MICKLETON — At their meeting on April 23, the East Greenwich Township Committee paid tribute to Municipal Clerk Sue Costill for her 43-year career with the community. Costill announced her retirement would be effective after April 30.
“Sue is really the foundation of the entire department,” stated East Greenwich Mayor Dale Archer. “I’m in my seventh year, and I learn something new every time I meet her. We are thankful for your guidance, years of service, and your impact on the entire community.”
“This is a better township because of your efforts,” Archer said as he presented Costill with the key to the city of East Greenwich. The mayor recognized people in attendance from the Clerks Association, township employees, and members of the volunteer East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue.
Former East Greenwich Mayor Fred Grant was in attendance, saying “Many of us have come and gone, but you have always been here. You did whatever it takes to get things done.”
Susan Costill said it felt like time for her to move on. “I know I’m going to miss it,” she admitted. “I really enjoyed working with everyone.”
The clerk set to take over for Costill is Elizabeth McGill. “We’re very excited to have her on board,” commented Archer.
Another highlight of the meeting saw the Committee adopt their 2019 budget. Their budget was introduced in March and saw no tax increase for the fourth consecutive year.
“We continue to do more with less,” observed Archer. “We’ve still been able to provide the residents those vital services to which they’ve become accustomed.” The mayor pointed out that all township employees had received two percent raises.
In ordinances, the Committee approved the amending of Title 6 of the township’s code on animals. “This allows us to research any incident of animal abuse that took place in town,” Archer explained.
Another adopted ordinance allowed the appropriation of $40,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund Balance for improvements to the municipal buildings. “This is for upgrading and remodeling the police department,” Archer noted.
The Committee authorized the police department to advertise for a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class I. They also adopted a resolution that approved a grant application and contract submission with the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the Quaker Road resurfacing project.
Another resolution permitted the township to start utilizing a Fulton Bank credit card. Archer explained that the current system of receiving invoices and having Costill stamp his name on it had become time consuming.
“We will now be able to swipe the credit card and reduce the amount of work on employees,” Archer said. “It will reduce a lot of our workload and save us some money. “I’m grateful to Fulton Bank.”
In new business, Archer remarked about a free shred event in the community on April 13, saying that over 280 vehicles passed through. He also credited Public Works Manager Anthony Rossett for having the Little League fields ready for opening day.
Earlier in the meeting the Committee issued a proclamation to Scout Jacob Natkin for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. “We’re very proud of him as an East Greenwich resident,” praised Archer. “A lot of years and effort go into becoming an Eagle Scout. You will look back on this later as a very important moment in your life.”
east gre by Robert Holt