SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council issued two proclamations at the regular meeting on Tuesday night.  Mayor Josh Herzberg read a proclamation declaring February American Heart Month and another honoring Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Marshall, Sparta resident Betsy Sutherland.

Hertzberg explained the need for awareness of heart health challenges.  He spoke about Sutherland explaining she and her husband had raised eight children in Sparta and run a packaging business in Andover.  She was an avid volunteer at Reverend Brown, Pope John, Knoll Heights and Birth Haven, having served in leadership positions at all of those organizations.

Sutherland was also recently recognized with Humanitarian Awards from Pope John High School and Patriots Path Boy Scout Council.  She has also visited Ireland many times according to the proclamation.

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“We are very proud the Betsy and her family chose to live in Sparta,” Hertzberg said. He told the council he will be presenting the proclamation at a meeting to be held on Sunday.

In his Manager’s Report Bill Close announced residents are now able to pay taxes and utilities in person with credit cards.

“All of the transaction fee paid by the resident goes directly to the company, the township doesn’t get anything,” Close said thanking Grant Rome for getting the service for the community. 

Close said SRECs would be sold at auction on February 14.  The anticipated revenue for the township is estimated at $20,000 to $21,000. An SREC or Solar renewable energy credit is generated by the electricity produced by the solar panels.  They are sold as a commodity to allow energy suppliers to meet their Renewable Portfolio Standards established by the state.

The township will be accepting bids to paint the Senaca water storage tank.  Bids packages will be available on the township web site and will be due in March. 

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