MICKLETON- At their meeting on April 12, the East Greenwich Township Committee honored World War II veteran and Clarksboro resident Louis Marshall with a proclamation. Marshall received the honor for over 20 years of service in the community’s Commission on Senior Services.
East Greenwich Mayor Dale Archer read the proclamation, saying that Marshall had done tremendous service for the residents of East Greenwich. “It’s a pleasure to know you,” he added.
Marshall responded, “I had a lot of help from my committee, and they’re here tonight.” Archer surprised Marshall with an offer to be the Grand Marshal of September’s East Greenwich Day Parade. Marshall accepted.
Elsewhere, the Committee adopted an ordinance to exceed budget appropriation limits and to establish a cap bank until East Greenwich’s official 2016 budget is completed. Adoption of the ordinance took place after a public hearing.
Another ordinance was accepted after a public hearing that increased water and sewer connection fees for new homes or developments in the community. Archer commended the local water and sewer workers for their services.
“They always go out with the customers in mind,” observed the mayor. “They make my job a lot easier.”
And the Committee approved a resolution that authorized a shared services agreement with the Gloucester County Improvement Authority for use of stage units. “It allows us annual access to GCIA stage units for parades,” offered Solicitor Mark Shoemaker.
In old business, the Committee discussed putting together a usage policy for the town’s parks and recreation facilities. Some of the leagues contribute to the upkeep of East Greenwich fields, but the Committee maintains that the playing areas still belong to the township.
“Little League has to comply with our usage policy,” commented Committeeman Stephen Bottiglieri. “Little League doesn’t own the field, East Greenwich does.” “It would be wise to adopt a usage policy now so we can have something going forward,” Bottiglieri added.
Committeeman Richard Schober suggested reviewing a policy with the sports leagues playing in East Greenwich. He proposed adding security officers to the fields as part of the agreement. Bottiglieri supported sending a letter from Shoemaker to the leagues involved.
In his police report, East Greenwich Police Deputy Chief Chris Everwine noted that the force has been focused on traffic safety in town. Everwine reported that local police received 1,430 calls for service in February, and issued 248 traffic summonses. There were 20 arrests and 15 motor vehicle accidents.
In March, there were 1,335 calls for service, 24 arrests, 15 accidents and 200 traffic summonses issued. Everwine also announced that Patrolman Kyle Messick led the department in Narcan saves during 2015. Narcan is used to block the effects of opioid overdose.
And Everwine reported that the East Greenwich Police had undergone SWAT training at Paulsboro High School, working with Paulsboro and Gibbstown. Also, Deputy Mayor Jim Philbin mentioned that the Office of Emergency Management was still awaiting reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of about $280,000 from the damage caused by last year’s storm of June 23.