by Robert Holt
First, Mayor Frank Minor acknowledged the induction of Township Solicitor Brian Duffield into the Gloucester County College Hall of Fame. Then as part of the evening’s police report, Officer Andrew Keleshian announced that Logan Township Chief of Police James Schmidt was certified as a Chief of Law Enforcement Executive.
Speaking of Duffield, Minor said, “We all know and love Brian. Now his name will forever be emblazoned on the walls of Gloucester County College.”
Duffield is part of a law firm in Mullica Hill. He was inducted along with seven other GCC alumni at a ceremony in September.
Schmidt received his certification from the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association. Active police officers that are chief of their state departments are eligible to apply for the credential.
The Association put together the certification program on a voluntary basis for officers who are looking to elevate their individual performances and professional standards.
Keleshian reported that the Police Department responded to 1,947 calls for service and issued 208 motor vehicle tickets for August. And during the meeting, the Council approved a resolution promoting Officer Robert Taylor to Patrol Officer Fourth Class.
Other approved resolutions authorized the township to purchase fire and rescue equipment with Holmatro Rescue Equipment, and to buy computer equipment and software with Dell Marketing LLC, both under separate state contracts.
And Logan also authorized the execution of a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Transportation regarding municipal state aid in 2014 for Phase 2 of the Beckett Road project.
Another resolution authorized an agreement for the township to participate in a commodity resale system with Gloucester County. ‘The Department of Community Affairs participated in shared services programs with other communities regarding items like salt for the wintertime and brine,” commented Administrator Lyman Barnes. “Now they’re calling it commodity resale.”
After a public hearing, the Council passed an ordinance that created a chapter entitled, “Municipal Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund” for the community. Money contained in this fund will be used for propositions related to such subjects that are approved by township voters.
In Public Works, Superintendent Mike Riley reported that his department has kept busy filling in potholes, and has been checking on inlets and bringing them to where they need to be.
At the beginning of the meeting, Minor offered condolences and prayers for all who had been affected by the Washington Navy Yard shootings the previous day.