By Sara Martino
Mayor William James administered the oath of office of Firefighter/EMT to Joseph Tuttle during last week’s Gloucester City Council meeting.
Wayne Bird Sr., absent, was approved as a volunteer firefighter. Both men were congratulated by the governing body.
Resolutions were approved for various budget transfers commonly occurring at the end of the year.
Minor adjustments were made to tax records, and refunds to the Planning and Zoning Board accounts were approved.
A professional services contract with John Milner Associates, Inc. was approved for the continuation of a Historic Culture Survey needed for future improvements to the waterfront area.
A renewal for a 2009-2010 plenary retail consumption license for Pat and Jack’s Tavern was approved.
A lien in the amount of $3700 was redeemed for property noted as Block 37, Lot 1 for expenses incurred by the City for upkeep of the property such as cutting high grass and weeds.
Council approved a state contract for purchase of a 2009 Ford pickup truck for the Gloucester City Public Works Department in the amount of $25,000.
A bond ordinance for funding for the replacement of the water treatment plant was tabled for further discussion.
On second reading and open public hearing, provision was passed for the reconstruction of various streets in the City. The sum of $75,000 was appropriated from capital improvement fund for the streets project.
In the public forum, residents reported that cars are being damaged by youths running keys along the car body, loud noises from neighbors, and thefts of Christmas decorations.
Mayor James said the city is aware of the problems and police surveillance will be stepped up.