NJ Township cuts work week to save money
Thursday, June 05, 2008 | 6:25 PM
By Cathy Gandolfo
GLOUCESTER TWP., N.J. - June 5, 2008 (WPVI) -- Beginning June 30th, the
Gloucester Twp. municipal building will be closed on Fridays in an effort
to save energy and streamline services. The public works building will
also be closed. ."
"We will save between 15 and 20% on our electric and gas bills for the
buildings that we will be shutting down," Mayor Cindy Rau-Hatton told
Gloucester Township has 150 vehicles, including police cars and public
works trucks and equipment. In less that a year, it's gasoline costs have
risen 28 percent and diesel 80 percent, plus state aid has been
drastically cut and there's a hiring freeze in effect.
The mayor says they're just trying to save as much as they can, but still
be efficient and provide the maximum service for the community. ."
Nancy Power in the Township Clerk's office said, "I feel it's much better
right now with the times that we have with gas prices, electric on in the
building. We're not really able to serve residents effectively because we
are short handed." The municipal building will be open from 8 a.m. until
5:45 p.m. But, residents will have to remember to conduct their business
Monday through Thursday.
"When I first moved here 17 years ago that's the way it was," resident
Charles Holmes told us. "I don't think it affected anybody. I don't see
any problem with it," he added.
Gloucester Twp. went to a 4 day work week to save energy back in the
1980's and early 90's, now it appears history is repeating itself.