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Safe Routes to School Program A Possibility in Gloucester City

By Sara Martino

Gloucester City News

  Gloucester City Council listened by a presentation by Engineer Paul Kelley of Remington and Vernick regarding the “Safe Routes to School Program” during its November 7 work session meeting in City Hall.

  “There is money available from the state to establish a safe route within two miles of schools and it is worth the time and effort to seek the grant monies,” Kelley said.

  School officials were also approached about the program.

  The possibility to include Cumberland and Atlantic streets that are on the way for most students to walk to school will be pursued by the engineers.

  It is estimated that it will cost $1,500 to $1,800 to apply for the grant and for submission to the state.

  Kelley also reported on seven road repair programs that were completed, a change order for a few extra tons of cement for a contract with Gres Paving Co., Inc., and on the continuation of work on the water tower.

  “The exterior of the work is completed and the interior of the tank is now being sand-blasted,” the engineer said.

  Board Solicitor John Kearney said a punch list for work at the Meadowbrook Development is still needed and escrow monies should be forthcoming from the developers.

  Proper grading is still needed and transformers that were placed on some of the properties created problems.

  “Some residents are experiencing hardships with the work so far,” Councilman Nicholas Marchese said.

  One problem was that rock salt placed on the curbs and sidewalks chewed up the concrete.

  City Council approved a low quote of $12,500 for the removal of playground equipment at St. Mary’s School. Any damage to concrete during the removal will be tidied up after the removal.

  A capital improvement ordinance providing for improvements to the City Clerk’s office was approved in the amount of $6,000.

  Once completed the front area of the office will be re-vamped and the window area will be in accordance with the American Disabilities Act.

  As part of the Public Works report, it was mentioned that several men were caught stealing copper from the Chatham Square Apartments. Also, a tree cutting schedule is being discussed.

  Supervisor Steve Cianchetti said that television sets, radios and other electronic devices must be separated from regular trash and be considered as recycled material.

  “We can pick up heavy TV’s, etc. for senior citizens if they would call the municipal building,” he said.

  Gloucester City receives a credit for recycled materials, and it also means a lesser amount of trash going to the incinerator.

  Councilman Daniel Spencer was absent from the meeting as he is recuperating from an operation.

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