Government

Sparta Township Council Honors Citizens With Patriot Awards

4a747e0d2dc2cdc3ad5a_004.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Fratangelo
f9cbec8dde4ef2a8bd31_005.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Fratangelo
87093e84a216b9dd0354_006.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Fratangelo
4a747e0d2dc2cdc3ad5a_004.JPG

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

 

Follow The Alternative Press for Sussex County News and information, as well as news and information on The Alternative Press of Sussex County's Facebook Page.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: DWI Sparta Man Crashes in his Own Yard

April 25, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man faces driving while intoxicated charges after crashing his car into a tree.  On April 22 around 4 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to the home of Mitchell Panten, 61, on Sagamore Trail following up on the report of an accident, police say.

Finley found Panten had hit the tree in his front yard when backing into his driveway.  Panten was ...

Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Sparta Woman After Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On April 21 around 11:10 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Joe Antonello stopped Marina Scheer, 20, because the license plate on her green Toyota was bent making it impossible to read, according to police.

When Antonello spoke with Scheer he smelled marijuana in the car.  Scheer said there had been a passenger ...

Plane Crashes into Lake Aeroflex in Sussex County Park

NEWTON, NJ—A one-manned plane crashed into Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park around 11:30 this morning.

“I heard the plane cut out, then I saw it turn left and flatten out, and then it landed in the lake,” passerby Justin Leyman said. “It took the rescue crews about a minute or so to get the pilot out of the lake."

The plane was completely ...

The Issue of Alternatives to Elected School Boards

April 14, 2018

The time of electing local school boards should come to an end. According to the National School Boards Association, “the local school board is a critical public link to public schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve their communities in several important ways. First and foremost, school boards look out for students. Education is not a line item on the school ...

Newton Mayor’s continued attacks

Mr. Levante has once again made himself out to be the victim and attacked numerous people in the process.  His latest social media antics lashed out against current council members, council candidates and TAPInto Newton.  With this considered, I have a few comments for him:

First, you have indeed facilitated some positive changes in Newton.  I have not found many people ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 29, 3:30 PM

Codey Arena, West Orange

Girls Try Hockey Free Clinic

Sports

Fri, May 4, 7:00 PM

Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta

Veritas Christian Academy presents The Music Man

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_1d32c56f1d9651d97a4d_4571683b0fc541ec405e_360_x_300_image_for_website_posts_copy

Sun, May 6, 7:00 AM

Liberty State Park, Jersey City

11th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_59b77f3aedb9c701f6a4_sparta_historical_society

Thu, May 10, 6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, Sparta

Creating a Pollinators Garden - Talk & Plant Sale

Education Home & Garden

Sun, May 13, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Sun, May 27, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Newton Council Candidates Call for Elections to be Moved

April 12, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – Four candidates for the Town of Newton Council have the same idea; move the election for council members to the November general elections.  Candidates Matt Dickson and Jason Schlaffer and Ludmilla Mecaj and Wayne Levante just do not agree on how to make that happen.

As a Faulkner Act town, Newton originally established their non-partisan elections to be held separately ...

TAPinto Paterson Video: Paterson Police Officer Tamby Yagan Laid to Rest

April 25, 2018

WAYNE, NJ- The precision of well over 1000 police officers coming to attention was a sad reminder of the all too frequent line of duty deaths the profession faces on an annual basis.

According  to “Officer Down Memorial Page”, 135 law enforcement officers lost their lives on duty in 2017.

The pipes and drums played in unison, honor guards raised their flags, a New ...

7 Tips For Using Mirrors in Your NJ Home

Mirror, mirror on the wall, how to decorate with them, if at all? First of all, mirrors serve as the perfect complement to nearly any space, so should definitely be incorporated in your New Jersey home decorating.  Secondly, if used thoughtfully, mirrors add considerable value to a space both aesthetically and functionally. So how should you bring on the mirrors? Team Nest Builder offers ...

You Could WIN a New Roof Through No Roof Left Behind

If you live in Sussex, Morris or Warren County and your home needs a new roof, you’re in luck! Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding will be giving away a free roof to a family in one of these counties through the national No Roof Left Behind program.

Nominations are being accepted through May 31st online only.  Nominate yourself or anyone you know who needs a new roof. Nominees must ...

Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in Majority of US

Great news for first-time New Jersey home buyers! The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report.

The updated numbers show that renting a three-bedroom property in the United States requires an average of 38.8% of income.

The least ...

Home Buying Myths Slayed

Team Nest Builder wants YOU to know the truths about buying a New Jersey home!

Some Highlights:


The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!


Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers.


88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!


The credit score requirements for mortgage ...

Buy A Home To Build Your Family's Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. Team Nest Builder wants you to understand what that means for homeowners and their equity positions.

As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home ...

Now’s the Time to Buy Your NJ Luxury Home

House no longer fits your needs? Planning on buying a New Jersey luxury home? Now is the time to do so!

Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds the number of people searching to purchase these ...

Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheer: Links to Registration for Athletes and Coaches

April 25, 2018

Sparta Spartan Youth Football has opened registration for the Fall 2018 season:

Tackle Football - Grade 1-8 now through June 1

Flag Football - Co-Ed Grades Kindergarten -12 now through August 1

Sparta Cheer Registration

The program is also looking for coaches:

Tackle Football coaches  apply by May 15

Flag Football coaches apply by August 15.

Sparta Youth Football ...