SPARTA, NJ – Tuesday's Sparta Township Council Meeting began later than usual at 7:50 p.m., due to the fact that the council was previously in Executive Session, and lasted a bit more than an hour.
Auditor Tom Ferry stated that the township ended the 2012 year with $3.9 million. Providing an update on the 2013 budget, Chief Financial Officer Sam Rome said “Pretty much with the expenditures we are looking at right now, we’re right at the mark where we should be.”
“The report is rather extensive, however I have been assured that Sam and I have gone over the report with Tom in great detail. A lot of the recommendations are already going into place and that a lot of them are housekeeping items,” said Town Manager David Troast during the manager’s report in regards to the 2012 Audit Report.
There was a hearing of two ordinances, both of which were adopted: 13-06 appropriating $1 million from the General Capital Improvement Fund for funding various Capital Improvements and 13-07 appropriating $760,000 and authorizing the issuance of $710,000 bonds or notes for various Water Utility System Improvements.
The following resolutions were adopted: resolution of the Township Council of Sparta authorizing the Tax Collector to prepare and mail the estimated tax bill in accordance with P.L. 1994 C.72; refund of tax overpayment; professional services resolution for the engineer; ABC Place to Place Transfer for BBT Management, Inc., t/a Liquor Factory; ABC renewals 2013-2014; resolution to cancel the accounts payable balance in the current fund; resolution to cancel the state grant fund account balances and transfer to the township of Sparta, current fund and balance; a resolution to cancel undetermined account balances in the current fund and other trust fund and to transfer to the township of Sparta, current fund and balance; resolution to cancel the general Capital Fund Account; awarding the contract of a dump truck; resolution supporting the establishment of the Sparta Township Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); and a resolution establishing procedures to monitor and ensure compliance with Federal Tax Law requirements with respect to Tax-Exempt Debt of the township.
The expenditures were approved.
The only committee with any updates was the Communications Committee, who sent out their first e-Newsletter, launched a township-wide photo contest, and started columns in The Sparta Independent and The Alternative Press.
"We are looking forward to the establishment of our safety committee under the CERT program and we are very, very excited about this. We have two teams on our Risk Management/ Public Safety Committee and right now we have tremendous support from some of the best,” said Councilwoman Christine Quinn.
“The good news that you will all love is that it is pretty much free, the training is done by FEMA. To be on the CERT you need twenty hours of training delivered through an actual instructor and we’ll then be opening the CERT training community-wide.”
Under unfinished business, the Grant Writing Services was discussed. The deadline is June 4 and the council said that it will be working on it.
In new business, Richard Luzzi was appointed as the second alternate to the Planning Board.
The next township council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
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