By Leigh Anne Hubbs
Gloucester City News
The Mount Ephraim Fire Department sponsored a spectacular 18th annual Christmas Parade of Lights on December 8.
People lined the parade route, which ran along Kings Highway and then to the firehouse via Davis Avenue and included decorated emergency vehicles as well as other floats, and a Toys for Tots collection.
December 23, Santa Claus will hand out candy canes around town during the Santa Claus Candy Cane Parade.
In other business, the Public Works Department announced that trash pick-up will not be affected by the holidays, and will be collected as previously scheduled.
Mayor Joseph Wolk said he is looking to the Taco Bell project, which should be approved by the Planning Board in the near future and will replace Jersey Girls (formerly Fantasy Showbar), located at 710 N. Black Horse Pike.
Long-time Borough employee Mickey Hartman will retire at the end of 2012.
During last week’s meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners spoke about how Mickey began as a crossing guard and worked her way up to a number of responsibilities, including Registrar of Vital Statistics and Sewer Clerk.
She had a reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty, they said.
Commissioner Andrew Gilmore read November’s Police report, which included 381 calls and 25 adult arrests.
The arrests included four for disorderly conduct, four for possession of CDS, three for solicitation, and two for burglary.
Two juveniles were arrested last month – one for disorderly conduct and the other for violating the Borough curfew. The Police Department issued 124 tickets, of which 29 were for moving violations.
Unfortunately the Fire Department is still dealing with computer issues so a report was not available.
Commissioner Bruce Greenwald announced that the Construction Office issued nine permits last month, which generated $1,320.
Single-stream recycling reached over 100,000 pounds last month, and Greenwald said that he hopes this above average trend continues.
As the colder months approach and snow becomes a possibility, residents are reminded to park on the odd side of the street in the event there is snow.
This will allow snow removal equipment as well as emergency vehicles access to all Borough roads.
The Trap-Neuter-Release program is seeking volunteers to trap feral cats, transport them for ear-tipping and neutering and return the cats to their colony after recovery.
Iinterested parties can call 856-931-1546 or email email@example.com.
Starting January 2 residents can obtain dog licenses for 2013.
The fee is $15 but a dog is not neutered the fee is $18. A rabies vaccination good through November 1 of 2013 is required.
Mayor Wolk and Commissioners Greenwald and Gilmore wish the residents of Mount Ephraim a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year.
The next Commissioners meeting will be Thursday, January 3, at 8 p.m. in Borough Hall.