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By Anne Forline

Gloucester City News

Resident Brandon M. Libby received a Proclamation from the Borough during last week’s Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners meeting in commemoration of his appearance last month on “Jeopardy.”

Mayor Joseph Wolk made the presentation to Brandon, who is a 30-year resident of Mt. Ephraim and a product of the town’s school system.

The mayor thanked Brandon for bringing Mt. Ephraim into the national spotlight.

Brandon watched Jeopardy as a child, and always wanted to appear on the show and win lots of money. His winnings on the show totaled $31,600.

During the business portion of the meeting, a motion was made to approve vouchers totaling $822,612.13. 

The following resolutions were read and approved:

Affirming the Borough of Mt. Ephraim’s Civil Rights Policy, approving change order No. 2-Final, Delaware Avenue Project; authorizing release of performance bond and acceptance of maintenance bond for the Delaware Avenue Project; and authorizing change in the use of years 31, 32 and 33 of CDBG funds from removal of architectural barriers at Lambert Avenue facility to the Senior Center.

Also, authorizing transfers of 2011 appropriation reserves; appointing Perry Refolo of TTI Environmental, Inc. as LSRP for the Tank Removal and Remediation Project; and recognizing the creation of a regional fire alliance service between the municipalities of Mt. Ephraim, Audubon and Oaklyn.

The Commissioners additionally approved multiple mercantile license applications and a bingo/raffle license.

Commissioner Andrew Gilmore read from the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department’s Incident Report for January.

Some 27 calls were received, which included one for an alarm system, two for dwellings, five for mutual aid, 13 for motor vehicle accidents, one for public assist, one rescue assignment, one special assignment, two utility and one vehicle.

As to the Police Department, Gilmore said 390 calls were received. Among them were 10 calls for civil complaints, 11 for domestic violence, seven drug complaints, two Megan’s Law violations, 19 motor vehicle accidents and one sexual assault.

Commissioner Bruce Greenwald said there were no safety violations or incidents, and that 7,940 pounds of single stream recycling were collected. Also, he noted that potholes have been repaired. Residents can call public works at 931-2529 to report potholes.

Although the outside temperatures have people thinking otherwise, Greenwald reminded everyone that it is still winter.

If there is any snowfall, he asks residents to park in their driveways or on the odd side of the street during and after a snowfall, and to clear their sidewalks.

There was discussion about the motor vehicle accident that occurred January 28 on the Black Horse Pike. It involved a Mt. Ephraim police officer and closed a portion of the Black Horse Pike for several hours.

Mayor Wolk thanked all of the rescue professionals for doing a great job and for handling the situation with integrity. The Mayor remarked that both the officer and the other car’s occupants were not seriously injured.

During the public forum, resident George Herquet stated that he recently went to the 7-11 to play his fiddle for others to hear and enjoy his music and songs.

After playing for several hours, the police arrived and asked Mr. Herquet to leave the premises because he was “soliciting.”

  Police Captain Beppel said he would contact Mr. Herquet to look into the matter.

  Resident Terry Kappatos, spoke of the recent motor vehicle accident and said the force of the accident “shook his whole house.”

  He is concerned about the traffic around WaWa, and how cars exit the parking lot by making left turns onto the Black Horse Pike.

  Commissioner Gilmore said that they will have the state take another look at the situation.

  Resident Nicole Salamone commented on an abandoned house that was recently broken into.

  The Commissioners will hold a workshop Tuesday, February 28, at 3 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m. Both will take place in Borough Hall.


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