Councilman Ray Bider stated at Council’s October 26, 2017 meeting: “All of our State funding and State aid will be coming in at 100%. We’re very fortunate there.”
The Best Practice Inventory was submitted on October 19 and Bider said: “There were four findings that were corrected and certified by Chief Administrative Officer, Josh Tregear, and Chief Financial Officer, Maria Fasulo.”
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Continuing with his Committee report, Bider congratulated Keith Williams, who was promoted to Sergeant, Harry Sturgis who was hired as Class II Special Officer, and Sgt. Mike Ryan who recently retired.
Sgt. Keith Williams is promoted to Sergeant to the Bellmawr Police Dept. (All photos by SJO)
Harry Sturgis is sworn in as Class II Special Officer to the Bellmawr Police Dept.
Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh honors Sgt. Mike Ryan with a plaque in recognition of his recent retirement. Also pictured are Capt. Scott Parker and Lt. Mike Draham. Sgt. Ryan was recognized for 20 years of service to the Borough and commended for his commitment to traffic safety and six years of service with K-9 Eammon.
Bider also congratulated Frani Wright, who has been appointed as acting Borough Clerk. “We look forward to working with you,” Bider said.
Bider also said that a “flag mailbox” is now located at Borough Hall. Once it becomes at least halfway full, the VFWs and the Boy Scouts will take the flags for a ceremony to properly burn them. The Boy Scouts will receive badges for it, he said.
Fran Wright is sworn in as Acting Borough Clerk by Borough Solicitor, Robert Messick.
Excerpts from Committee Reports
Councilman Jamie Casey
Councilman Casey said that because of a shared services agreement with Audubon Park, Borough workers were doing a “great job” redoing a building, constructing a ramp, and painting there.
Councilman Sauter congratulated Wright and said he looks forward to working with her. “I’m sure you’re going to do a fantastic job, as you always have.”
Sauter also congratulated Sgt. Keith Williams on his promotion and said: “It is well deserved. He’s been a member of our department for quite some time and deserves his new position.”
Sauter offered his “best to Harry Sturgis and to Mike Ryan on his well-deserved retirement.”
Under Public Works, the Kingston Avenue reconstruction was completed on October 13. There were 643 man hours exhausted on that project, Sauter said.
Shared services projects are working well with Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City.
The water tower project is moving along. Materials were delivered for the new tower on October 16.
Mavic Drone Photo taken Nov. 23, 2017 by SJO
Sauter said that one of the contractor’s workers was injured on the job, sent to the hospital, but was back on the job the following day.
Sauter also spoke about a problem with the turnpike pumping station and thanked water department supervisor, George Reinnles, for his diligence. As per Resolution #10-232-17, Council authorized $45,000 for an emergency repair.
Leaf collection dates are noted on the Borough calendar. “Look for postings on poles with pick-up dates. Please be mindful of the drainage and do not put your leaves in the street,” Sauter stated.
Because of leaf season, the reconstruction of Leaf Avenue will be moved to early spring, he said.
Councilman Steve Hagerty
Councilman Hagerty congratulated Wright and the police officers.
Hagerty said that Chief Jim Burleigh did a “great job with fire prevention. They stopped at all the local schools, even Larc School and taught the youngsters about fire safety. A few guys took off from work and helped with that.”
(Photos: Courtesy Bellmawr Fire Dept.)
Regarding the Resolution approving C.J. Ruff as a full-time EMS employee, Hagerty said: “C.J. is also a volunteer fireman and has been with the department as a part-timer. We welcome him.”
Hagerty stated that Bellmawr resident, Jim Leary, recently passed away and was a major part of the Purple Eagles for 20 years. Leary was to be honored at a home game with a moment of silence and the flag lowered at half-staff, Hagerty said.