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New Probationary Patrol Officer Michelle DiParisi Takes Oath at Springfield Township Committee Meeting and Other Matters

Michelle DiParisi being sworn in as Probationary Patrol Officer - #1 Credits: Jeff Rosenberg
Michelle DiParisi being sworn in as Probationary Patrol Officer - #2 Credits: Jeff Rosenberg
Police Chief John Cook welcoming Michelle DiParisi to the Police Department Credits: Jeff Rosenberg
A JCP&L representative giving an update Credits: Jeff Rosenberg

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A large crowd of Michelle DiParisi’s family and friends gathered at Town Hall for the regular Township Committee meeting Tuesday night to witness her taking the oath as Springfield’s newest Probationary Patrol Officer. Chief of Police Cook followed up with a speech extolling her virtues to the crowd and his expectations that she will make a wonderful new addition to his department.

In other matters:

A resolution was adopted appointing Deputy Township Clerk, Maryellen Brennan, as the Indoor Air Quality Designated Person for the Township of Springfield.

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Reminder that recycling can no longer be placed in dark bags. If in a bag, it must be clear. This allows the workers to be able to see the contents and if it’s not true recyclable materials, it will not be picked up.

Wendy Jones, a citizen and voice against the Pilgrim Pipeline, thanked the Committee members for passing a resolution “that the Township of Springfield strongly opposes the building of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline.” They joined other surrounding towns in opposition and their concerns will be passed onto Federal Congressional representatives, State legislative representatives and Governor Murphy.

Resident Michael Bartosh, a veteran himself, thanked Committewoman Maria Vassallo for organizing the recent “Hometown Heroes” program. Their plan is to find all living and deceased Springfield resident vets and assign each with a banner to be placed around town. They even found a vet from the American Civil War whose family still lives in town. Some banners may start to appear by the Memorial Day Parade. Vassalo’s committee collected independent donations (no government money), and they have partnered with the NJ Veteran’s Network that may be helpful with future events.

A representative of JCP&L was on hand for an update on the infrastructure. Mayor Huber commended his company’s actions during the last major electric outage saying, “You guys did a good job.” The main concern was the Waverly Ave. sub-station. It was explained that contrary to popular belief, the substation was not damaged, but the wires coming out of the facility were. Main feedback received by JCP&L was 1) extend the radius of branch trimming near wires to exceed the current 15 ft. requirement, 2) remove branches that overhang wires and are in danger of falling, pulling the wires down, and 3) get emergency crews into place quicker. Committeeman Chris Capodice said he’d heard from residents that they saw PSE & G and Comcast and Verizon trucks, but often did not see JCP&L trucks on hand. The rep explained that they utilized quite a few private contractors that were in unmarked trucks. Mr. Capodice suggested that this caused negative optics and the Rep responded that he understood the concern but the only real way around that would be for them to buy a thousand logo stickers and distribute for placement on trucks.

Other articles about the meeting:

Shehady Returns at Springfield Township Committee Meeting as ‘Government Watchdog’, Saks First Ave. Property Discussed

Calendar Items Discussed at Tuesday's Springfield Township Committee Meeting

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