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By Bill Bates,

Mount Ephraim News Correspondent

It a continuing effort to limit operating costs, the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced several resolutions that would help the borough control their day to day expenses as well as continue practicing shared services agreements.

The BOC determined that it would be the best interest of the borough to purchase office supplies through Office Basics, Incorporated of Boothwyn, PA through the Camden County Cooperative Pricing System for the next two years at 74% off the catalogue prices specified in the bid agreement. Office Basics was awarded the contract following a detailed bid process with Camden County.

The Uniform Shared Services Consolidation Act permits two local units to enter into a contract for any service which any party to the agreement is empowered to render within its jurisdiction.

The BOC authorize such a contract for 2009 which will permit Mount Ephraim to receive a rebate amount of $4,292.40 in exchange for continuing its recycling collection program disposed of at the Camden County Waste To Energy Plant and County Landfill which totaled $395,000 in 2007 that was distributed to municipalities based on the percentage share of recyclables that it delivered to their facility.

Another resolution was authorized for an interlocal shared services agreement with the Borough of Bellmawr to provide paving services for the needed Mount Ephraim Library Lot in the amount of $4,606. This shared services agreement saves the borough several hundred dollars.

In other business, the BOC made the following appointment to the Mount Ephraim Fire Department to authorize Paul Bonamassa to the position of firefighter effective February 1. Paul has been a Fire Explorer with the MEFD for the past 4 years and has turned 18 years of age that allows him to currently attend the Camden County Fire Academy Firefighter 1 Program.

A resolution was awarded to the lowest bidder being ABS Electric Incorporated of Elmer, NJ in the amount of $43,432.00. Sealed bids were received for the installation of an emergency generator at the Harding Avenue Sewage Pump Station.

Director of Public Safety Commissioner Andy Gilmore, Sr. read the following reports; The Mount Ephraim Fire Department answered 37 calls for the month of January totaling 98.75 incident hours and conducted 6 training exercises for the month. The Mount Ephraim Police answered 384 calls in January. Highlights were 19 alarms, 21 ambulance calls, 3 burglaries, 12 domestic violence, 19 motor vehicle accidents, 15 police assistance calls and 16 motor vehicle complaints. 221 motor vehicle summonses were issued. 37 adults were arrested for the month including 9 driving while intoxicated, 11 possession of controlled dangerous substance, 1 distribution of a controlled substance, 3 shoplifting and 5 simple assaults. 1 juvenile was arrested for criminal mischief and 19 out of town warrants were issued. $10,205.44 in municipal court fines was collected.

Borough Construction Official Steve Beach collected $2,721.00 after issuing 11 permit fees for the month.

Director of Public Works Commissioner Bruce Greenwald reported that 65,180 pounds of single stream recycling and 166.16 tons of trash were collected. 1800 pounds of metal was collected and scrapped for a collection of $108.00. DPW employees removed graffiti from the playground equipment at the Norcross and the Shining Star Parks.

The next meeting of the Mount Ephraim BOC will be on Thursday, March 5 commencing at 8:00 pm in the Borough Meeting Room.

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