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By Sara Martino

Gloucester City News

Gloucester City Council approved an ordinance on first reading during last week’s meeting extending Sunday hours for bars and restaurants from noon to 2 a.m. Monday.

The second reading and public hearing on the ordinance will be at the City Council meeting Tuesday, December 20.

The referendum to extend the hours had been approved by a majority of voters during the General Election November 8, and the ordinance will take effect immediately upon final adoption.

Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) President Bob Booth was in attendance at the Council meeting.

Mayor William James recognized Booth for his efforts on behalf of the GCBA and local businesses, and pointed out that now local restaurants and bars will be able to compete with surrounding towns.

“Don’t Turn The Lights Off At Halftime,” was the mantra that the business owners had used.

“Why should our establishments have to close early on Sundays and allow customers to go to other towns to watch the sports games?” Booth had asked at a previous meeting.

  The sale hours will now include 12 noon Sunday until 2 am on Monday.

  Councilman Daniel Spen-cer acknowledged a question pertaining to the Brooklawn to Gloucester bridge repair on Broadway.

  “A contract to repair the bridge was awarded at the last Freeholder meeting,” he said.

  City Administrator Jack Lipsett said the work is expected to begin in December.

  Mayor James has had pictures taken of other bridge repairs that the County has previously worked on to see how the repairs are conducted.

  Councilman Nicholas Marchese said sidewalks will also be a part of the re-construction.

  The entire bridge area will not be closed down. It is expected repairs will be completed one half side at a time.

  A resolution was approved that supports the Southport Redevelopment area consisting of 140 acres of various sites.

  The governing body confirmed that the City is supportive of Develcom’s redevelopment plans that would remediate portions of the area and to install and operate a Solar Facility on any and all of city-owned property across Water Street from the CCMUA’s pumping station.

 According to the resolution, the existing area is bordered by Water Street, Charles Street, Sinsman Avenue, Jersey Avenue, Broadway, the Big Timber Creek and the Delaware River.

  Certain portions of the area were tainted by prior industrial use, including but not limited to portions that contain titanium.

  “We still have along way to go,” said City Solicitor John Kearney following the show of support for the Solar Energy Generation resolution.

  City Council approved a low bid of $73,000 for work to be completed at the Chestnut Street Pumping Station.

  City Engineers Remington and Vernick estimated the total cost to be more than $200,000.

  Councilman Marchese suggested that all the bids be checked for compliance to the requirements of the job.

  Councilman Daniel Spencer thanked everyone for the prayers and well wishes that he received during a recent illness.




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