SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Council handed out the Patriot Awards to local citizens and organizations at Tuesday night's meeting.

Anthony Ziccardi, Tim Finkle, the Sparta Education Foundation, the Sparta Junior Women’s Club, the New Jersey Swim Sparta and the Sparta High School Photography Club, were all honored with the Patriot Award.

“They have given outstanding service to the town and I’d like to recognize them,” said Mayor Gilbert Gibbs.

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During the Manager’s Report, Sparta Town Manager David Troast gave two updates: the projects for Sustainable Jersey was submitted to the state by the deadline, and the town earned enough points to become recertified as bronze. The Ungerman Field Water Fountain was the other update. The plumbing is being worked on, but the water lines are completed.

Ed Farmer from Millennium Strategies, based in Caldwell, held a question-and-answer session with the council during the manager’s time in regards to grant writing. His company works more on competitive grants and will research, source, write and follow-up on all grant applications for the town if hired and given a contract. The council would like to reduce their staff’s time on working with grants.

“We certainly feel confident that we can meet all of your needs,” said Farmer.

To move forward, the council will need to enter into a Professional Service Agreement with Millennium Strategies and then make a resolution.

Two ordinances were introduced: 13-08, an ordinance accepting a utility easement from Italo P. Mesias, and 13-09, an ordinance authorizing the sale of the Township’s Summit Lake Water System; both were officially introduced.

The following resolutions were adopted: a resolution to grant consent to Northern N.J. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Inc., for ABC Renewals for 2013-2013, an annual Report of Audit, a resolution to cancel the Sewer Assessment Fund Account, a resolution for member participation in a Cooperative Pricing System, a refund of Tax Overpayment and a resolution authorizing the acceptance of the 2012 Corrective Action Plan. Resolution 5-5, appointing a temporary qualified purchasing agent, was adopted after recommendation from Attorney Thomas Ryan that the verbiage be amended.

Updated to various committees were as follows: for the Crisis Management/ Public Safety Committee the CERT training will begin shortly and the team is still growing. The Municipal Alliance Committee completed an awareness program at the local schools spotlighting cyber bullying, texting, etc. to help bring awareness for the summer season. Finally, the Planning Board is discussing ways to utilize various signs throughout the town.

In unfinished business, Service Electric Cable Television, which is in contact with township attorney Thomas Ryan, said that they will meet with members of the council, but will not meet in public. Gibbs asked Ryan to file a complaint with the Board of Public Utilities, as it is stated in their contract that SEC-TV is to meet within council meetings, public included.

In New Business, deputy mayor Whilesmith appointed Kathleen Pinko to the Municipal Alliance Committee as their new Coordinator. The council is also looking into dealing with problems that may arise on July 4, like parking.

Expenditures were approved.

No one spoke during the open public sessions.

The next township council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.


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