Monday, March 18, 2013
Collingswood's long-serving mayor tells Patch he is comfortable running on his record.
Of the more than 30 years he has lived in Collingswood, municipal lawyer James Maley has served as the mayor for 13, and has held office in the borough for another eight besides. Maley's practice has been headquartered in the Collingswood since 1987, a town in which he has raised three children, welcomed two grandchildren and expects two more in June. James Maley says he will be back at the baseball fields again this year: His oldest grandson is starting T-ball. "I'm completing the cycle," he jokes. Maley has seen a lot of changes in Collingswood in the years since his own children were playing Little League. And he has weathered a lot of campaign seasons in that time, too. As Maley stands for re-election to the borough government with …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Ian Wachstein served 18 years on the local school board after someone tapped him on the shoulder and told him to put his money where his mouth is. Now Wachstein says he's been tapped again.
Ian Wachstein is a 72-year-old father of four who has lived in Collingswood since 1978. For 45 years, he served with the New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender, retiring in December 2012. He joins a slate of challengers to the incumbent borough commissioners in the 2013 race. The last time somebody told Ian Wachstein "If you don't like it, why don't you run?" he spent 18 years on the Collingswood Board of Education. "I was complaining about the fact that my then-eighth-grade daughter had to take a science course that involved learning how to type," Wachstein told Patch. "Somebody tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'If you don’t like it, why don’t you run for the board?'" Wachstein won the election, and the following year, his …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The financial planner and 'I Love Collingswood' creator says the borough needs 'fresh eyes.'
Hugh McGuire is one of a handful of challengers to the incumbent slate of borough commissioners in the upcoming election. The 19-year Collingswood resident is a financial planner who says he wants to lend an independent voice to borough leadership. Hugh McGuire describes himself as "a Collingswood guy." After nearly 20 years in town, the father of 7-year-old Mark and 10-year-old Hugh is known for his self-produced "I Love Collingswood" video segments "because I love this town," he said. McGuire, a financial planner of 30 years, believes Collingswood needs "a financial adviser's eyes on the higher taxes we're getting." He cited the recent PILOT agreement with Kitchen & Associates to purchase the 'Old' Zane School as an example of the local …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Like many labor negotiations of the day, new hires are going to find their salary and benefits reduced as the borough offsets the costs of salary increases within the 2 percent cap.
Collingswood firefighters are getting a raise. Not a big one, and not all at once—but any pay increase for taxpayer-funded work is no small feat to negotiate in an era of federal sequestration and the 2-percent state budget cap. At its monthly commissioners meeting Monday, the borough introduced an ordinance that would formalize a pay increase for Collingswood firefighters through 2015. In terms of numbers, it is structured identically to that negotiated by the Collingswood Police Department: retroactive to 2012, department staff will receive annual pay increases of 1.5 percent, 1.5 percent, 1.75 percent and 1.75 percent through 2015. Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis said those gains were earned at the cost of some concessions for …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The architectural firm paid $800K for the property and will enjoy a 10-year PILOT agreement with the borough, while still allowing use of its parking lot during off-hours.
Fifteen years ago, Collingswood borough commissioner Joan Leonard said, the “Old” Zane School on Haddon Avenue was a rotten dump with a caved-in roof that doubled as a pigeon roost. “The building was literally falling down,” Leonard told the public at Monday’s commissioners meeting. “It was frightening.” Leonard, who lives across the street from the property, speaks of what she knows. Such a historic building (it dates back to 1905) deserved a better fate. So Leonard was among those most excited when the borough announced that it had come to terms with the current tenants of the building, the architectural firm Kitchen & Associates, to sell the property she'd helped restore 15 years ago. In addition to the $800,000 asking price, Kitchen & …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Borough government announced a number of changes to the current parking system that should take effect immediately.
Last week, the borough of Collingswood released the following announcement. KIOSK FIXES Collingswood is implementing some parking changes in 2013 that will improve parking issues, some of which stem from the switch from parking meters to kiosks in 2012. ”The company we contracted was the source of a lot of kiosk headaches. Like many towns in the region, we still think the upgrade to kiosks is the right way to go but we’re exploring new companies that will give visitors consistency and ease of use,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “In the big picture, we’re aware of the frustrations folks have had and it’s a priority to get things running smoothly.” The kiosk company is installing new modems to try to correct the problems. If this does…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A roundup of who's who in Collingswood municipal services as approved at the borough re-organization meeting on Jan. 7.
At the re-organization meeting of the Collingswood Borough Commissioners on Jan. 7, the governing body passed a resolution authorizing the following appointments for 2013: Professional contracts were awarded to the following businesses for the services outlined below:
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Mayor James Maley said that the move to purchase the property was "drastic," but that there's a better business waiting in the wings while the market languishes.
On Monday, borough commissioners signed off on the second reading of a $2.6 million bond measure to improve the municipal water infrastructure of Collingswood, heard grievances on the failures of public parking kiosks, and recognized the fire safety efforts of a pair of quick-thinking kids. Yet the issue that caused the greatest stir at their monthly meeting was the second reading of Ordinance 1529, which would authorize the purchase of a property located at 741 Haddon Avenue—a.k.a. the National Food Market. The property has been appraised at $380,000, said Mayor James Maley, and the borough tendered an offer to its owner, Shinder Pal, based on that appraisal. After months of fruitless negotiations, however, the borough may have to invoke …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Mayor James Maley heard from a number of residents who were still concerned after the storm. Thankfully, power had been restored throughout Collingswood by midweek.
“It’s been a pretty wild week,” a visibly exhausted Mayor James Maley told the crowd of borough residents at Monday’s commissioners meeting. Many had brought with them concerns about the expected timeline for restoration of power to their homes. “While we obviously didn’t get what happened at the shore, I think we were hit pretty hard,” he said. “What we have is bad, but the stuff they’re dealing with elsewhere in the state, it’s hard to yell and scream.” Maley then recounted some of the details of the destruction for the benefit of those assembled. Four utility poles downed in the neighborhoods of Bettlewood Avenue and Harding Terrace. Two transformers smashed, with HAZMAT trucks called out to clean up an oil leak from one of the …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The governing body of Collingswood pushed through a number of resolutions in a short meeting Tuesday night.
At what was likely one of their shortest meetings in recent memory, the Collingswood Borough Commissioners nonetheless hammered out a fair bit of business Tuesday evening, most of it relating to its new shared-services initiative, announced earlier in the day at a press conference in Haddonfield. Touting the benefits of economies of scale while warning against the stick-and-stick diplomacy expectedly forthcoming from the New Jersey Legislature this fall, the commissioners formally resolved that Collingswood would join Audubon, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Mt. Ephraim and Oaklyn in an “Interlocal Service Agreement.” The first collaboration under the arrangement will see Collingswood share electrical, plumbing and fire sub …