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 Action News.
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.