Important Public Notices

Request for Proposals For Services of an Independent Financial Advisor

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The City of Salem (City) is seeking sealed proposals for the services of an Independent Financial Advisor using the competitive contracting procedure set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:11-4.1 et seq. The City of Salem is seeking sealed proposals from qualified independent financial advisors to evaluate the City’s water and sewer systems and review, analyze and prepare a report as described below. The Independent Financial Advisor shall evaluate the City’s water and sewer systems and review, analyze and prepare a report on the following:

  1. the value of the systems;
  2. the short and long term impacts to rate-payers of the cash-flow structure of a proposed sale of the utilities; and
  3. provide an estimate as to the financial requirements necessary to address the emergent conditions identified by the City/City’s engineer as set forth in the Emergent Conditions Analysis prepared by Remington and Vernick and to operate and maintain the systems.

A copy of the Instructions, specifications and forms may be obtained from the City Clerk during business hours by contacting the City Clerk, Ben Angeli, at 17 New Market St., Salem New Jersey 08079, telephone 856-935-0372. Instructions, specifications and forms will also be posted on the City website at www.cityofsalemnj.gov.

All proposals shall be submitted using the specified forms and format and delivered to the City Clerk in a sealed envelope marked “Proposals for Independent Financial Advisor Evaluation” no later than Thursday February 12-2022 at 10:00 AM. when the proposals will be opened and read aloud at 17 New Market St., Salem New Jersey. Proposals sent by fax or email will not be accepted. Late proposals will not be accepted.

The City of Salem reserves the right to consider the proposals for sixty (60) days after the receipt thereof, and further reserves the right to reject any or all proposals either in whole or in part and also to waive any informality and make such awards or take action as may be in the best interest of the City of Salem. The award of the contract will be through the competitive contracting process.

The successful contractor shall be required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et. seq., N.J.A.C. 17:27 (Affirmative Action), P.L. 1963. C150, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101, et.seq.), N.J.S.A. 52:32-44 (Business Registration) and shall submit proof of the same.

Ben Angeli, Salem City Clerk

Dept of Commerce and Economic Development Public Meetings

The City of Salem Department of Commerce and Economic Development will be hosting the first of several public meetings in 2022 regarding downtown redevelopment.  The first meeting will take place via zoom on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:30pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to 1) notify the residents of Salem of the plan to redevelop downtown, 2) take feedback and questions from the residents of Salem regarding the future of downtown and, 3) to introduce the public comment period to the residents of Salem regarding Downtown Redevelopment. All residents of Salem City are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback for the wants and needs that residents would like to see for their new downtown. Due to COVID-19 the public participation in the meeting will be through Zoom only.

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Q and A: for the Preservation Plan & Feasibility Study for 67 West Broadway, the Sarah Allen Nicholson House

RFP Questions from Consultants
Salem – 67 West Broadway, the Sarah Nicholson Allen House

1. Is an archaeological study required?
No. On the basis of research or site observations, the Plan will make a recommendation, for example, if there are areas of the property that are likely to contain buried material culture that could yield new information about the history of the property.

2. The RFP references a “two-fold purpose for the building.”  Do you envision these purposes happening concurrently or sequentially?  If concurrently, will work on the building be done as part of the preservation trades program, or will it just house a classroom for viewing the restoration work after it has been completed?  Has the City of Salem considered the required measures for safety for exposing floor framing, electrical wiring, installing scaffolding and other demonstration work while operating as a Welcome Center?
Sequentially.

3. The RFP references following the HPO publication Historic Structure Reports and Preservation Plans: A Preparation Guide – Second Edition for the Preservation Plan scope, however, in this Guide, the following items are specifically listed as not being part of a Preservation Plan, and at the same time are not listed in parentheses (suggested sections). Are these all to be considered part of the “Feasibility” component of the Study?:

  1. Code and Accessibility Review
  2. Physical Project Completion Report
  3. Cost Estimate

The checklist in the guide is not specific to this project, but indicates minimum general expectations. Read the narrative sections for more guidance. The scope of this project is determined by the outline in the RFP, which is part of the City’s grant agreement with the NJHPO. Feasibility will have to address code, accessibility, and cost implications of use scenarios. See also #4 below.

4. Does the City of Salem intend that this report will not be “completed” until the Physical Project Completion Report is added?  This could conceivably be much longer than the 8/12/2022 date that indicated on the Schedule listed in the RFP.
No. Refer to p. 24 of the preparation guide. There are no pre-existing reports to be amended to the Plan, and the City will amend any future reports to the Plan. The Plan work must be completed in the time frame stated in the RFP.

5. To what purpose has the Site and Landscape Evaluation (in parenthesis) been listed as a suggested section of text?  Does the City of Salem have an intended use for the exterior?
The City has no specific intended use for the exterior. Follow the cited guidance for this section.

6. Is it understood that the structural analysis will be limited if all calculations are made based solely on the structure which is currently visible, and no destructive testing (as stated in the RFP) is permitted?
Yes. In its current state, the entire first floor framing, and small portions of the second and third floor framing are accessible. However, we expect to be advised during the work if any selective demolition would be necessary to complete the structural evaluation, or how the lack of that would limit the evaluation.

7. Is the purpose of the Maintenance Plan to address the building in its current state until the renovation/preservation work has started
Please include current as well as post-proposed treatment maintenance recommendations.

8. Are reimbursable expenses, such as printing costs, included in the $44,470 project budget?
Yes. The grant amount is the maximum permissible, all-inclusive cost.

9. Are there existing measured drawings or historic documents to be utilized by the selected team?
No, there are no known measured drawings. The only known documentation is the Broadway National Register nomination, which contains an inventory form (attached to the RFP) and brief discussions within the nomination, and two prior cultural resource surveys. Further archival research is up to the Consultant. See #10 below.

10. Is the selected team to conduct primary research into the history of the building, prior studies or treatment efforts, or will this information be supplied to the selected team?
Yes, the Consultant should perform primary and secondary research on the building, human, and contextual histories of the property per the preparation guide. Local repositories (Salem County Historical Society, County Planning Office, County Clerk and Surrogate Offices) will have pertinent documents. There are no known prior studies, but there were some recent treatments that the City and Committee will share from memory. A roof stabilization application is currently under review by the NJHPO and that documentation will be shared.

Salem City Virtual Court Sessions Schedule

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Laborer

The City of Salem is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Laborer in the Department of Public Works.  This is an entry level position which will require one to perform duties such as manual labor, snow maintenance, light tree work, road maintenance, and fields, parks and lawn maintenance under all weather conditions. The person hired may be assigned to any department under Public Works.

Applicants must possess a valid N.J. State Driver’s License. A valid NJ State CDL Driver’s License or the ability to obtain the CDL License within one year of employment is mandatory. Residency in the City of Salem is required. Starting salary is $37,712.87 with benefits. Interested candidates can get an application at the Salem City Hall Annex, 17 New Market Street, Salem. Applications must be submitted by October 8, 2021. This is a union position. Salem City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Account Clerk – City of Salem, Salem County

The City of Salem is seeking a full time Account Clerk.  Must be a motivated, detail oriented individual and with excellent organizational skills, strong customer service skills, computer and communication skills along with the ability to work cooperatively with other City Departments. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to cash management; post daily tax and sewer receipts, requisitions, maintain files, and other various duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.

Please submit updated resume with cover letter via email or regular mail by October 8, 2021 to: Kenia Nunez, 17 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079 or You can also drop off the cover letter and resume on Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM at 17 New Market Street in Salem  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. Union position, with benefits, residency required. The City of Salem is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

City of Salem – WIPA: Notice of Approval

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has approved the City of Salem’s Water Infrastructure Protection Act (WIPA) application on January 22, 2021, acknowledging the presence of Emergent Condition No. 4 (lack of historical investment or sustainable maintenance) and No. 5 (lack of financial capacity). This determination was made in response to the City’s attempt to secure NJDEP approval to sell or long term lease its water and sewer systems through the guidelines described in the WIPA process. Based on supporting information submitted by the City, the NJDEP, in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank), has determined that Salem City lacks the historical investment and financial capacity required to adequately address investment, repair, and sustainable maintenance of its water and sewer systems on a sustainable basis. With approval now granted by the NJDEP, the City intends to proceed with process of evaluating the sale or long term lease of its water and sewer systems to a public or private entity.

A petition may be filed with the municipal clerk, no later than 45 days after the publication of this notice, protesting the sale or long term lease of these assets without a public referendum. Petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk at the following address: 17 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079. If the petition is signed by a number of legal voters of the City equal to at least 15% of the total votes cast in the City at the last election at which members of the General Assembly were elected, a resolution to sell the systems shall not take effect unless the sale is advanced pursuant to R.S.40:62-4 and R.S.40:62-5. If a petition is not filed pursuant to this notice, a resolution to sell the systems shall not be subject to a public referendum.

By Order of the City of Salem
Ben Angeli, RMC
Dated: 2/3/2021

Q & A On Property Maintenance

In an effort to address the recent statements and concerns about the conditions of some of the properties in the City, we have put together the following Q and A. Please keep in mind that the City must abide by certain laws concerning private property rights. Another thing that we must keep in mind is that parts of our City are designated Historic Districts and that adds another layer of regulations that have to be considered. The City has been involved in the process to demolish Jack’s Men’s Store on Broadway for some time and we are getting to the point of getting final approval from the State to move forward with the project.  Mayor Washington had to go to Trenton and make our case to the Historic Preservation Office to get that done.  It has been a long, long process for just one building.

We will address properties both City owned and privately owned.

City owned vacant properties:

Why does the City own these vacant properties? The City has taken ownership through foreclosure due to the property owner not paying their real estate taxes.

Why take possession and not just leave the properties in the owner’s name?  Even if the property owner is not paying taxes to the City, the City is still responsible for paying the school and County taxes due on that property. With an average house assessment at $65,000, the total taxes due would be $4,594.85. The combined school and County taxes would be $2,251.48. If the City takes possession of those properties, they become non-ratable and we do not have to pay the School and County taxes. The City would save over two thousand dollars for each property.  Multiply that by the number of privately owned properties where people have just walked away and that is a considerable amount of money. Another reason for taking possession is that the City then has better control over the future use of that property.

What is the downside of taking possession of these properties? Once we take possession, then the City becomes responsible for maintaining the property.  Currently our Streets Department maintains almost 40 properties not counting vacant properties. The City owns almost 200 vacant properties and maintaining all of them on a regular basis can take some time. We have a plan that will be implemented next year to use Vacant Property Registration fees to hire outside contractors to cut grass and clean up vacant properties. Due to government regulations, we cannot use those funds until 2021.

Privately owned properties:

What does the City do to get private property owners to maintain their properties? The City Code Enforcement Officer will issue a warning to the property owner and they would then have 10 days to comply. If the violation is not corrected, the property owner would be issued a court summons.  Then it is up to the court to assess fines or other penalties. In Salem, we are faced with a situation where some of these people do not bother to show up in court. In those cases, our officer will issue additional summonses, but that usually leads to the same result.

Why doesn’t the City just go in and clean-up those privately owned properties when the owners do not maintain them? The City cannot go onto private property unless all legal steps have been taken including proper notice that the City intends to remediate the property and lien the property for the expense.  We are currently moving in a direction where we will be taking more properties to that step, but that just leads to the issue of who do we get to clean up the property.  If we use City employees, we take them away from their other areas of responsibility.  If we use outside contractors, again where do we get the funds to pay for that cost. Next year, we will be in a better position to hire outside contractors for these properties. I mentioned that we can lien the property owner for the clean-up cost, but experience with some of these property owners tells us that we will never see that money. Eventually the liens and past due taxes will get to an amount where the City will have to look at foreclosing on the property.

What is the City doing to address these issues with City and privately owned properties?  Mayor Washington, Council President Gage and the members of City Council have made cleaning up the City a top priority and these are the steps that the City is taking to deal with these issues:

  1. Hiring additional personnel for the Code Enforcement Office.
  2. Being diligent in following up on violations not remediated and issuing additional summonses.
  3. Taking each case to the level where liens can be placed on the property.
  4. Using Vacant Property Registration fees to cover clean-up expenses.
  5. Using our Clean Communities Grant Funds to pay for clean-ups.
  6. Organizing citizen clean-ups through our Clean Communities Coordinator.
  7. Investigating purchasing cameras to monitor illegal dumping sites throughout the City.
  8. Using County resources like the inmate work programs to do clean-ups.
  9. The City hired a Commerce Director to address our housing issues and he has worked diligently to develop projects that will help with the overall appearance of the City, Good things are happening in that area.
  10. Coordinating with our Public Works staff to target problem areas and developing plans to address them through code Enforcement or clean-up projects.
  11. Mayor Washington has worked very hard on addressing housing issues in the City. He developed the NTI program that promotes home ownership of properties that the City owns. This is a double win for the City as it gets these properties off the City owned list and helps people go through the process of acquiring and owning a home. Home ownership is a key to Salem’s future success. Information on the NTI Program is available on the City website under the Economic Development tab.
  12. In 2018 the City demolished 15 buildings at a cost of over $260,000.
  13. The Governing Body budgeted money this year to demolish additional sites and is currently putting together a new list for consideration.
  14. The City held a trash amnesty week that allowed residents to put out trash without using stickers. This helped the City remove a large amount of debris from our neighborhoods.

We understand that this is an important issue for the City residents and we are working hard every day to tackle this problem.  We are always open to input from our residents.  You can email our City Administrator at .

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Mayor Charles Washington Jr.
Council President Earl Gage
Councilman Timothy Gregory
Councilwoman Sharon Kellum
Councilwoman Ruth Carter
Councilwoman Gail Slaughter
Councilman Vaughn Groce
Councilman Jim Smith
Councilman Robert Davis
Ben Angeli, City Administrator

Important Message from Atlantic City Electric – Past Due Balances

More can be done for customers who call now to discuss past due balances

Lightbulb with glowing dollar sign insideAtlantic City Electric is urging customers who may have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to contact the company now to establish payment arrangements and get connected to customer assistance programs. Atlantic City Electric will continue to work with each customer individually to help with the continuation of their electric service. Atlantic City Electric has expanded billing and payment options to include eliminating down payment/security deposit requirements, extending payment periods for balances and connecting more customers with energy assistance funds. During this time, Atlantic City Electric has also been reaching out continually to customers who have fallen behind on their payments, as well as customers who may be eligible for energy assistance, through phone calls, letters, emails, social media, and targeted advertising.

The most important step that residential customers who are past due on their Atlantic City Electric bill can take is to contact the company at 800-642-3780 or by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com/help.  

A full list of energy assistance programs is also available at atlanticcityelectric.com/help.