Atlantic City Electric is giving away 1,000 free trees to residential customers through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program. This initiative helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy use through strategic tree planting. For the eighth year, Atlantic City Electric is stepping up to support this important environmental and energy saving program. While supplies last, customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting arborday.org/ace.
Customers will have the ability to choose from a selection of trees, including Bald Cypress, River Birch, and Sweet Gum. This year for the first time, customers can select a White Dogwood in a five-gallon container. Properly planted trees can provide a homeowner many benefits, such as reducing energy use through summer shading and by slowing winter winds. Since 2012, Atlantic City Electric customers have planted more than 12,300 trees, saving nearly 26 million kWh, and removing close to 200,000 lbs. of air pollutants from the atmosphere.
One-gallon trees will be delivered to customers’ homes between April and May. The Five-gallon White Dogwood must be pre-ordered on line and will be available for pick-up only on Saturday, April 13 from 12pm to 2pm at Atlantic City Electric’s Mays Landing Office, located at 5100 Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Customers unable to reserve a free tree through the internet are encouraged to call 855-670-2773 to secure a tree.
Ken Mosca Public Affairs Manager Atlantic City Electric 2542 Fire Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 645-4802 (O) (609) 412-3738 (C)
Please be advised Atlantic City Electric has subcontractors in the area inspecting utiliy poles for underground rot.
If you have homeowners in your community who are facing foreclosure or first-time homebuyers looking to purchase a home, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) has programs that can help.
Foreclosures crush families and blight neighborhoods. NJHMFA's new state housing counseling initiative can help your residents who are in danger of losing their homes and also help protect property values in your town and your tax revenues. However, it is essential that homeowners reach out for this free program within 60 days of receiving a foreclosure notice.
Saving for a home can be difficult, especially for first-time home buyers. For residents looking to buy their first home, NJHMFA offers $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance, which can provide the resourses buyers need to complete the purchase and open the door to their new home in your community.
For any questions, more information, or to receive handouts about the programs that residents can take home, please contact Jesse Crawford, our Marketing and Communications Outreach Coordinator, at 609-278-7587 or email@example.com.
City of Estell Manor
Mayor Joe Venezia State of Address
148 Cumberland Avenue
Estell Manor, NJ 08319
Good evening fellow residents and guests, and welcome to the 2019 Estell Manor City Reorganization. On behalf of our city council, I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.I would like to start on a positive note, and that every day until June 21st, we are gaining 3 minutes of extra daylight as we try to leave the winter behind us.
As your mayor, it is necessary, and my job to discuss several things, that are most important to address. Some of the key most important tasks of a mayor, is to stay on top of and promote the public safety of our community, meaning that our city must be a safe environment for our children and residents. While we have no local police department, I will have an access code and key for the state police to have access and use of our City Hall for the purpose of taking coffee breaks, writing reports, meeting with local residents, and for access to our restrooms. This should be useful in seeing more of their presence. I am also open to having our building to be used as a substation if this can be possible.Speaking of public safety, our city will post on our municipal website to start an active recruitment for our local fire department.I will personally see to it that we will find a successful grant writer for upgrades to their building and purchase of equipment. At the very least I will post an invitation for members and local residents to help assist with fundraisers, such as a sub sale, or other venues to raise money.
I believe that I heard there are several hundred million dollars for fire departments nationwide. It is known that this grant is very competitive. I make no guarantees of getting any funding, but I certainly will do what I can.
Another important task of the mayor, is keeping a town an affordable place to live. I know there are several ways of reducing spending, but must have the cooperation of Council to not make it a contentious political battleground.
As one resident said to us at our last meeting in December, the people voted for us mainly in trust to do the right thing for Estell Manor. One thing that I will not allow to slip through is for our city to bond for a large amount of money, before that can be voted on, I personally send out a notification to the entire city that council wants to bond any money, which is basically to charge credit card debt.
I would like to quote a statement from a former presidential candidate, Ben Carson: “We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems.But at some point, maybe we will wake up and recognize, that it was politicians who created our problems.”Which now leads me to say that our city does have a new crisis,that I as the mayor have inherited.
We have records and bill lists that show we have on our fixed asset inventory, equipment within our public works department. However, with those records, we see that tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, have an unexplained question:Where did the equipment go?Better yet, why have thousands of dollars of metal that were collected from our clean community grant program not deposited in the city general account?
Furthermore, nearly most of our equipment that we have left, has not been maintained. Two dump trucks, with two salt spreaders, all but destroyed from total neglect.A military truck that most towns receive and paid only a fraction of what we spent.The amount we invested in our G.I. Tow truck, could have bought a brand new truck with a snow plow, which would have a warranty.
Although the municipal tax increased 44% we still have a very weak amount of surplus. This is also attributed to spending over $120,000 to sue the fire company, and a hostile forcing out of our previous city clerk that cost us nearly, if not more than, $100,000.
Yes, we are in somewhat of a serious crisis here in Estell Manor. I proposed to sell property we own on the corner of Cape May Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, that in fact has two buildable lots in a very prime area, but council will not even consider it.
We had tax liens we could have sold, which our city doesn’t even own yet, yet council thought that too was a bad idea. Basically the city’s chief main revenue source, is the homes we live in and pay taxes to the city.
Yes, we have other revenue sources, such as the franchise taxes we receive from the gas, FIOS, electric, and phone utilities, however the state has skimmed annually a large portion. We are also receiving $123,000 annually from P.I.L.O.T. Funding, but yet the state has short changed us $200,500 for the last five years. I am still pursuing this money from Trenton.While many state officials in Trenton are aware of my complaint, I still have not gotten any answers yet. There are several more mayors working hard for our P.I.L.O.T. Funding shares.And we have all vowed to band together to continue this fight.
With the many problems our city is faced with, as well as current issues I have inherited, I will state that our city can survive this crisis we are temporarily in. Yes…temporarily in.With a spirit of cooperation with all five members of council, we can in fact work our way through this.Cutting of spending, pursuing of grants, ending ways of creating litigation because of bad government and dirty politics, and simply doing what is best for our city and its residents.
We can become more financially sound, and strengthen our sovereignty. We must move away from a past administration’s handling of our city by always finding a problem for a solution, with some members who have continued to embrace this concept.We must and will, find ways to strengthen our financial matters and work towards letting Estell Manor be the reason why we have moved here, settled here, and want the affordability to remain here.We can no longer be a governing body of red versus blue, but rather we all are a part of red, white, and blue.We all should run to get on city council for only one reason….that being to improve the quality of life of Estell Manor and all of its residents.
I truly encourage our residents to attend our council meetings, which are held on the 2nd of each month, with the exception of the November and December meetings, which will be held on the first Wednesday of those two months.As for any resident who will read this city address on our municipal website, all are welcome to attend.
I want to end this address the way I started it, on a positive note:
Estell Manor is a great place to live, to raise a family, and to live in one of the safest towns in Atlantic County. There are many good families and people who live here, for it is these same people who give me the spark to share my time and dedication.May God Bless Estell Manor and its people and may God Bless the United States of America.
Thank you and best wishes for 2019.
Need Help Paying Your Utility Bill? Atlantic City Electric Reminds Customers Assistance is Available
Atlantic City Electric customers have numerous options in which to apply for energy assistance. Atlantic City Electric wants its customers to know there is help available now if they are having difficulty paying their energy bills, and also offers energy conservation tips.
Energy assistance is still available in southern New Jersey to help Atlantic City Electric customers pay for winter energy bills. Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Atlantic City Electric customers can receive up to $1,000 in grant support toward their energy bill that they do not have to pay back. Customers must apply during LIHEAP’s open period to ensure they can secure their grant while money is still available.
“We understand that our customers may face financial challenges in meeting their energy needs, so we help them secure the essential energy assistance they need to help pay their utility bills,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “It is essential that our customers submit their application now, before this important money runs out.”
Last week, Atlantic City Electric employees traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in LIHEAP Action Day hosted by the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition. The employees advocated for policies that protect funding for the LIHEAP program by sharing stories with elected officials and policymakers that demonstrate the program’s value to vulnerable households in southern New Jersey.
To be eligible for a grant, a customer’s annual household income cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. Each state has determined eligibility guidelines based on household size and income. Homeowners, renters, roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. Customers do not have to be behind on their bills to receive a grant.
New Jersey’s eligibility requirements are as follows:
$24,120 - One-person household
$32,484 - Two-person household
$40,848 - Three-person household
$49,200 - Four-person household
In addition to LIHEAP, there are many other programs and tips available to help Atlantic City Electric customers save money and manage their energy costs. Customers can also Get more detailed information about your energy usage so you can make more informed choices about how you use energysign up for My Account, which contains tools and detailed energy usage information. By tracking their energy use, comparing usage trends, and discovering the results of energy-saving practices, customers can manage their energy more efficiently. Customers can visit atlanticcityelectric.comto learn more about My Account, available energy assistance programs, and other ways to save money and energy
Customers also can receive financial assistance through Helping Hands, a program, funded by Atlantic City Electric, providing $3 million to help struggling customers meet their energy needs during the next three years. These funds are annually dispersed to low-income residents through the Affordable Housing Alliance, New Jersey SHARES, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden and the People for People Foundation.
Atlantic City Electric will work with customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bill. The company offers payment options, like budget billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly electricity costs, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans. Customers who may be struggling to make a payment should contact Atlantic City Electric as soon as possible at 800-642-3780.