cost electricity production. We are proud to be one of the first commercial insulating glass companies in the U.S. to implement an environmentally-friendly energy strategy," said Thermoseal’s CEO, Rick Chubb.
This is the second business in Gloucester City to use solar roof panels to help cut energy cost and protect the environment. Last month Gloucester Marine Terminal, announced it was building a 1.1 million-square-foot project, a privately-funded $42 million venture that calls for the installation of 27,528 high-efficiency SunPower photovoltaic solar panels that will generate nine megawatts of electricity– or roughly enough to power 1,500 homes – at the Terminal, which is owned by the Holt family.
MORE TRASH CANS NEEDED-The sign at Martins Lake, reads...Dear Neighbors, Please help the Gloucester Lions Club keep this park "Litter Free". Deposit all trash in the receptacles. Thank you, Gloucester City Lions Club...problem though, there only two receptacles for the entire park.
The two trash cans at the Martin Lake Playground can be found on Sparks Avenue and on East Brown Street. Maybe an organization could donate money to buy new trash receptacles. Litter at this playground has been ongoing problem. Most will agree that if there were more receptacles this problem wouldn’t be as bad.