Monthly Archives: March 2017

Riverwinds Advisory Committee to be repealed by Current Administration: APRIL 5th, 2017

According to the minutes of the Township’s meeting on March 15th, Chapter 58 of the Township Code, is to be repealed on April 5th, when the second reading and final vote for this action is scheduled to take place.

Why should this concern the residents?

Riverwinds Advisory Committee was proposed in 2012 and approved in early 2013, so as “to improving the operations and financial status of the RiverWinds Community Center. ” (Chapter 58.1.A).
http://clerkshq.com/default.ashx?clientsite=WestDeptford-nj

The committee, appointed by the Mayor, consisted of a wide range of residents, from business acumen, marketing experience, to legal background that would perform the duties in order to provide an oversight and a transparency to the operation of the center in a cost effective manner.

Prior to the creation of the RAC, Riverwinds Community Center, besides the initial cost the every homeowner continually bears in taxation from the original bonding and debt, ran in the red, thereby costing residents an additional amount of money needed from tax revenue. By 2014, reportedly by the administration, RCC was operating in the black, or at least, argumentatively, better than it has ever been when operating costs were over quarter million dollars in the red.

So, why is Mayor DiCarlo and her team repealing it? Lack of recent meetings or lack of interest by committee members? Or is it that the current administration never did like it, especially the function of the RAC and the additional eyes, ears, and mouths that provide transparency to how our township appropriates and spends our money.

YOU DECIDE!
April 5th voice your concerns

LIVING HEALTHY IN GLOUCESTER COUNTY

For What It’s Worth….Interesting Look at Living Healthy in NJ.

How does Gloucester County Stand Up?

According to a report filed by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gloucester County ranks 14th out of the 21 counties, with Hunterdon County is the healthiest at No. 1 and Cumberland County is ranked at 21st.

http://www.nj.com/…/where_do_the_healthiest_people_in_nj_li…

How are you feeling today?
Healthy as the 14th or better?

Do You Hear an Increase in School Taxation?

On Feb 23, on the Democrat side, Senate President Sweeney conducted a short forum on the school funding issue and how it applies to West Deptford. Of course, WD is being shortchanged by $2.7 million, receiving only 84% out of the school formula. Less than 50 people, including those at dais, were in attendance. Reason why? Meeting was scheduled to convene at 430p. Where are the vast majority of WD residents at that time? Working?

You should care. First the education of our children is important. Secondly, your property tax is comprised of 47% going to school budget’

And, on the Republican side, Governor Christie’s budget reveals no increase in school funding. WD is listed at #115 receiving $12.1, which is a 0.00%. Oh, by the way, WD teachers are in negotiations for increase in benes, compensation.

http://patch.com/new-jersey/westdeptford/s/g1snb/n-j-school-districts-getting-most-least-money-in-christie-budget?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=schools&utm_campaign=alert

Bad News Good News

Let’s get the BAD NEWS out of the way first.

According to recent review of home prices in the Philly Metro market, WD has seen a 23% decline from 2015-2016 , whereas Gloucester County has seen a 17% decline in the last ten years.

 

http://www.philly.com/…/As-Philly-housing-market-forges-ahe…

The report did not specify the cause of decline in WD.
Increase in distressed properties?
Local tax increase of over 10% for the last 2 years (2015-2016)?

On to the GOOD NEWS….THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED in West Deptford

Now, that depends on one’s viewpoint: if you are a lover of nature, a bird watcher, that may be good news to those who observe bald eagles nesting in the proximity of the Riverwinds Community Center.

However, for the Township administration, the proximity of the nest to the outdoor auditorium, where many activities are performed, such as concerts, fireworks, the nest may be bad news. Under the Federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Bald Eagles Management Guidelines defines “disturb”: Seasonal restrictions can prevent the potential impacts of many shorter-term, obtrusive activities that do not entail landscape alterations (e.g. fireworks, outdoor concerts) ( p.10, https://www.fws.gov/…/NationalBaldEagleManagementGuidelines…)

Buffer area is recommended at 660 ft.

https://www.fws.gov/southeast/es/baldeagle/bgepa.html
https://www.fws.gov/…/eagleguideli…/constructionnesting.html

Let’s hope our Township administration take precautions to protect the West Deptford Eagles.