Morton Borough Council appointed a veteran member of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. to be the borough fire marshal.

Mayor Maureen Piselli administered the oath of office to Dean Kemp at Council’s July meeting. Kemp, 34, joined the volunteer organization 20 years ago. He was named fire chief four years ago. A life-long Morton resident, Kemp graduated from Springfield High School and from Delaware County Community College. He works for United Parcel Service.

In his report to Council on fire company activities, Kemp said Kiddie Manufacturing Co. donated 25 carbon monoxide detectors to the fire company for distribution to families who are in need of the life-saving device.

“They (Kiddie) are also looking into donating smoke detectors as well,” Kemp said, adding that the fire company has contacted other companies who manufacture detectors in an effort to get more donations to distribute to residents who need them.

Council President Mario Cimino issued a call to cat lovers in the community to step up and help other volunteers who are working to control stray cats.

“We need cat lovers in neighborhoods to help us help the cats,” Cimino said. “We’re hoping to reduce the population by attrition through spay and neuter programs.”

Residents wishing to join the humanitarian effort should contact Borough Hall. Councilwoman Michelle Miller, a self-described cat lover, has already been involved in the rescue of stray felines that often includes litters of kittens.

In another matter, Cimino noted that the recent sale of a used police car that brought in $1,801 through the use of Municibid, a municipal disposal website, shows that the sale of surplus borough equipment on that site has gone up over the past five years.

Following up on a discussion that began at last month’s meeting, Council gave the nod for a formal letter to be sent to the Springfield School Board asking that the school board add the name of “Morton” to the name of the Springfield School District.

“We of Morton Borough find no reason–historical, economic or political–that our shared vision and commitment to our future generations should not be represented as a shared community with the proper names of both our towns included in the official title of our combined school district…It is the right time and the right thing to do,” the letter stated in part.

Dean Kemp is the newly appointed fire marshal in Morton.

Dean Kemp is the newly appointed fire marshal in Morton.

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