MICKLETON– At the East Greenwich Township Committee meeting on July 12, Mayor Dale Archer spoke about several new businesses that will be opening in the community in the Whiskey Mill Project, located at Whiskey Mill and Berkeley Roads in Clarksboro.
The newest small business to open in the Village is the Cinder Bar, a restaurant that uses a wood burning brick oven as its focal point. “Local restaurateur Bob Ciconte of Ciconte Pizza and the Village Pub teamed up with East Greenwich resident Tony Stavola to create the Cinder Bar,” explained Archer. “Tony is part owner of Savona-Stavola fine foods in West Deptford.”
Archer added that the Village of Whiskey Mill project is heading towards completion, and encouraged townspeople to recognize the other businesses in the development. “I welcome Power Train Fitness, Vivian’s Nail Salon, Little Gym and, coming soon, Inspira Urgent Care, and Death of the Fox Brewing Company,” the mayor announced. “Please come out and support all of our local businesses in town.”
The undeveloped Whiskey Mill property was once assessed as farmland and brought little tax revenue to East Greenwich. But the new development adds considerable commercial ratables to the community.
In resolutions, the Committee authorized the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-350 pickup truck. Archer noted that the vehicle would be used by the Public Works Department for duties such as plowing snow.
Another approved resolution authorized the purchase of a 2016 Nissan Frontier truck for Engineering. Archer noted that it was the first truck bought for the department in seven years.
Committeeman Stephen Bottiglieri mentioned that their old truck had become a safety hazard. “It was rusting through the floorboards and leaking,” Bottiglieri said.
Archer pointed out that money to pay for the vehicles was included in East Greenwich’s recently adopted municipal budget. The mayor credited Bottiglieri and Committeeman Richard Schober for putting together the budget, which called for no tax increase.
The East Greenwich Police Department will also be getting new vehicles. Chief Chris Everwine was given approval to purchase a 2014 Ford Interceptor SUV and a 2016 model. The two trucks would cost approximately $44,000.
In other business, the Committee adopted an ordinance that updated East Greenwich’s Master Plan to include a 2016 environmental resource inventory update and the 2016 tree assessment. The ordinance passed after a public hearing.
Another resolution passed that authorized the mayor to execute a revised Cooperation Agreement for 2017-2019 Community Development Block Grant re-qualification. Archer noted that this resolution related to shared services with Gloucester County.
Elsewhere, Bottiglieri said that East Greenwich will be talking to Woodbury looking to extend the current shared service agreement regarding the courts.
Also, the East Greenwich Fire Department is asking to hold an event in Thompson Park on Oct. 11. In Senior Services, Committeeman Robert Tice mentioned that the department was working hard on future senior events.
In Waste Management, Archer reported that an East Greenwich trash truck recently broke down, costing about $12,000 in repairs. “Anyone who thinks we made a mistake by not keeping our trash collection in-house is sadly mistaken,” commented the mayor.
By Robert Holt