Commission grants ‘Good Samaritan’ status to senior citizen for medical aid

MILLVILLE — City commissioners have shone a spotlight on a high school student for being the good Samaritan during a medical emergency at a convenience store last month.

Tuesday night’s Municipal Commission meeting opened with special recognition for John Wallop. The 19-year-old was working in the deli at a Wawa on West Main and Sharp streets on December 17, 2021 when a woman had a seizure.

Wallop caught the attention of his manager and instructed him to call 911. Then he administered CPR to the fallen woman until an emergency medical services team arrived.

“We want to commend you for stepping up, for being that good Samaritan, for getting the ball rolling, for getting things done, and making sure the person was taken care of before EMS arrived,” EMS chief John Feltes told Wallop at the meeting on Tuesday. . “And give our EMS group a good report when they arrive.”

Mayor Lisa Orndorf then presented Wallop with a Good Samaritan certificate. “I hope your actions in our community and others can see this and step up to do good things as well,” she said.

In more ordinary business, commissioners held a number of staff positions, including moving to convert the position of city attorney from an appointed contractor to a full-time employee.

City attorney Brock Russell has served as the city’s lead attorney since 2015, but for a one-year absence. Russell, whose office is in Millville, will receive $162,500 under a wages order that will go to a public hearing and final vote on Feb. 1.

Vice Mayor Joseph Sooy said Russell would not receive city benefits. Sooy said an in-house legal department was also in place in Vineland and Bridgeton.

“I think in the long run it will save the city money,” said Sooy, chief revenue and finance officer. “It will definitely increase efficiency because we won’t be his client, he will be an employee. … And we will have him full-time at our disposal. We also save money, because the additional disputes he incurs are billed to us additionally. »

On Wednesday, Russell said he was okay with the move.

“The job is important enough that the city really needs a full-time attorney,” Russell said. “And I know that Vineland, I believe, has two full-time attorneys. The work really requires full time and I think I will now be able to devote 100% of my time to the city.

Millville had previously considered making the barrister a full-time position when the position was held by Richard McCarthy. The commissioners ultimately decided to stay on a contractual basis. McCarthy retired at the end of 2013, having spent around 20 years representing Millville.

In other cases Tuesday, the commission introduced an order to reinstate a nonprofit corporation to oversee its Urban Enterprise Zone program. State legislation signed last summer reinvigorated this program. The program diverts sales tax revenue from the state to the city for specific purposes.

Russell said the first edition of Millville UEZ Development Corp. was dissolved after the state took control of UEZ’s revenues ten years ago.

The ordinance outlines an 11-member board of directors for the nonprofit corporation. Members would be nominated by the mayor and approved by the commission. Two commissioners would be administrators as well as two municipal employees.

Five directors would be selected from businesses and community organizations as well as one “non-executive” member who is a resident. The order, until a public hearing on February 1, allows for the hiring of an executive director.

Additionally, Mayor Lisa Orndorf announced that former Commissioner William F. Davis has been hired as an executive assistant for the Public Affairs Department.

“Bill was a former commissioner and brings tremendous experience to this department,” Orndorf said. “And I look forward to working with him.”

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Davis served as commissioner for part of a term, winning a special election in November 2016. A vacancy was created when Commissioner James Quinn resigned in January 2016 to become a Cumberland County landowner.

Davis unsuccessfully sought re-election in November 2017 to a full term. He finished sixth with Sooy seeking a second full term, finishing seventh. He did not participate in the 2021 commission race.

Generally, the new commission is preparing to restructure the city’s economic development and planning offices.

The same order transferring the lawyer to employee status established a salary range for the director of economic and industrial development of $70,000 to $104,040.

Orndorf also said the city is looking for a full-time supervising planner, a position that recently became vacant.

In early 2020, the city entered into an agreement with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority to serve as a development consultant. The arrangement was for two years, but the city ended it mid-term.

Joe Smith is a NE Philly native transplanted to South Jersey over 30 years ago, now keeping tabs on the South Jersey government. He is a former and current senior editor of the Daily Journal in Vineland, the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, and the Burlington County Times.

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