MICKLETON — The East Greenwich Township Committee accepted the application for their third warehouse facility in less than a year during their meeting on Sept. 24 by adopting an ordinance that would approve the application for long term tax exemption and financial agreement with Democrat Road Industrial Properties Urban Renewal LLC for a commercial distribution warehouse.
East Greenwich Mayor Dale Archer said, “The best part is that we still have more to come.”
Previously the Committee authorized a pilot program agreement with Harmony AP Urban Renewal LLC at a June meeting. They approved a deal with Huff Lane AP Urban Renewal for a warehouse in August.
Archer estimates that with further development, East Greenwich can gain more than $400,000 on average over 30 years. He says the township has a limited infrastructure, and would see over $100,000 in permit, inspection and connection fees.
In other action items, the Committee approved an ordinance that would allow multi-way stop sign intersections at Curtmantle Road and Castletown Drive at Kings Gate East. The area had been having speeding problems, according to Archer.
A resolution was also approved that would insert special revenue in the budget for the 2019 Click It or Ticket grant. That had come out of a grant from New Jersey. They also adopted a resolution allowing the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Fiscal Grant Cycle from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Another adopted resolution accepted the retirement of East Greenwich Township Chief of Police Anthony Francesco, while another bill accepted an Employment Separation Agreement between Francesco and East Greenwich Township. Then the Committee authorized to publish to hire a new Chief of Police.
Also, a resolution confirmed the mayor’s appointment of Elaine O’Brien and Joe O’Brien to the Commission on Senior Services. Earlier in the meeting, Marla Ganglion was appointed as the township solicitor, replacing the departing Mark Shoemaker. Shoemaker was recently selected as a New Jersey judge.
In other news, Cecil Creek Farms of East Greenwich has been recognized in the Farm to School Recognition Program. Deputy Mayor Jim Philbin was given a tour of the facility. Farm to School programs help teach children about agriculture and how to grow their own foods, and to eat healthy with fruits and vegetables.
Archer also mentioned that the township’s well number 3 was going to be prepared. “That’s got to be fixed,” Archer said. We had to borrow $2.4 million at a short interest rate.” The well had shown a trace of a contaminant upon testing.
by Robert Holt