By Bill Bates
The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners appointed Anthony Jiles and Steve Palma as Special Police Officers for the borough effective March 6, 2009. The MEPD had vacancies that they both were qualified to fill.
The borough has hired Terry Shannon, who is a Registered Municipal Clerk who is currently appointed to the borough of Barrington and is available to provide the needed services. The Shared Service agreement is on a part-time basis for the period from March 16 through December 21, 2009 for a total cost of $15,466, subject to adjustments as provided during the term of agreement, pursuant to a shared services agreement.
Marie Darlington who previously was Acting Borough Clerk for the past several months will now fill the position of Deputy Borough Clerk to replace Ethel Hartman.
Director of Public Safety, Commissioner Andy Gilmore read the following reports for the month of February; Police Department – Answered 384 calls, issued 221 motor vehicle summonses and assisted with 33 ambulance calls. Arrests for the month were 33 adults including 2 for aggravated assault on a police officer, 3 for burglary, 3 for driving while intoxicated, 1 for eluding police, 6 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and 4 for shoplifting. Two juveniles were arrested for simple assault and 15 out of town warrants were served.
Director of Public Works (DPW), Commissioner Bruce Greenwald reported that the DPW recycled 63,100 lbs and collected 137 tons of trash. The DPW is applauded for receiving two certificates from the Joint Insurance Fund at their annual breakfast for no loss time injuries for 2008 and for reducing their down time by 15%. Commissioner Greenwald applauded Supervisor Kenny Jones and the entire DPW staff for their continuous efforts over the past year for establishing and practicing safe working environments.
Construction Official Steve Beach reported 6 permits were issued for a total income of $458.00. $62,168.00 was collected for the calendar year of 2008 from the Construction Code Official.
Director of Finance, Mayor Joe Wolk reported that for 2008, the borough collected and estimated percentage of 97.49% in taxes. There were 3 bankruptcies resolved in 2008 with the borough receiving all open charges paid in full. Two were resolved through the bankruptcy court; one through the sale of the property and the second through a re-finance. The third was resolved through a mortgage company foreclosure on the property.
Mayor Wolk has meet with MEPRI President Paul Bibak to announce that the borough has secured the MEPRI building located on Kings Highway as the polling places for upcoming elections for 2009 and 2010 due to the relocation of the fire department.
Commissioner Greenwald wanted to remind residents of the 7th Annual Christine Eberle Memorial Foundation Easter Egg Hunt at the Shining Star Park on Harding and Lowell Avenues on Saturday, April 4th (rain date will be April 11th) at 1 pm. Parents are welcomed to bring their cameras to have their children’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
The 2nd Annual Craft Fair and Classic Car Show hosted by the Celebration Committee to be held on Saturday, April 25th from 9 am to 3 pm on West Kings Highway. More information can be found by visiting their website at www.mtephraimcelebration.com
The next Public Open Meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009 commencing at 8 pm in the borough court room located at 121 South Black Horse Pike.