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CNB Tips and Snippets: Why So Secretive? Special Board Meeting Canceled; Ugly Building Gone

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-A few weeks ago we discovered that the City of 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01b7c731d077970b
Gloucester has a special water rate for senior citizens age 65 and older. In fact, we learned that this reduction, 50 percent off the minimum usage rate, has been available for some time. 

When we asked a city worker where we could obtain an application we were told they were available at the tax office. We stopped on Thursday, January 14, but the tax office was closed because of the tax sale that day. The same day we asked the clerk for the application at the municipal office and she said we  could only obtain one at the tax office (which was closed).  Why the application isn’t accessible at  the clerk’s office or online is a mystery. You would think too it would be mailed out annually to the residents with the yearly tax bills.

Ordinance 90-32-Reduced water rents for certain persons over 65 years of age. When any dwelling unit is owned and occupied by a person or persons who is or are over 65 years of age and who are not gainfully employed and are the sole support of themselves, then in such instances the minimum charge for water per quarter shall be at the rate of 1/2 the regular minimum charge, provided that the section shall not apply to the charge made for water used over the allowance gallonage per quarter. See more 

Today, we were able to obtain the application. We have posted it on our website for anyone who is interested in filing the form.  Go here

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING CHANGED: The Gloucester City Board of Education Special Meeting scheduled for Wednesday,  January 27, 2016, has been cancelled and rescheduled for Monday, February 1, 2016.  We asked School Board Administrator Margaret McDonnell where we could find the announcement for the meeting change and she directed us to the district’s website.  


When we told McDonnell that there was a problem with the district’s website she directed us to Janet Kauffmann, Director of Technology for Gloucester City Public Schools. Kauffman said via email, “We are in the process of transitioning to a new web host today and the link you hit is the transitional one that should only be up for a short time. Once they clear all the security checks, you will be able to access the site without the log-in prompt. I'm really excited that we will have our new web presence available today.”

Last week when we asked to be added to the email list of people who received notices of special board meetings McDonnell said, “The office Administrative Assistant, who sends out meeting notices to the official newspapers, said she will only send to the Gloucester City News  and the Courier Post as approved by the BOE.” See more

The purpose of the request was to keep the public informed.

When this article was posted tonight the district’s website was still not working. Also, there was nothing posted on the district's Facebook page about the special meeting being changed.


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AT LONG LAST—The dilapidated building at 1610 Market Street, Gloucester City has finally 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01b8d16e8689970c-800wibeen demolished. The property has been in disrepair for over a decade if not longer. At one time is was known as Adams Market/Deli. In 2008, the property was purchased by the Knights of Columbus Epiphany Council#3485. They filed for a D and Use Variance that year but was denied by the City Planning Board.

At that 2008 meeting many Board members and residents expressed concern about parking, as well as the fact that the area is all residential. See more

In the fall of this year, the property was purchased from the Knights by Bill Hargrove. Today the new owner tore the old building down.  See more

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