Mayor Jim Maley's Blog
By now you must be tired of all the doom and gloom accounts of budgets at every level of government, so I am not going to belabor the local budget issues we face for 2010. There is one number that says it all for me.
There have been a number of news reports about Camden County's move to privatize the county Jail. This would mean the layoff of hundreds of Corrections officers. There has been considerable protest by the union representing the officers. There are numerous issues the County freeholders are considering as they consider these decisions.
We hope this past Holiday weekend was filled with the warmth of family and friends. The Tree Lighting and Parade were extraordinarily well attended in beautiful weather. It was spirited and great fun.
The American Planning Association names approximately 30 neighborhoods, streets and cities as "Great Places" for their flagship program celebrating places of exemplary character, quality, and planning.
Last Friday, we lost one of our Dads. Doug Willey died suddenly and much too young. He was a friend. His passing is a terrible loss for his family - and for our community.
Colls TV is in full gear with a dedicated, talented group of volunteers making high quality, fun, informative TV programs for our local access channels - Channel 19 on Comcast and 44on Verizon.
As we continue with the LumberYard project, there will be new neighbors moving into the new building along Atlantic Avenue in October. These are the first residents of the new building.
At our last Town Forum, we were asked what we are doing to ensure we get a share of the stimulus money we have all read about. Well turns out the stimulus hasn't worked quite like we were told.
We had an unfortunate crime occur in town that was solved the same day it occurred because of great police work assisted by an attentive resident. 1st Colonial National Bank was robbed on a Friday. As the robber fled the bank and ran up the street, a resident saw him, thought it suspicious because he jumped into the trunk of a waiting car that then sped away. This resident jotted down 4 digits of the Florida license plate.
As we continue along the process to explore redevelopment of the parking lots at the Speedline station, we've reached another milestone. Over the last year, the Borough and the DRPA issued "Requests for Qualifications" where we asked firms interested in the project to submit their team's qualifications. We received 15 responses. From that list, we selected 6 firms to provide conceptual proposals.