William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 2, 2021)--One of the areas Peyton likes to walk is behind Gloucester High School. This past Sunday, we were surprised to see the football field at the High School was nothing but piles of dirt and construction equipment. We were told by a school employee that an astroturf like field similar to the one at Market Street Middle School (see photo below ) is being installed. Terri Weeks, School Board Business Administrator/Board Secretary said the contract for the work, which totals $1,374,917 was approved by the Board at their December 8 meeting. A breakdown of that figure reveals $473,100 for the civil work for the high school track and field renovation project and $901,817 for Field Turf through the Educational Service Commission ESCNJ/AEPA - 20A for the Track and Turf field project.
The high school opened in 1961-62 and for the past 60 plus years, the field was all grass.
John Kenney, Facilities Director, said "the synthetic turf used today is not like the old astroturf. The turf is made up of synthetic fibers that look like grass. Very similar to the Middle School field at the new Elementary School on Market Street". According to Kenney Fibers are 2.25'' in height. "This height best accommodates field hockey, soccer, and football. Synthetic turf is a Field Turf product. The track is also being resurfaced as part of the project."
Because of the economic uncertainly locally and around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hoping that the school board and administration know what they are doing. We think they should be more stringent on how they are spending taxpayers' monies. Now more than ever residents need the school board and city council to look at ways to keep taxes from increasing, not increasing, especially since so many people are unemployed. The pandemic is also responsible for a number of businesses closing in the City.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the school board is spending your tax dollars frivolously? Or you don't care if your taxes increase, this is money well spent?
Sunday morning, January 31, as we walked past the businesses on Monmouth Street and north along Broadway, we couldn't help to notice the trash that some businesses and residents had placed at the curb for pickup on Monday morning. We have seen this before and have suggested that the City needs to issue citations to the people who continue to ignore the city ordinance pertaining to trash collection. Simply put that law stipulates that trash shouldn't be placed at the curb until after 5 PM the night before. And, it should be placed in containers with a lid. Because of the snowstorm trash collection, this week was delayed by one day. Thus, by the time the trash you see in these photos was picked up some of the waste was distributed up and down Broadway by the wind and animals.
If you are not going to enforce the trash ordinance then do away with it.
Sunday morning, January 31, a stack of boxes sits near the bus stop at Broadway and Market Street. In the second photo, a plastic trash bag sits at the curb in the 500 unit block of Monmouth Street.
The Train Station restaurant, 700 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City has been up for sale for some time. However, when we looked for the asking price we found the following. Chances are, that property is no longer on the market. Maybe it’s been sold, or perhaps the owners or the listing agent pulled it off the market temporarily or permanently.
HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY
Gloucester City Trash Collection week of February 1-5
Notice to Gloucester City residents regarding trash/recycling collections for the week of February 1 -5
The City of Gloucester City and its Trash Contractor Solterra have agreed to postpone collections by one day because of the snow.
The schedule for the upcoming week is as follows:
Monday (2/1/21) NO TRASH WILL BE COLLECTED
Tuesday (2/2/21) Trash will be collected on the west side of Railroad Avenue
Wednesday (2/3/21) Trash will be collected east of Railroad Avenue
Thursday (2/4/21) Recycling will be collected west of Railroad Avenue
Friday (2/5/21) Recycling will be collected east of Railroad Avenue
Any questions, contact Public Works Dept. at 856-456-0781, ext 301, between the hours of 7-3:30