March 3, 1999 |
A showdown between a grassroots organization and the City of Camden over the $215 million contract to privatize the city's water and sewer services has been scheduled for May 22 in Superior Court, attorneys said yesterday. The hearing on two opposing motions for summary judgment will be held before Judge Francis J. Orlando, the attorneys said. Meanwhile, a Camden councilman said he plans a showdown of a different sort over the deal next week, when he intends to introduce an ordinance to rescind the 20-year contract.
August 5, 1998 |
Three top Milan administration officials have resigned recently, creating key vacancies in the city's legal department and at the helm of the city's Department of Utilities as the city tries to privatize its water service. Senior assistant city attorney Dennis Kille, a fixture in city government for nearly two decades, submitted his resignation Monday, becoming the second lawyer to announce that he was leaving that office in the last week. Assistant city attorney Calvin Fisher abruptly resigned on Friday without explanation.
May 27, 1998 |
Mayor Milton Milan has named a new acting director to head the city's troubled Department of Utilities - the second person to be named in the last two weeks. James Reynolds, the former assistant business administrator for the city, will oversee the Utilities Department's transition toward partial privatization, city officials said yesterday. William Heller, a retired engineer with the city, was named two weeks ago to head the 110-employee agency, which operates the city's water and sewer systems and street lights, but withdrew his acceptance early last week, citing personal reasons.
April 30, 1998 |
One month after his comments about homosexuality sparked a national controversy, Green Bay Packers star Reggie White is scheduled to speak tonight at a rally in Michigan against a city ordinance that bans discrimination against gays and lesbians, a rally organizer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday. The Rev. Levon Yuille, pastor of the Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Mich., said White was invited to speak after organizers heard about his speech in March to Wisconsin state legislators.
February 19, 1997 |
The Committee to Recall James Whelan from the Office of Mayor has come up short - way short, the City Clerk's Office determined yesterday. Short as in, 4,271 signatures - the number needed to force a special mayoral election. That's right. City Clerk Benjamin R. Fitzgerald determined that none of the signatures collected by the recall committee was valid because, Fitzgerald said, eight of the 35 people who circulated the petitions were not registered voters. That means that none of the collected signatures can be counted, Fitzgerald said.
January 10, 1997 |
City Clerk James M. Reynolds must appear in Municipal Court on Feb. 21 to face a charge of simple assault filed by a political adversary, Deborah Polk, an assistant city business administrator. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, Polk alleged that Reynolds attempted to cause bodily injury to her by using both of his hands to push her right shoulder during the City Council's caucus on Tuesday. "I had heels on and fell back," and Reynolds "also did use profanity towards me," Polk said in the complaint.
October 3, 1996 |
Francis "Frank" J. Quigley Jr., 87, who served as Ventnor city clerk in the 1960s and '70s and was active in many area civic endeavors, died Monday in Greenbriar East Nursing Home in Deptford. A Deptford resident the last six years, he previously lived in Ventnor for 50 years. Mr. Quigley was elected to the Ventnor City Council in 1951, then ran for the city clerk's office in 1956. He won and served in that position for 16 years, retiring as a tenured clerk in 1973. Mr. Quigley helped found the Atlantic County Municipal Clerks Association and was a past president of the New Jersey State Municipal Clerks Association.
September 2, 1996 |
Milton Milan relaxed behind a desk in a fellow Camden councilman's empty office as he described what motivates him. "I feel like I'm being sucked into a vacuum of need," said the burly former Marine with a controversial past, who took his seat in City Council seven months ago at age 33. "When I'm ready to go to sleep, my pager goes off. . . . When I'm getting ready to eat, it goes off. " Camden City Council President Milan - who in...
May 19, 1996 |
Frank Costello, the second-longest-serving mayor in the county, will resign effective Jan. 1, becoming the latest in a group of mayors who have recently retired with more than 20 years in public office. Costello's tenure, 24 years, is surpassed only by that of his cousin, Herman Costello, mayor of Burlington City for 25 years. Last year, Riverside Mayor Robert Renshaw, Willingboro Mayor Paul Krane and Riverton Mayor Ann Cannon retired after each had served a long stint on council and eventually as mayor.
December 29, 1995 |
The new, reform-minded City Council must decide on Monday the fate of City Clerk Dorothy "Dot" Burley, who had not met state-mandated certification requirements when her three-year appointment ended last week. Two members of Council - the two who are not part of the faction that now holds a majority - said yesterday they believed that the five who will now control Council were inclined to replace Burley. Burley, 53, a longtime worker in the Camden Democratic Party, cannot be immediately reappointed to another three-year term Monday when the new council is sworn in because she failed to obtain a certificate required by the state to act as a registered municipal clerk.