Police & Fire

Ogdensburg Fire Department To The Rescue At The New Jersey Shore

Ogdensburg's Borough Council at work Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Fire Chief Rick Keslo reports on the 8 loads of food and clothing they brought to the shore Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Building Inspector Kevin Kervatt and Board of Health Secretary Donna Paiva Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Bob Peist, Ogdensburg Historical Society, reports on the Scrap Metal Drive Credits: Jennifer Murphy


OGDENSBURG, NJ – The Ogdensburg Fire Department received congratulations and thanks from Mayor Steve Ciasullo at yesterday's Ogdensburg Borough Council Meeting, for all the help they gave to the New Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. 

Fire Chief Rick Keslo reported that after following proper procedures to obtain permission to do so, one of Ogdensburg’s rigs travelled down to the Pioneer Fire Company in Brick, N.J., to cover stations for them. They worked a straight 24-hour period. 

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Volunteers also helped out in Hopatcong and Vernon.

Besides the "hands on" help, they took eight loads of food, clothing, and toys to three different locations: Union Beach, Brick, and around Seaside. He reported that many of the schools were “wiped out,” and are looking for desks, chairs, and supplies.  Wayne Ingerto, council president, said he would speak to representatives at the Ogdensburg Elementary School.

Rachel Slater, President of the Ogdensburg Ladies Auxiliary, made arrangements with Kuiken Brothers, Roxbury, to have $5,000 worth of sheetrock donated, which they delivered.

Ciasullo commended their company for their generosity and willingness to help out.

In other business:

The council agreed to begin forming the Ogdensburg 100th Anniversary Committee, which will consist of:  the mayor and two members of the borough council, and two volunteers from  each of the following groups: the historical society, the first aid squad, the fire department, the Ogdensburg Recreation Association, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, two residents, and two local businesses. The first meeting will take place in January 2013.

The Ogdensburg Historical Society held a successful scrap metal drive on November 3, where they raised $500, which will go toward the roof repair on the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Bob Peist approached the committee to ask if the remaining $200 of the stipend they receive from the town could be carried over to next year, and added to that line of roof repair, to which he was told "yes."  Up until a few years ago, Hartman Roofing inspected and repaired the roof for about $600 per year.  The two workers got sick, and have not been not able to continue the work. Peist is looking for a contractor qualified in fixing slate roofs.

Ciasullo asked Peist for figures on what was spent in the past, and asked, “Is it (the slate roof) worth keeping?”   

Board of Health Secretary Donna Paiva reported that more feedback is needed from shared services of the Animal Control provider. 

Paiva said, “There are 44 unlicensed dogs in town,” meaning they were previously registered, but the license was not renewed.

Councilman John Hann recommended reinstituting the townwide pet census, conducted by a local teen during the summer months.

Paiva also reported on a new service being contemplated, that of recycling “e-waste,” or old, broken electronics.  After discussion, she will check to see if they can bring the dumpster and remove it on the same day. 

Leaf and brush pick-up will take place this week, and end with the last pick-up for the season on Thursday and Friday of this week. 

The Municipal Alliance, a group designed to fight illegal drug use, is looking for a home to host a Teen Canteen, to give teens a place to go one or two Friday evenings per month. They already have a ping pong table, an X-Box, some TV’s and a futon to get started.

The next Municipal Alliance meeting will be held Wednesday, November 28, at 7pm at the Ogdensburg Borough Hall.


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