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Heard on the Street; A South Port Mystery: Windy in Paulsboro; Proprietors Park Playground Upgrade...Maybe

THE snippet regarding Southport has been updated

 

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

 

HEARD ON THE STREET—Recently we heard a rumor about Gloucester City School Superintendent Sean Gorman. Supposedly Gorman was going to be appointed to the position of the high school principal, and continue to serve the district as its superintendent. His salary for managing both jobs would be $265,000. Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 17.36.03

Teri Weeks, School Business Administrator, was asked if there was any truth to the gossip. “At this time Mr. Gorman’s contract is not being re-negotiated. This sounds like the rumor mill has gone wild!"

Gorman, who was the former high school principal, was named to his present position on July 1, 2021, at a starting salary of $165,000. Over the life of the three-year contract, Gorman's salary will increase by $10,100 or to $175,100 in 2025, the final year. 

In the local municipal government having one person do two high profile jobs is not that far-fetched. A decade or so ago Municipal Clerk Paul Kain also served as City Administrator. But that practice ended after a new mayor was elected. Supposedly the city missed out on several federal and state grants when Kain was doing both jobs because the applications were filed late. Presently Brian Morrell is doing double duty, not only is he the city police chief but he also is the acting city administrator. Morrell, who was appointed just until a new administrator could be hired, has held the position now for two years. He is being paid $200,000 for both jobs.  

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This year’s new inductees to the Gloucester High’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame are Arlene Baker, Class of 1969, and Vince Kuczynski, Class of 1966. Their names were announced at the recent GHS Academic Night.  

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NEW NAME FOR THE TRAIN STATION CAFE

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The building that housed the Train Station restaurant, at Monmouth Street and the railroad (mailing address 700 Monmouth) has a new owner. The building will now be the home of the Train Station Latin Café. The second-floor apartment on top of the building will be used as a single-family residence in addition to its current use as a restaurant (preexisting non-conforming use). The property has been up for sale for about five years. The asking price at first was $450,000. Records show it sold for $125,000. 

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NEW TENANT FOR THE SOUTHPORT AREA?

 

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A new 10-foot-high cyclone fence and guard shack have been erected on the vacant ground at the intersection of Charles and Water Streets in the Southport Development area...  New trees have also been planted at the site. 

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On the Water Street side of the property, the new fence continues and more trees were planted. In between the trees are concrete blocks, for what purpose is not known. 

 

SOME ACTIVITY IN SOUTHPORT—We noticed landscape work being done in the Southport area at the intersection of Charles and Water Streets. The property is vacant now but decades ago it held a diner, a taproom (The Water Street Grill) with the scale house for the GAF Roofing Plant. The property was also used to store stacks of logs, plus large bundles of scrap paper and cardboard that GAF used in the process of making roofing materials. As youngsters, and teenagers we would play on the logs and hunt the back part of the ground which we called "The Desert." Today, you may see a deer eating grass in the fields.  

A new cyclone fence encompasses the acreage, plus trees have been planted on the outskirts of the grounds going from the railroad tracks on Charles Street to Water Street and back to the old New Jersey Zinc/Gulf and Western industrial plant. Every so many feet there are concrete barriers placed against the 10-foot cyclone fence.  The former GAF warehouse on Water Street has been rebuilt.

We asked Bill Ackley if anyone was moving into the site. "The property owner has installed UCC and Zoning Department approved fencing. Meaning the fencing that has been installed has been approved by the UCC aka construction department and zoning.The owner has also cleaned up and landscaped the property. I have had discussions with the property owner's agent regarding the property's use, but no final determination has been made. I have not received an application for a certificate of occupancy."

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WHY DIDN'T THEY BUILD THIS IN GLOUCESTER CITY?

 

Paulsboro-Marine-Terminalarchitect drawing of the Paulsboro Marine Terminal (https://www.stantec.com/)

 

MAJOR WATERFRONT CONSTRUCTION IN PAULSBORO —Eight miles south of Gloucester City, in the borough of Paulsboro, two new steel plants are being built on the shoreline of the Delaware River. According to Mayor Gary Stevenson, the plants will be used to fabricate giant mono-piles for a planned offshore wind turbine network. Stevenson said the plants are expected to be finished before the end of 2022. 

 

The South Jersey Port facility will hire over 500 people, according to Stevenson. The mayor told the Courier Post that an employee training program will be announced soon. The program will involve Rowan University and Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Deptford Township, he said.   

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source https://www.greentechmedia.com/

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$250,000 Improvements for Proprietors Park Playground...Maybe...

 

GLOUCESTER CITY MAYOR/COUNCIL CAUCUS-At the May 19 meeting held in council chambers, 313 Monmouth Street, the governing body discussed several resolutions.

They included an adjustment to the taxes on 21 properties because the computer over-estimated the billing. The adjustments ranged from a low of $32.50 to a high of $1,126. A resolution authorizing an application for a grant for $250,000, with a municipal match of $29,000, to be used for improvement to the Proprietors Park playground. 

 

Because the Tax Collector will not be able to prepare to complete the mailing and delivery of the municipal tax bills by June 30, 2022, a resolution authorizing the Tax Collector to compute an estimated annual tax levy using the multiplier of 1.05 of the previous calendar fiscal year.  A resolution to apply for a state grant for $15,000 for Wayfinding Signage located at the gateway areas to the business district. A resolution authorizing an application to apply to the state for a $150,000 grant for commercial property owners in the City.

 

An ordinance of second reading designating Center Street a one-way from Eight Street to Broadway was approved. An ordinance on second reading designating the salary of the senior garage attendant from a minimum of $62,000 to a high of $69,000 was approved. 

 

The following correspondence was received by the council; 

  • Requesting permission to hold the Cpl. Marc Ryan Memorial Run/Walk on November 12.

 

  • A request from Spotlight Sports to host a wrestling event on June 11 from 1 PM to 6 PM at Freedom Pier (the former Coast Guard Base)

 

  • A request from Bob Bevan, to host the Old Goats Car Club show on October 8 from 10 AM to 2 PM on South King Street. 

 

An ordinance amending the annual salaries ordinance for the period of January 1 through December 31 will be up for approval (see below) on the first reading at the May 26 regular council meeting with a second reading and a public hearing set for June 23. 

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JUST FOR LAUGHS--Some of the youngsters playing Tee-Ball are oblivious to the world around them and just let themselves go. Take a peek at this video and you'll see what we are talking about. 

 

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