Logan Honors Two of Their Own

logan twpBy Robert Holt

BRIDGEPORT– During their meeting on Oct. 20, the Logan Township Council issued proclamations to resident Patricia McCrae and Police Sgt. Vincent Minniti for service to the community.

McCrae received a Citizen Award, while Minniti was given a proclamation for his retirement from the Logan Township Police Department.

On Sept. 22, McCrae saw a fire on the porch of her neighbor’s home on 106 Blue Jay Drive after arriving home from work. She knocked on the door and alerted the family, who immediately evacuated the home. McCrae was able to contact the Logan Township Fire Department, and there were no injuries.

“Words cannot express our gratitude for her act,” praised Logan Township Frank Minor. “It was a courageous act of heroism.”

Meanwhile Minniti was a police officer for 25 years, and spent the last 13 of them in Logan Township. “During his tenure, Sgt. Minniti has shown the utmost respect for Logan Township and its residents,” Minor said. “We recognize Sgt. Minniti for his outstanding service to the community.”

Minor called the Logan Police Department “the best of the best” in New Jersey. He added, “These men do the best they can to keep us all safe.” Logan Township Police Chief James Schmidt described Minniti as a true professional, dedicated to his work.

Another member of the Logan Police Department was recognized on the night of the meeting, as the Council approved a resolution promoting Officer Bryan Haas to sergeant. “We are extremely proud of Bryan,” Minor related. “He’s come through the ranks, and he’s done things the right way.”

Schmidt noted that Haas was also the Logan K-9 officer. “We wish Bryan well in the future,” he added.

The Council also heard an annual safety presentation from Paul Miola of the Municipal Joint Insurance Fund. Miola told them that Logan Township had received $300,000 in dividends since they joined TRICO JIF.

In action items, the Council tabled a bid for South Bridgeport Road pipe and resurfacing until their Nov. 10 meeting. Elsewhere, they accepted a bid from Levy Construction Co. for recreation improvements to Township Line Park.

Later the Council authorized adoption of the Logan Township Open Space Maintenance and Capital Plan, and approved the disposal of three surplus vehicles for scrap fair market value.

In reports, Councilmember Stephen Dougherty announced that construction of bus shelters at Beckett Road and Center Square Road had begun, and said they should be ready by the time the cold weather arrives. And Councilmember Doris Hall mentioned that Logan Township’s Beautification Committee had returned, saying that residents can take part in beautifying the community.

Public Works Superintendent Mike Riley noted that his department has been rechecking storm drains and potholes for the upcoming winter season. Also, Deputy Mayor Bernadine Jackson reported that the postponed Logan Day has been rescheduled for Nov. 7.

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