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Mt. Ephraim Residents Upset About Speeding Vehicles

By Leigh Anne Hubbs

Gloucester City News

Mount Ephraim residents expressed concern over vehicles which use residential streets as a cut-through to avoid traffic on the Black Horse Pike during the recent Board of Commissioners meeting.

A resident of West Buckingham Avenue said speeding is especially bad during the morning and Wolkevening rush hour, and that many people are worried about the potential of injury to pedestrians.

Police Chief Edward Dobleman said that he had recently run radar at the intersection of James and Center and found that if drivers even suspect a police presence they tend to slow down.

Mayor Joseph Wolk (photo) said he would contact Public Works to see about having more 25 mph signs installed, and that he knows how the residents feel as he himself lives on one of the cut-through streets.

In other news, as the cooler weather is now here, and Commissioner Bruce Greenwald reminded residents to park on the odd side of the street if off-street parking is not available prior to a snowstorm.

Also, he asked that people remove snow from sidewalks in a timely manner so that pedestrians do not have to walk in the street.

Commissioner Andrew Gilmore commended the Mt. Ephraim Celebration Committee for the wonderful job they did with this year’s Halloween Parade, adding that it had a great turnout as it was the most attended parade to date.

For the month of October the Police Department received 390 calls, issued 213 motor vehicle summons and made 33 arrests.

Some of the arrests included: three for shoplifting, two for harassment, two for theft, two for possession of CDS and two for possession of drug paraphernalia.

  Last month the Fire Department completed 44 assignments. Some of the incidents included: 16 motor vehicle accidents, nine calls for mutual aid, four fire investigations and three highway hazards.

  Year-to-date the volunteers have responded to 362 fires and have logged over 27,000 man hours.

  Commissioner Greenwald said the Borough will be saving money through shared services with other small towns.

  Mount Ephraim will be sharing a brine machine with Gloucester City and Bellmawr, and also a trash truck with Bellmawr.

  Mayor Wolk along with Commissioners Gilmore and Greenwald wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and also reminded residents that the 17th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10.

  The next Commissioners meeting will be Thursday, December 1, at 8 p.m. in Borough Hall.

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