Mt. Ephraim Volunteer Fire Dept. has Logged 36,098 Hours to Date
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
By Leigh Anne Hubbs
Gloucester City News
After the Mount Ephraim Wawa opened, borough officials noticed an increase in the number of accidents occurring on the stretch of Black Horse Pike in front of the convenience store.
In an effort to increase safety, the Board of Commissioners approved a "no left turn" restriction for vehicles turning onto Black Horse Pike from 4th Avenue. This intersection is across the street from Wawa's entrance and exit. The amendment is to the borough's Traffic Ordinance, and the new law will take effect once the sign is installed.
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In other news leaf collection will commence this month, said Commissioner Bruce Greenwald, who advised residents that collection schedules will be posted around the borough in the coming weeks.
Commissioner Andrew Gilmore said the Fire Department responded four fires, three mutual aid calls and six accidents in addition to many other calls in the month of October.
The all-volunteer department has logged over 36,098 hours to date.
Last month the Police Department received 394 calls for crimes including assault, burglary and drug offenses. Also, there were 28 adults arrests, including one for aggravated assault on a police officer and two for soliciting.
Two households in Mt. Ephraim have been the target of repeated mischievous property damage ranging from being egged to slashed tires and spray paint on their vehicles.
The residents said they made police reports after each incident, and that the crimes are occurring between midnight and 6 a.m.
Police Captain Brian Beppel said he will compile the reports so that patrol officers are aware of this issue.
Another resident said he is concerned about the structural integrity of a vacant Remington Avenue property because the basement is full of water. He said he will file a formal complaint which through the "unsafe buildings" ordinance will allow building inspectors to check the property.
Commissioners approved mercantile licenses for East Coast Martial Arts and Fitness of 61 W. Kings Highway, and Jersey Girls Gentlemen's Club of 710 Black Horse Pike.
In the Public Works report, Greenwald said employees installed the beautiful fall banners alongside Kings Highway, and have also painted crosswalks and stop bars around town.
Mayor Joseph Wolk said the 16th annual Fire Department Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 11.
Wolk and the Commissioners wished everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. The next meeting will be Thursday, December 2, at 8 p.m. in Borough Hall.