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Gloucester City’s Bond/Loan Debt Totals $30.1 Million, Landlords Lose Rental License, Et Cetera TIPS AND SNIPPETS


by Bill Cleary


Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed two bond ordinances at the May 24 Rds_news meeting, one in the amount of $716,000 and the other in the amount of $182,000 for a total of $898,000. 


The money from the first bond will be used for the reconstruction and resurfacing of various streets ($175,000), replacement of windows in various municipal buildings ($70,000), to purchase a sports utility vehicle ($35,000) for the fire department, building improvements to the Police Administration Building ($90,000), computer equipment for the Housing Department ($25,000), equipment for the Public Works Dept., such as dump truck with plow and spreader, a pick-up truck with plow and leaf collector ($206,000), holiday decorations ($35,000), new windows and doors at the Library ($50,000) and computer equipment for the Library ($30,000).


The money from the second bond will be used by the Water/Sewer Department for the replacement of water valves at various locations throughout the City ( $37,000), improvements to gravity sewers ($65,000), buying a dump truck with plow and brine system and a bypass pump and hose for the Water Department ($80,800). 


On January 19, 2012 the City floated a $5 million bond that was used to pay off a loan from the Camden County Improvement Authority who purchased the Amspec property in 2007 for the City. 


CNBNews reported in September 2011 that the City of Gloucester City was carrying a total debt of $24,266,276 in bonds and loans.    Add to that number the $5 million borrowed in January along with $898,000 appropriated in May and the total debt currently owed by taxpayers is $30,164,276. 


SIX LANDLORDS LOSE LICENSE-At the May 24 meeting Mayor and Council voted to revoke the rental license of six property owners for violation of the City’s housing ordinance. Earlier this year the City updated its housing ordinance listed under Chapter 55 of the Code of the City of Gloucester City. As a result a landlord can now lose their privilege to rent the property if it is determined the rental has become a nuisance. Five other landlords had their licenses revoked at the March Council meeting.


The most recent list of landlords to lose their license includes: 

  •  Yitchok Blonder, unit block of North Stinson Ave. and the 800 unit block of Bergen St.
  •  Peter Verling, 200 unit block of North King St.
  •  Robert Grimley, 400 unit block of Cumberland St.
  •  Jeffrey Moore, 200 unit block of N. Broadway  
  •  Steve Wentzel, 500 unit block of Bergen St.
  •  Lombardo Real Estate Ventures unit block of E. Thompson Ave.

City records list a total number of rentals at 1,946 (includes commercial, senior housing, trailer park, motels).


How many housing units are there in Gloucester City depends on what source you use.  The 2000 census says 4604 housing units but the NJ Tax search engine says there are  3,678 residential properties (1 to 4 family), 267 commercial properties, 231 vacant lots, 27 industrial, 153 public properties.   


Et Cetera-Gloucester City Council approved the liquor license transfer issued to Heavy’s on the Harbor, 200 Jersey Ave., to Alissa Fine, trading as The Whiskey Barrell LLC, operating at the same premise. The property has been up for sale for approximately two years. Asking price was $595,000.  Oh’Hara’s Tavern,  32 S. King Street closed its door a month ago. That liquor license will be up for auction sometime this month. 


Rams Alumni News-Robert T. Zimmerman, Class of ’84, has been employed by the Pitman Police Department for the past 22 years, and was recently promoted to Chief of Police. Bob resides in Mantua Township with his wife, Diane, and daughters, Brittany and Ashley. He also serves on the Mantua Township Committee as an elected member of the governing body. Patrice Allison Chambers, Class of ’87, was honored with Teacher of the Year Award from the VFW in West Deptford. Patrice worked with the West Deptford Middle School 7th graders and choir to creat a tribute DVD for the veterans. source Ramblings spring 2012 issue



MAYBE JUST MAYBE THIS TIME-The architect sketch of the new restaurant proposed for Freedom Pier in Gloucester City is on display at the front of the pier, King and Cumberland Streets. If everything goes according to plan the date for opening of the restaurant is summer 2013. (photo by




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