By Sara Martino
Gloucester City News
Following the approval of temporary budget appropriations and transfers, Gloucester City Council introduced the $17,166,000 2012 Municipal Budget during last week’s meeting.
The budget will be advertised in summary form in the April 5 edition of the Gloucester City News, and there will be a public hearing during the April 26 Council meeting at 8 p.m. in City Hall, 313 Monmouth St.
When asked by a resident, Mayor William James said there will no property tax increases with the new budget.
A resolution was approved for an Interlocal Services agreement between Gloucester City and the Board of Education for the services of a resource police officer.
Costs will be shared between the two entities for the officer, who will be present when school is in session.
Council approved an agreement for the Salem County Improvement Authority to provide solid waste disposal services for the city.
Also, a resolution was approved authorizing an application to the New Jersey Open Space and Farmland Preservation fund in the amount of $25,000.
If approved by the state, the monies will be used to resurface the basketball and tennis courts at Johnson Boulevard and Nicholson Road.
Council approved the amount of $100 to establish a “Change Fund” for use at the city Marina.
A resident from the 400 block of Broadway asked if parking regulations could be changed on the street, as parking tickets are being given out to residents and causing problems for two handicap residents.
Councilman Daniel Spencer said that Broadway is a county road.
“We can make an appeal to the county to remedy the problems due to the sign situation,” he said.
Dave Townsend, president of the Gloucester City Historical Society, said there will be a museum meeting April 11.
“Several historical buildings are empty, and we would like to discuss what is to become of them,” he said.
Townsend also urged residents to attend and share what historical items or knowledge they may have at the meeting.