By Robert Holt
BRIDGEPORT — At their meeting on Sept. 16, the Logan Township Council passed a resolution that awarded the contract for the community’s Library Recreation Site improvements to Thinkpavers.com.
The company bid $167,691.62 for the project, while Mount Construction Co., Inc. bid $236,685. The project was put up for re-bid on Sept. 9.
Logan Mayor Frank Minor believed the work included concrete work and some landscaping. Municipal Clerk Linda Oswald mentioned that the Library was also adding a reading area.
The resolution would take effect upon approval by the township solicitor.
Council also adopted a resolution that would authorize an emergency response service agreement with the Gloucester County Department of Emergency Response. Minor said the operation would be under the auspices of Fire Chief Scott Oatman.
Another resolution passed by Council authorized the promotion of Logan Township Police Officer Robert Taylor to Patrol Officer 3rd Class. They also approved a membership to the Logan Township Fire Department by Harvey Remond, and accepted the resignations of Environmental Commission members Candia and Chris Carle.
Elsewhere, Police Chief James Schmidt announced that the force had received 1,891 calls for service in August. Schmidt said the department had held meetings with the schools and crossing guards regarding security measures for the new school year.
Minor expressed concern for the safety of Schmidt and other members of the local police, asking the Chief whether their car and office windows were bulletproof. Schmidt told him they were not. In recent months, attacks have taken place on police departments in Bridgeton and West Deptford.
Schmidt noted that the police department held an Operation Take Back, for the disposal of unused and expired medications, on Sept. 27.
In other updates, Councilmember Bernadine Jackson reported that the Logan Township Newsletter would be going out soon. And Minor said that Logan was looking to have a “Shred Day. “
Residents could bring their personal papers to be shredded at the event. “This is something we’d like to do for our community residents,” Minor explained. “We’d like to do two a year.”
Minor pointed out that the township was considering other events, because Minor said they have the assets and the resources. “We want to talk to some people about abandoned houses in the area,” he added.
Several New Jersey communities have been adding measures requiring registration of a property that has been left vacant. The mayor also noted that Logan Township expects to be adding new businesses soon.