Sunday, December 30, 2012

Council to Select Deputy Mayor, Professionals & Board Appointments at Reorganization Meeting

Galloway Township has posted the Agenda for their 2013 Reorganization Meeting. The Township will hold their meeting on Wednesday January 2, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  The Meeting will be held in Council Chambers located at 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. The agenda also lists Regular business to be held and voted on right after the Annual Reorganization Meeting. The Township advertised the meeting in the Press of Atlantic City, December 3, 2012. 

According to the Agenda, Council will nominate and select a new Deputy Mayor. Councilman Tony Coppola Jr., currently serves as the Deputy Mayor. That position is selected annually by a majority of Council. 

Mayor Don Purdy will serve his second year as Mayor. Purdy who previously served as Deputy Mayor in 2010 and 2011 under former Mayor Keith Hartman, was selected by Council in 2012 to serve as Mayor for two years ending December 31, 2013. previously reported and released the Diversified List of Professionals  that submitted Requests for Proposals in order to receive an appointment by Galloway Township Council. Positions such as Township Solicitor and Township Engineer are contracts that could potential yield a significant monetary gain to those selected.  In reports obtained through Open Public Records Requests, the Township Solicitor's position pays an average of $150,000 annually. Council in 2012 raised the budget line for Legal fees to $200,000. Between former Solicitor Michael Blee and current Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald, the Township paid approximately $115,000 in 2012. 

The Township's Engineer position depending on development and capital projects, could pay approximately $750,000. Some years according to reports, the Engineer could be paid just shy of a Million Dollars annually. Reports released by Township Clerk Thalia TC Kay on Friday, show Township Engineer Kevin Dixon being paid approximately $145,000. As the reported released is not in line with other reports we have obtained, we have asked the Township Clerk for a more definitive amount and reporting on those figures. We will update the article once we receive those figures.

The Agenda for the meeting is listed below. 

Reorg Council Mtg Agenda 1-2-13

Galloway Police Seek Female Suspect in CVS Armed Robbery

Galloway Township Police Press Release

Incident: Armed Robbery

Location: Smithville CVS, 1 S. New York Rd.

On 12/29/12 at 5:27pm a white female described as; approximately 5’00” tall, 120-140lbs, blonde shoulder length hair, black leather jacket, and black pants.  The female entered the store wearing a black mask covering her face and approached the Pharmacist at the Pharmacy.  
The female then held what was believed to be a handgun to the Pharmacist’s back and demanded money and prescription pills.  The Pharmacist then provided the female suspect with prescription pills, and she fled the store.

Officers from the Egg Harbor Twp Police Dept. and Stockton College Police Dept responded and assisted with maintaining a perimeter.  A K-9 officer from Egg Harbor Twp, along with his K-9 partner, conducted a track of the suspect to the area of Waterview Dr., where the track ended.

If anyone has any information regarding this crime please call the Galloway Twp. Police Dept at 609-652-3705.

Ptl. Magazzu and Det. Casey are investigating.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Legal Bills for October 2012 Decrease Significantly has obtained through an Open Public Records Request the Legal Bills for the Month of October 2012. October was the first month Special Labor Counsel Kimberly Procopio represented the Township in special litigation. Those invoices totaled $2,106.00, which pertain specifically to the Tilton v. Galloway Township litigation.

Other Legal bills released by the Township were those of Township Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's bills for this month decreased significantly since September 2012, netting only $5,062.04. The bulk of the legal work consisted of "General Matter's" with an expense of $3,137.24.

Although OPRA has always been a highlight, we anticipate the expense the Township has incurred reviewing OPRA Request will also significantly decrease each month going forward. Leaving only an expense in October of $1,020.30.

We have listed both Procopio and Fitzgerald's invoices below for public viewing.
Procopio Bills Oct 2012 Fitzgerald Oct 2012 Bills

Thursday, December 27, 2012

UPDATED: Launches a Municipal Contact List

UPDATED: Mayor and Council have been added to the Contact List has launched a new Service Tab labeled "Galloway Contact List."  The list was designed in order to provide the Township's Municipal Contact Information. We encourage everyone to visit the newly installed tab listed on our website. 

Municipal Telephone Numbers, Fax Numbers and a link to the Township's Website, including Police, Fire and Ambulance websites are also provided.

We will continue to update the site with the most current contact information in order to serve the Public.

Monday, December 24, 2012

K9 Officer Winneberger and K9 Partner Lycos Tracking of Burglary Suspect; Leads to Arrest

On December 20, 2012, at approximately 04:30 AM, the Galloway Police received a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress on the 700 block of Wood Lane in the Highlands section of the Township.    

The occupant of the house called and advised that someone was trying to gain entry to his residence.  The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival but was observed by neighbors on Gail Lane running from the area.  The victim and witnesses described the suspect as approximately 6 ft tall, dressed in dark clothing, wearing a hooded jacket and noting that the suspect’s pants had cargo pockets on them.  

It was also discovered that a Samsung 50” TV and an Xbox video game were taken from an enclosed porch area of the victim’s residence.  The property was later located outside and nearby the victim’s residence. 

Galloway K9 Officer Scott Winneberger and his K9 partner Lycos conducted a track of the suspect.  The track led from the victim’s residence through the neighborhood to a residence on the 700 block of Cheltenham Ave.

Upon making contact at the residence on Cheltenham, officers located a suspect who was approximately 6 foot, out of breath, sweating profusely, and who fit the clothing description.  The subject, identified as Ricardo Rodriguez, age 26 of the 700 block of Cheltenham was taken into custody for outstanding traffic warrants out of Egg Harbor Twp and was subsequently charged with Burglary/theft by Galloway Twp Police.  Bail was set by Municipal Court Judge Freed at $50,000 Cash bail for the Burglary/Theft.  Ricardo was lodged in the Atlantic County jail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident or related incidents can call Patrol Officer Steve Vernon or Detective Goehringer at 609-652-3705 Ext 320.

Press Release issued by Chief Patrick Moran.

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