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West Deptford Enters into Economic Development Partnership with Gloucester County Improvement Authority

Mayor DiCarlo and the Township Committee recently voted to enter into an economic development partnership with the Gloucester County Improvement Authority.

From the Gloucester County Online story:

“West Deptford has a lot to offer to new entrepreneurs and businesses,” said GCIA Chairman Charles Fentress. “By partnering with the GCIA, West Deptford will be able to take full advantage of our staff’s expertise and our relationships with state and regional marketing forces.”

“The long-term financial health of West Deptford is dependent on our success in attracting new businesses while helping our existing corporate citizens become more competitive and profitable,” said Mayor Denice DiCarlo. Partnering with the GCIA, she said, will allow the township to take advantage of staff expertise, marketing tools and redevelopment know-how, “without spending local tax dollars.”

Read more: at Gloucester County Online and at The Courier Post

Mayor DiCarlo secures private funds to gain bipartisan support for critical repairs to Union Field

After republicans blocked the critical safety repairs to West Deptford’s Union Field baseball facility Mayor Denice DiCarlo did not lament.  Instead she took action, securing $25,000 in private donations with another $15,000 possibly on the way.  The effort was enough to win the support of the two republican committee members and the vote was able to proceed as a result of Mayor DiCarlo’s bipartisan efforts.

Read more: at the South Jersey Times

West Deptford and National Park reach agreement to share Police Services

Recently the National Park borough council voted to accept a bid by West Deptford for Police Services.  The proposal is for a five-year contract which would bring $535,000 of revenue into West Deptford in 2016 with the amount increasing to $579,102 a year by 2020. Under the yet to be finalized agreement, West Deptford would take over National Park patrols on Jan. 1, 2016.

From the Courier Post article: ‘The partnership “makes sense,” said West Deptford Deputy Mayor James Mehaffey, the township’s former police chief, who expects his township to hire two officers.

National Park is surrounded by West Deptford on three sides. The township’s police force often assists Westville police responding in the 1.4-square-mile borough.

“We’re at some calls before they were. We’re a large department,” Mehaffey said. “It’s a savings for the residents of National park. It will be a savings for the residents of West Deptford.”’

Read more: at the Courier Post