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By Sara Martino
Westville Borough Council President Michael Ledrich presided over last week's meeting in the absence of Mayor Russell Welsh, and Council approved an ordinance repealing a public intoxication law that was in the Borough Code Book.
Several other New Jersey municipalities were challenged in the law that was deleted years ago by the state. This action by the governing body will alleviate any possible law suits for wrongful arrests.
Council voted to receive payment from the TRICOJIF Joint Insurance Fund in the form of a check in the amount of $16,250, instead of having the amount go towards the next payment. Interest can then be accrued on the amount.
In other business during the brief meeting, Councilman George Baker suggested that purchase procedures be carried out diligently.
"Department heads should put in requests early enough to ensure that money is available for the purchases. We are getting close to the year end," he said.
It was announced that free flu shots will be available on November 13 from 4 to 6 pm in the Parkview School.
In the public portion of the meeting, Joyce Lovell, chair of the Westville Environmental Commission, reported that a "Make A Difference Day" will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
"Clean is Green" is the slogan. Volunteers will meet at the Gazebo in the Thomas West Park, where gloves and trash bags will be provided for the clean up in several areas of the town.
According to Lovell, the National Day of Doing Good, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors, was started by actor Paul Newman, recently deceased.
Bancroft Office support Services (BOSS) assisted the commission in the production assistance of the program.
Sponsors include the Gloucester County Improvement Authority, Borough Council, the Environmental Commission, the Public Works Department and Wheelabrator. Free lunch for the volunteers will be provided for by Wheelabrator.
At one time, the previous mayor, Michael Galbraith, and some council members wanted to eliminate the Commission as it once was.
With some changes the Commission survived and has done much for the borough by applying for and receiving grants for environmental projects for the town.
At the recent "Yard Sale in the Park," sponsored by the Westville Lion's Club, the Commission members had an exhibit regarding the environment.
They chanced off a trash compactor, provided the children a chance to make bird feeders from pine cones and peanut butter and answered environmental questions.