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Bill Bates

Mount Ephraim News Correspondent

The July meeting of the Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners (BOC) started off with recognizing the men and women from the borough who recently returned home from over seas by presenting them with proclamations on behalf of the towns people.  

These brave young men and women are SPC Nick Rabeau, PFC Marcus Wild, SPC Martin Coogan, SSG John Blagojevich and his wife SFC Pricilla Blagojevich all from the Army National Guard, SSGT Jeff Calhoun from the US Air Force and LTC Peter Garcia from the Army Special Operations.  All seven of these courageous individuals were warmly welcomed home and invited to be the Grand Marshall's for the July 4th Parade.

In other business an ordinance was approved designating the salaries of officers and employees of the borough.  Director of Public Affairs and Public Safety $3,500 a year, Special / Extra Police Officers $10.50 per hour, Police Clerk $32,137, Police Matron $6.97 per hour, Senior Crossing Guard $32.09 per day, Crossing Guard $31.05 per day, Safety Coordinator $1,324, Librarian $7,772, Municipal Court Judge $27,500, Court Administrator $43,244, Deputy Court Administrator ranges from $28,690 to a maximum of $37,870, Court Employees On Call Pay $25.09 per call, Court recorder $51.75 per session, Court Bailiff $3,150, Prosecutor $6,000, Public Defender $2,500, Director of Revenue and Finance $3,750, Mayor presiding at a wedding $150.00, Election Clerk $125 per election, Deputy Election Clerk $75 per election, Tax Collector $60,019, Tax Search Officer $500, Senior Clerk Typist/Tax Clerk $31,872, Chief Financial Officer $16,068, Payroll/Accounts Payable Clerk $35,479, Tax Assessor $10,919, Construction Permit Clerk $13,663, Planning Board Secretary $5,864, Clerk Typist $12.19 per hour, Public Works Supervisor $53,143 and Public Works Asst. Supervisor $49,893.

A resolution was read authorizing the advertisement for bids for the purchase of a new leaf machine to replace one that is currently owned by the borough that is no longer dependable.

Another resolution was read authorizing the purchase of a 2008 Ford Super Duty F450 DRW Regular Cab 4WD with dump body with full options under state contract for the amount of $40,012.15 from Warnock Fleet in East Hanover, NJ. 

The BOC appointed Nicholas D'Alonzo as a volunteer firefighter with the borough.  Nick will be attending the Camden County Fire Academy in the Fall.

A resolution was read re-authorizing the sale of the property at 324 Davis Avenue, Block 109, Lot 3 on the borough tax map.  The minimum sale price is $35,000.  A previous bid was rejected for $25,000.

Municipal Clerk Terry Shannon has the necessary certification to be designated as Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics.

A resolution endorsing the application and submission of a grant application and execution of an agreement for the new fire station construction project was read.  The Department of Homeland Security through the American Recovery Act of 2009 provides monetary grants to municipal and county governments for Fire Station Construction Grants.  The borough desires to further the public interest by supporting the application for a grant to fund the construction project.  The Borough Engineer, Federici & Akin will perform the required services of make, prepare and submit the application/agreement thru the Dept. of Homeland Security acting as the authorizing agent for the borough.

The Police Department answered 498 calls for the month of June.  175 motor vehicle summonses were issued compared to last years 213 for the month.    Highlights for the month were 34 EMS calls, 7 assaults, 3 burglary, 13 domestic violence, 3 driving while intoxicated, 10 drugs, 1 fraud (bad check), 6 juvenile complaints, 2 liquor law violations, 22 motor vehicle accidents, 2 shoplifting, 18 suspicious vehicle/persons, 14 theft and 15 911 verifications.  47 adults were arrested and 4 juveniles were arrested 1 for aggravated assault, 2 for criminal mischief and 1 for simple assault.   36 out-of-town warrants were served.

Department of Public Works collected 103,280 pounds of single stream recycling.   This is up 20,000 pounds from the previous month.  The DPW and the borough would like to thank the residents and the business owners for helping with the recycling program.

The Mount Ephraim BOC will next meet on Thursday, August 6 at 8:00 PM in the borough court room.