SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Town Manager David Troast's staff is reviewing the four options given for the town’s solid waste bid, he revealed at Tuesday's township council meeting. They are looking for the most appropriate, user-friendly and cost-effective option for Sparta, and Troast will be discussing putting bins in with attorney Thomas Ryan.
Troast’s staff is also working on a professional services contract, which they recommended the approval of the appraisal system, and a farmland preservation application. For the latter, the staff recommends in support of the application with the addition that the land that is being discussed, which is located in a preservation area, but is commercially owned, needs to be, in part, available for the potential expansion of Route 15.
The final item in the manager’s peport was an update on the DPW Generator issue that was discussed at the prior meeting. Troast is investigating the situation that took place involving the borrowing of municipal facilities/items. He will be providing the council with a confidential report at the next meeting's Executive Session.
An introduction of an ordinance amending the Sparta Township Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) was approved. The changes made were that the First Aid Council was removed from the Committees section and that Outreach Services and Community Services were added to the Special Events Section.
The following resolutions were adopted: professional services resolutions for an engineer, appraisal services and grant writing; a one day ABC Permit for the Samaritan Inn; a refund of the Tax Overpayment; and resolutions to credit the water account and to cancel taxes on exempt property.
Updates were given for the following committees. Deputy Mayor Molly Whilesmith mentioned that the Municipal Alliance Committee was looking at fundraising options and ways to utilize their Facebook page. Councilwoman Christine Quinn explained that a Youth Forum will be getting underway in September and that the Crisis Management and Public Safety Committee has been renamed Sparta Township Emergency Preparedness or STEP. The CERT Team falls under the aforementioned renamed committee and Councilwoman Quinn said that they are still looking at classes for members to take.
"Everything is headed in a great direction,” said Councilwoman Quinn.
Three volunteers were recommended and approved to committees. Two volunteers were added to the Economic Development Committee and one volunteer was appointed to the CERT team.
Mayor Gilbert Gibbs said that PSE&G will be buying Sparta a police vehicle using money left over from a former settlement, and that the town is looking into obtaining smart lights to be put in by Reverend Brown School and Helen Morgan School.
There were three citizens that spoke up during the open public sessions.
First was Anthony Berardi who was upset over the condition of Park Lake Road.
“The condition of the road is horrendous. I’m running the possibility of losing tenants,” said Berardi. Troast said that he will be contacting the town engineer to get a report in order and once that is complete he will contact Berardi.
Keith Smith was concerned about the maintenance of former Eagle Scout projects at the soccer fields, where graffiti is covering the walls, and whose job it was to maintain them. In this case it is the Sparta Soccer Club, whom Mayor Gibbs said he would remind to take care of it. In the future Adopt a Park will be handed the Eagle Scout projects for maintenance.
The final speaker was Winfred Ginder, who was looking for clarification on a few issues. Hee wanted to know if the public would get a say in the DPW Generator issue and he was told that they would in some aspect. He also wanted clarification on the gun safety link that will be added to the town website and Deputy Mayor Whilesmith assured him that it is just a static informational page.
The Sparta Township Council includes Mayor Gilbert A. Gibbs, Deputy Mayor Molly Ann Whilesmith, Councilman Jerry J. Murphy, Councilman John E. Schon, Councilwoman Christine Quinn, Municipal Clerk Mary J. Coe, Attorney Thomas Ryan and Township Manager David Troast. Neither Murphy nor Schon were in attendance at this meeting.