SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta CERT is saying farewell to founding member Alex Kloian at the township council meeting.  Mayor Molly Whilesmith read a proclamation as members of CERT, wearing their green team vests, looked on. 

Following Super Storm Sandy the township began to discuss ways community members could help in times of emergency.  Kloian, who had been CERT Trained in Thousand Oaks, California in 2002, offered his expertise.

Kloian became a certified CERT trainer in 2012 and held the first basic training course in 2013.  One of the most recent contributions made by members of CERT was to assist residents at the GO2/Warming Centers when the lights went out in Sparta in the wake of the snow and ice storm two weeks ago.

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“You and your team are assets to the community,” Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said thanking Kloian for being “very good to me and the community helping the police department.”

Councilman David Smith said he will “temporarily be stepping into Kloian’s shoes” and thanked him for his service to the community.

Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn said Sparta’s CERT was the second in the county and is the largest program in the county.  “Your mark will stay on this town long after you leave,” Quinn said.

“Thank you everyone, town council members, Chief and my wife and children for giving me the opportunity to server the community,” Kloian said.  “I hope we continue to have CERT in Sparta.”