Tuckerton Police Finish Rogers Accreditation Project

Mar 01, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Mayor Sue Marshall (right) reads the proclamation declaring Feb. 28 as Rare Disease Day. She is flanked by Jon Miller, his wife, Amanda, and son Evan, who has a rare nutritian absorption condition, and Christine Grabowski, who has a rare ‘chiari’ condition.

Tuckerton Police Chief Michael Caputo said there is just one more obstacle to clear before the Tuckerton Police Department receives accreditation from the Rogers Group. The department has been working over a year on completing the process that updates operating procedures.

“It was a tedious process, but there is one more hurdle; on March 9, I go before the governing board of commissioners and answer questions,” Caputo told the Tuckerton mayor and council at their Feb. 21 meeting. “I don’t foresee any problem, and after the commission meeting, they usually present the credentials, so I think we can shoot for March 20 (the next municipal meeting).”

Mayor Sue Marshall congratulated the chief and the force, particularly Lt. Anderson and Sgt. Olsen, who completed the bulk of the paperwork.

The advantages of being credentialed is “everything is in black and white,” said Caputo. “There are no gray areas.”

And there may be insurance discounts for being an accredited agency, he added.

To begin the regular municipal meeting, Marshall asked for a moment of silence to remember Tuckerton Historian Barbara Bolton, who passed away Feb. 10. Bolton was president of the Tuckerton Historical Society for many years and also acted as the curator. She loved her town and her church and will be missed by many. “We extend our sympathies to her family,” said Marshall.

Marshall also proclaimed Feb. 28 as Rare Disease Awareness Day and asked Jon Miller, his wife, Amanda, and their son Evan plus Christine Grabowski to accept the proclamation. Miller is president and founder of the National Organization for Tyrosinemia Awareness; tyrosinemia is a rare disorder that affects the ability to digest protein. Grabowski is a local advocate for chiari and syringomyelia, two rare disorders that affect the spine.

Rare diseases are often called orphan diseases because they do not get the attention from drug companies or research teams because drugs to treat them are unprofitable.

Councilman Keith Vreeland, who is also a member of the land use board, said neighbors on Wood Street are happy to see some progress on the “Yellow Brook” development, which had gone idle for the past year. Vreeland said Roger Mumford Homes is moving forward with filling holes on the property and is planning to start building a model home over the next several months. The property was permitted for rental homes, but these will be fee simple (sold).

Attorney Howard Butensky, now retired, said in cleaning out his offices on North Green Street, he had found a map of the borough with the date of 1778 and signed Captain Harold Driscoll. The map has not been authenticated, and it is known that the Tuckerton Historical Society had reprinted a map of Tuckerton and sold it for many years at its annual flea market.

The council accepted the framed map and promised to hang it prominently.

Butensky said Ocean County now owns the property where his office was located.

— Pat Johnson


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