BRIDGEPORT — At their meeting on July 19, the Logan Township Council introduced an ordinance on its first reading that would establish a speed limit of 35 mph on Cedar Swamp Road. There had previously been no limit set for the road.
Logan Township Police Chief Robert Leash noted that his department had received numerous complaints about the matter. A public hearing was set for Aug. 16 about the ordinance.
In his police report, Leash listed 1,520 calls to service during June for his department, along with 252 traffic summonses that included three DWIs. Leash also mentioned that he had attended a Chiefs seminar in Atlantic City.
In other developments, the Council passed a series of resolutions. They extended the due date for payment of Logan Township’s third quarter taxes to Aug. 24, while another approved resolution authorized the refund of fees to Sunrun Inc. regarding a voided permit for 22 Reisling Place. Sunrun provides residential solar electricity.
In another solar energy related resolution, Council authorized the advertisement of the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates through a public auction. Homes and businesses can earn SRECs based on how many kilowatt hours they generate.
Elsewhere, Council approved a payment of $84,877.80 to Richard E. Pierson Construction for the community’s 2015 road program. Also, they adopted a resolution that allowed the execution of an Urban County Qualification Cooperation Agreement with Gloucester County for the Community Development Block Grant entitlement and Home Investment Partnership Program from 2017 through 2019.
In new business, Council accepted a membership from Andrea Lockman to the Logan Township Fire Company. Council also authorized advertisement for bids for the Municipal Complex Storage Building beginning on Aug. 11.
One more resolution approved payment of $15,929.41 to Levy Construction Company for Township Line Park recreational improvements. Public Works Superintendent Mike Riley said the park improvements were almost completed.
Riley reported that his department had planted shrubs and trees and done mulching at Township Line Park, and had begun local storm drain cleaning.
Councilmember Stephen Dougherty asked about landscaping for the Township Line Park path. Deputy Mayor Chris Morris mentioned using arbor trees. Both men commended the improvements being made to the Park.
Earlier in the meeting, Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor expressed deepest condolences to Councilmember Bernadine Jackson for the loss of her husband Rich the day before the meeting. Minor noted that Richard Jackson had been a long time resident of Logan, and was very involved in the community. Morris called the loss of Jackson “devastating.”
Minor also spoke about the newsletter sent to community residents explaining the town’s large tax increase. “Most people felt good about it and said it answered all their questions,” Minor commented. “We will continue to look at the budget, and look at other ways to recoup the lost revenue.”
Councilmember Doris Hall added that most people understood Logan’s situation with Keystone Cogeneration Company, and were willing to adjust their personal budgets accordingly.
by Robert Holt