Assorted Stafford News

Mar 13, 2019

The Stafford Township Building Department issued a total of 118 permits in February, according to Councilman Thomas Steadman. Ten were for single-family dwellings and 105 were for general heating, cooling and alterations. The department also issued 25 violation letters and 65 zoning permits. Of just over 1,000 inspections conducted, most (about 700) were in Stafford, while the rest were in Eagleswood, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars and Surf City, in accordance with shared-services agreements.

Councilman Anthony Guariglia reported Stafford EMS Squad 38 responded to 244 calls in February, and its auxiliary is still looking for members. An application is available online at squad38.com.

According to Councilman Michael Pfancook, the Bureau of Fire Prevention conducted 166 initial commercial inspections; issued 12 event permits and 10 propane exchange permits; conducted two fire drills at local schools, a fire safety/ prevention event at the library and a training at Southern Ocean Medical Center; had a planning meeting with New Jersey Natural Gas; and responded to two residential structure fires and one commercial evacuation.

From the animal control department, Pfancook gave a reminder that pet licenses are now overdue for renewal, and a free rabies clinic will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m. at the Public Works garage on Haywood Road. He also gave a breakdown of the department’s 186 incidents. Domestic animals impounded at the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility were eight dogs, nine cats and four roosters. Nineteen animals were returned to their owners. Twenty-two animals were listed as expired (raccoon, possum, deer, skunk, owl, rabbit, seagull, swan, duck, heron); eight were taken for medical attention; 11 were quarantined for bites (seven dogs, four cats); 11 wildlife were removed from homes and released, and 15 were taken for long-term rehabilitation.

Beach Haven West Civic Association President Dawn Papatheodorou will get the crosswalk she asked for at the last meeting, Pfancook announced. An additional crosswalk at Mill Creek Road and Charles Boulevard will be painted and signage will go up as soon as the weather cooperates.

The recreation department is still collecting winter coats, hats and gloves for youth, he continued. Items for teens ages 12 to 16 are especially needed.

Councilman Robert Henken announced a free coaches’ certification class will be offered on Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the council meeting room. The class is presented by Rutgers and is required for anyone who wants to coach recreation sports. On another note, he said discussion is underway with Southern Regional Athletic Director Chuck Donohue about bringing Challenger Leagues to the town.

Finally, Councilman George Williams said a new “no knock” ordinance is being drafted to limit door-to-door sales in town and to prohibit harassment.

— Victoria Ford

victoria@thesandpaper.net

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