"Meet Your Freeholder" Nights Scheduled at the County Store
(Deptford, NJ) The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders will now hold evening hours at the County Store located on the second-level of the Deptford Mall. The Gloucester County Store, which opened on August 1st, has already proven a popular location for residents to receive passports, senior services, veterans services, identification cards and more.
We know people are coming into the store because the Clerks Office has already issued over 1,000 passports since we opened in August, said Freeholder Director Sweeney. Their numbers far exceeded what we anticipated for the first two months and we know that the Gloucester County store will only receive more visitors and residents looking for county services and information, stated Sweeney.
Freeholder Director Sweeney said that the Freeholder Board saw an opportunity to make themselves even more accessible to citizens by holding hours at the Deptford Mall location.
As Freeholders we always make time for constituents, but what is to say that constituents have time in their busy lives to tell us what is on their minds? Now when residents are in the Deptford Mall and doing their shopping, they will have the opportunity to come into the County Store and speak directly to a Freeholder, said Sweeney.
The new program is just getting underway and more dates will be advertised as they are scheduled. To date the following Freeholders are scheduled to be at the County Store:
Monday, October 17th from 6 pm to 7 pm, Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr.
Tuesday, October 25TH from 6 pm to 7 pm, Freeholder Helene Reed
Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, Freeholder Bill Krebs
Wednesday, November 30TH from 6pm to 7 pm, Freeholder Helene Reed
We are very proud of the County Stores early success, said Freeholder Warren Wallace who coordinated this project to help increase the awareness of county services. We new that the Clerks Office would sell enough passports to pay the rent on the store for the year, but when we learned he would accomplish in the first ninety days of the Stores existence, we were very pleased, stated Wallace. Freeholder Wallace said that Clerk Hogan, his staff and the countys department have worked extremely well together to deliver government services during non-traditional hours.
The Clerk has processed 1,043 passports and 169 county identification cards since we opened the County Store in the Deptford Mall and he has not seen any decline in any of his other locations. That proves to all of us that this government service station was truly a need of our residents and we hope to offer more services as we move forward, stated Freeholder Wallace.
The Gloucester Count Store is opened from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday.
To reach the Gloucester County Store call 686-6013. Visit www.co.gloucester.nj.us and click on the County Store icon to view their calendar of events and information and services offered.
November Calendar at the Gloucester County Store
November Schedule of Departments
1 Emergency Response Disaster Preparedness 10-12pm
Prosecutors Office 1-4pm
2 Gloucester County Library 10-12pm
Economic Development (Community Dev. Block Grant) 5-7pm
3 Senior Services Info & Assistance 10-12pm
Rutgers 4H & Youth Development 2-4pm
Rutgers Small Business 4-8pm
4 Health Dept. Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Glucose Screenings 8-10am
Health Department Nutrition Facts for the Holidays 6-8pm
5 Sheriffs Dept. Fingerprinting, DARE, Safety Seat Protection 12-4pm
7 Parks and Recreation 10am12pm
8 Closed in Observance of Election Day
9 Disability Services 4-8pm
10 Senior Services Information on Free Wills for Seniors 10am-12pm
Surrogates Office - 6-9pm
11 Rutgers Small Business 10-4pm
14 Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions - 10am-1pm
Public Works (Permits) - 6-8pm
15 Emergency Response - 10-12pm
16 Personnel Dept. - 10am-12pm
Human Services - 1-4pm
17 Senior Services-Information on Senior Programs and Services 10am-12pm
Gloucester County College 12-2pm
Rutgers Co-Operative Extension Agriculture and Resource Mgmt 2-4pm
18 Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions - 1-4pm
Consumer Protection - 6-9pm
19 Veterans Affairs Information on Applying for Medals 10am-1pm
Health Department Emergency Preparedness Planning for Families & Medical Corps Recruitment 1-3pm
21 Parks and Recreation 10am-12pm
Prosecutors Office 1-4pm
Economic Development (Tourism) 6-8pm
22 Veterans Affairs Information on Applying for Medals 3-7pm
23 Board of Elections 4-7pm
24 Closed for Thanksgiving
26 Disability Services Information and Assistance 12-3pm
30 Meet Your Freeholder Freeholder Helene Reed 6-7 pm