GOVERNING BODY INTRODUCES ORDINANCE TO SELL SEWER SYSTEM

The Governing Body introduced Ordinance 08-18, "Authorizing the Sale of the Borough's Municipally Owned Wastewater Collection System" at the July 5 commission meeting.  This step is the result of an extensive study and eventual creation of a detailed Request for Bids seeking proposals for such a sale. Bids were due on June 6 and one bid was received from NJ American Water in the amount of $1.4 million dollars.  A sub-committee consisting of the Borough Engineer, Solicitor, Public Works Manager, Financial Consultant and Commissioner of Public Works, extensively reviewed the proposal and met with the Bidder's representatives.  After much discussion, they unanimously recommended to the Commissioners that it was in the best interest of the borough to proceed with the sale process.  At a recent caucus meeting, the Commissioners had a chance to question NJAW representatives in detail.  They concluded that based on the information received, it is in the best interest of the community to proceed with the sale process.  Introduction of the ordinance is the first step in the process.  Information about this process will be made available to the public and a public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the August 2 commission meeting at 7pm.  After hearing any public comments, the Commissioners will determine if the ordinance should be adopted and a vote will be held.  If adopted, the Clerk will notify the Board of Elections to include a referendum question on the November 6 ballot.  Mt. Ephraim voters will have an opportunity to vote on the sale of the sewer system at the November election.  If the voters approve sale of the sewer system, Borough officials will proceed with the sale and the process of transferring the assets and the billing to the new owner within six months of the referendum.  Click on the following link to view the full ordinance:  08-18 Sale of Sewer System

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T-N-R PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

We have dedicated volunteers who are working to trap, spay/neuter feral cats.  They can always use more help.  If you are an animal lover and would like to get involved, or to report feral cats and/or kittens in your neighborhood, please call Borough Hall at 856-931-1546 and ask for Terry or email boroclerk@mountephraim-nj.com.  We can always use food and monetary donations to help pay for the spaying/neutering.  Food and money can be dropped off at Borough Hall. 

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Online payments for taxes and sewer

We now accept online payments for taxes and sewer.  Be advised there is a fee for this service as follows: 

        e-check or ACH debit-$1.05; Debit card-$3.95;

         credit card 2.95% of payment amount.

Click here to make an Online payment for taxes and sewer

 

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INFORMATION ON RAFFLES & BINGO

Any organization that wants to conduct a basket auction, 50/50, designer bag bingo, or any other kind of raffle must have a license.  The organization must first be licensed by the state of New Jersey to conduct games and then a separate license is required for each game to be held from the municipality where the games will be conducted.  For more information on obtaining a gaming license from the state, you can go to the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission website. Once you have your gaming license, contact the Municipal Clerk to obtain a license for the individual games to be held.  Paperwork for a raffle/bingo license must be received a month before your scheduled event.  We must have three notarized and originally signed copies of the application.  Each application must be signed by two officers of the organization.  Contact the Municipal Clerk at 856-931-1546 or via email at boroclerk@mountephraim-nj.com.   

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          Pictured from left to right:  Commissioner "Traz" Tovinsky,

              Mayor Joseph Wolk and Commissioner Andy Gilmore.