Ramsey January 14, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 9 Mayor appoints Local Emergency Planning Committee Last week, Ramsey Mayor Christopher Botta appointed the Local Emergency Planning Committee for 2009. Michael Adams was appointed emergency management coordinator and chairman of the LEPC, for his 35th term. Glen Karpovich, Bruce Greenwood, and Sergeant Angelo LaManna were appointed deputy emergency management coordinators. Karpovich is the right-to-know officer, Greenwood is the emergency operations center officer and LaManna is public safety officer. Mayor Botta was appointed chief executive and Councilman William Jones will serve as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. Councilmen Andrew Siemsen and Councilman Art Nalbandian will also serve on the committee. Other emergency management officials include Lou Janicek, radio officer; Wayne Lemme, radiological officer; and Michael Greenshields, shelter management officer. Also appointed were James Keeney, OEM government liaison; and Claudia Monteith, OEM bioterrorism consultant. Borough officials include Borough Administrator Nicholas Saros, Borough Clerk Meredith Bendian, Health Sanitarian Leo Egan, Public Works Director William Horton, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roy Montesano. Public safety officials include Police Chief Bryan Gurney, Fire Chief Michael Scalione, Rescue Squad Chief Jon Krehel and Ambulance Corps Chief Brian Behrmann. Sgt. Frank Alcaro (ret.) will again serve as Youth and Senior Citizen Liaison. Villadom TIMES Editor Jennifer Crusco serves as media officer, Robert Pavlik is the representative from the American Red Cross, and Rockland Electric Company Community Relations Specialist Michelle Damiani is the utilities officer. Ramsey currently has a twenty one member Civilian Emergency Response Team and Ralph Venturini will serve as the program manager. Some members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee have served for many years and the new members will be undergoing an orientation during the coming year. “The State Office of Emergency Management tells us that LEPC stands for ‘Let Every Person Count,’” OEM Coordinator Adams commented. “And we utilize the expertise of the group as we update and expand our emergency operations plan, which is an on-going project.” In 2008, Ramsey OEM updated its 618 page emergency operations plan, which was approved by the State of New Jersey for four years. The group also met a federal and state mandate and became a National Incident Management System (NIMS 700) organization. A functional exercise and a full-scale, actual occurrence, exercise were conducted. The state requires only one to be staged. The SwiftReach Community Notification System, more commonly known as “Swift911,” was updated and used to alert Ramsey residents to emergency situations that had occurred. The Ramsey Board of Education also uses the Reverse 911 system to announce the closing of school. Residents who do not receive the Reverse 911 calls may call (201) 825-3400, ext. 420 to register. Ramsey is one of the few communities in Bergen County that has total control over its own lists. (continued on page 10) On Dec. 13, 2008, at 1:22 a.m., Patrolman Craig Weber observed a vehicle speeding on Franklin Turnpike. A 42year-old Creskill man was arrested for driving while intoxicated. On Dec. 18, at 11:26 p.m., Officer Diane Bornkamp was dispatched to locate a reported drunk driver on Route 17 North. The vehicle was reported via 911 from a cell phone. The vehicle was located by the officer on Norman Drive and the driver was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. On Dec. 22, at 9:15 p.m. Paramus Police reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident on Route 17 North. Ser- Borough Police Department Report geant Brian Lyman located the vehicle in the McDonald’s parking lot. 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