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CCIA Announces New Clean Streets Program

MILLVILLE, NEW JERSEY (August 8, 2017) – Always looking for innovative ways to keep Cumberland County’s 540 miles of roadways litter-free, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) recently initiated the Clean Streets Program. The program is administered through the CCIA’s Clean Communities teaming volunteers with CCIA staff to remove litter from the roadways throughout Cumberland County.

Clean Streets is a spin-off to the Cumberland County Housing First Program, funded through the NJ Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA). With Gateway Community Action Partnership (GCAP) as the lead agency, area partners have taken this step to provide assistance for the county’s chronically homeless population.

Participants are selected through a referral process and approved by GCAP/NJDCA. They then meet with the service team consisting of a housing engagement office, community mentor, peer support, social work case manager, health care case manager, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor or nurse.

CCIA board member Albert Kelly contacted Cumberland County Clean Communities Coordinator Anthony Riviera regarding the Housing First Program. “Everyone needs a purpose, a reason to get up each day,” commented Kelly. “CCIA’s resources and experience fit the bill.” Working with the partners, the Clean Streets Program was not far behind.

“Litter is a constant challenge for our county and we quickly move on any chance we have to check it,” said Riviera. “NJ Clean Communities provides funding for such opportunities as this collaboration. The expertise of those involved assures us the volunteers would be a great compliment to our clean communities staff. It’s a win-win all the way around.”

As part of the Clean Streets program, volunteers receive Walmart gift cards each week they participate. Work schedules are arranged to accommodate the LAX transit schedules, a free service provided by Cumberland County. The CCIA provides the necessary gear to outfit the volunteers. Mandatory safety equipment and training is also provided.

The first two volunteers from the Bridgeton area to enter into the CCIA’s Clean Streets Program were introduced to the CCIA Clean Communities staff mid-July. Prior to the program, both men have been individually dedicated to help keep the Downtown Bridgeton appearance attractive and litter free. Byron Calakos, CCIA Clean Communities staff and crew leader, commented, “I travel the roads of Cumberland County every day and see what litter does to detract from where we live, work, raise our families. These volunteers bring a strong sense of pride and responsibility to the job. I’m happy to have them as part of our CCIA team.”

The Clean Streets crew has cleaned more than 40 miles in Bridgeton, Fairfield, Millville, Vineland, Deerfield, Maurice River Township and Commercial Township since it started three weeks ago. As a result of these efforts, 6,380 pounds of litter have been removed from the roadways. CCIA plans to continue with this very successful program and assisting GCAP and the Housing First Program. For more information on the Clean
Streets Program, contact Mr. Riviera at 856-825-3700 x2010.

In addition to its environmental related initiatives, the CCIA is responsible for the development, financing and project management of projects and programs most vital to sustaining the economic and environmental future of the County and the state of New Jersey. The CCIA works in tandem with the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders to foster greater economic growth, business development and quality of life for all Cumberland County residents.

Vineland and the CCIA to Move Forward on a New Police Station

VINELAND, NJ: The Vineland City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday which establishes a Shared Services Agreement with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) for construction of a new police station.

As part of the agreement, the CCIA will bond for and undertake the general contracting, project management, and financing for the new police facility. At the end of the construction, the city will lease the building from the CCIA at lease payments equal to the payments under the CCIA bonding. At the completion of the lease, the CCIA will transfer ownership of the property to the city for $1.00. This saves the city the need to bond the project and undertake contracting for the many facets of construction, while still retaining overall control of the project.

“Since taking office, I have stressed the importance of adopting a strategic business-like approach to decision making which identifies and mobilizes public and private resources in support of a common vision,” stated Mayor Anthony Fanucci. “This includes identifying shared services opportunities where practical, and forming partnerships with regional development entities on projects that will benefit residents and businesses. This agreement will do so by providing necessary services at a cost savings to Vineland taxpayers.”

“There is no doubt that the existing Vineland Police building, which dates to 1966, has reached the end of its productive lifecycle and no longer meets the city’s policing needs,” Mayor Fanucci continued. “To keep pace with the safety requirements of our community, a new police services building with adequate space for effective policing operations is essential. However, I believe by leveraging the construction expertise of the CCIA, we can complete the project well below the $25 million estimate offered by the previous administration.”

“We are excited at the prospect of working with the City of Vineland,” said CCIA Executive Director Jerry Velazquez. “This is exactly the type of project the CCIA was set up to handle. It is a big deal for us that the largest city in the county recognizes the benefits that can be realized through a partnership with the CCIA. We have a record of completing projects on-time and under budget, and we look forward to providing these services to the city.”

“The current building has served us well for over 50 years,” said Police Chief Rudy Beu. “But time has made it both physically and functionally obsolete. Moving this project forward demonstrates the commitment Mayor Fanucci and City Council have made to keeping Vineland a safe, forward-looking community.”

“The investment in a new facility will enhance our law enforcement and public safety operations for decades to come,” said City Council President Paul Spinelli. “Additionally, the proposed financing approach allows the city to make a significant investment in our community within existing and projected resources.”

“As Mayor, I am strongly committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities that enable our police force to do their jobs safely and more efficiently in a quality work environment in order to better serve the residents of Vineland,” Mayor Fanucci concluded.