By Sara Martino
Gloucester City News
Mayor Theresa Branella officially welcomed former Councilman Thomas MacAdams back to his seat on Brooklawn Borough Council during the December meeting.
MacAdams, who had retired earlier this year due to illness, was sworn in by the mayor and then took part in the meeting.
A letter of resignation from Councilman Ryan Giles was presented to Council members during the December work session.
According to the election process, three names are selected by the party to replace the out-going member, in this case the Democratic Party. Mayor and Council chose MacAdams to fill the un-expired term.
“Tom has always been an asset to the Borough,” the mayor said as she welcomed him back.
Council also accepted two resignations from the Board of Health. Pamela Jenkinson, who had served as a volunteer for 14 years on the Board, and Tracy Labbree were praised for all their good work.
Council approved an ordinance on second reading that requires the submission of a “Financial Disclosure Statement,” in a timely fashion, by all persons appointed by the Mayor or by the Borough Council.
John Schmidt of Gloucester City, at a previous meeting, had inquired on the status of appointees regarding the submission of the statement not only in Brooklawn but in several surrounding communities.
According to the ordinance, if any member fails to comply with the filing their position may be vacated. Some exceptions may be made for Civil Service positions.
Schmidt noted that he thought Brooklawn was one of the first municipalities to have the ordinance on the books.
Fire Official Carl Thomas reported that inspections are on-going in the 301, 401 and 501 Browning Apartment Buildings.
A petition from a resident had been sent to the borough complaining about the conditions of the apartments.
There are Board of Health issues, and the mayor said during a work session that there should not by any certificates of occupancy issues until violations are cleared.