By Sara Martino
Gloucester City News
It is a problem that has festered for years, the floods at the Brooklawn Circle every time it rains.
Vehicles have gotten stuck in the water, especially under the railroad bridge, and traffic has backed up on Route 130 and Route 45, by the second circle near Verchio’s Produce.
But 2013 is a new year, and State Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) said the problem will be addressed during the January 2nd Brooklawn Borough Council reorganization meeting.
“We will do something about the flooding at the Brooklawn circle,” Sen. Norcross promised those in attendance.
He also said that people should keep those affected by Hurricane Sandy in their thoughts.
The senator officiated in the swearing in ceremony for Councilman Patrick MacAdams.
Councilwoman Julie McCleary received her oath of office from Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard.
Camden County Sheriff Chuck Billingham gave the oath of office to Councilman James Meehan, who is replacing Councilman Tom MacAdams.
MacAdam’s last official council meeting was on December 17.
Mayor Theresa Branella mentioned that Mr. MacAdams had once served on Borough Council, stepped down for a while, and then returned to serve again.
“He has many years of service to the borough ever since 1989,” Branella said.
“Tommy was instrumental in getting me involved. Thank you for all the help, support and love you have given me. I give you my heartfelt thanks for all that you have done,” the mayor said.
“I would like to congratulate Tom for his service. Seven years ago Tommy came to me at the bowling alley and pointed me here,” said Ryan Giles, who is now the borough clerk as well as a former Councilmember.
Councilman Michael Mevoli said he grew up knowing Tom MacAdams, and he has done a good job all these years.
All members of Council had good comments about MacAdams.
Greg Gilbert thanked him for his help. Jerry” Skip” Granstrom mentioned how he was welcomed and helped by MacAdams when Granstron first began serving on the council. Julie McCleary thanked him also.
Councilman Mevoli was elected as Council President. Resolutions were approved by title only that included the third Monday of the month meeting dates for borough council, adoption of 2013 by-laws and official newspapers for the borough (Gloucester City News and the Courier Post).
Timothy Higgins was appointed as borough solicitor, Michael J. Ward as planning board solicitor, Kei Associates as borough engineers, and Bowman and Company as the borough auditors.
Other appointments and offices needed for the running of the municipality were also approved by Mayor and Council.