BOROUGH - IMPORTANT CURRENT TOPICS
HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION - SCHOMER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS
The Human Relations Commission is currently accepting applications for their annual Schomer Scholarship Award. Thos who are eligible are students who are enrolled in the Haddonfield Memorial High School or Middle School, or a Haddonfield resident of high school or middle school age. Applications are available on the Human Relations Commission page of the Borough website, as well as through this link. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019.
PRESS RELEASE: COMMISSIONERS TABLE THE FINANCIAL AGREEMENT FOR THE BANCROFT PROPERTY
On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 the Commissioners unanimously decided to table the proposed financial agreement with the developer for the Bancroft site. The Commissioners heard the conserns of the Board of Education regarding revenue sharing and residents concerning future tax reductions at Bancroft. The financial agreement as proposed will NOT be advanced. The Commissioners plan to work with the Board of Education and the developer to advance a revised financial plan for taxation at the Bancroft site that addresses these concerns and creates a fair plan for all current and future Haddonfield residents. It is our goal to complete this revision and place it on the agenda for initial public discussion at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on April 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall.
UPDATE ON THE FINANCIAL AGREEMENT FOR THE BANCROFT PROPERTY BY THE HADDONFIELD BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
On February 26, 2019 the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance authorizing a Financial Agreement between the Borough and 2 Hopkins Lane Urban Renewal, LLC for the housing development at Bancroft. Second Reading and Public Hearing were scheduled for March 12, 2019; however, at this point the Commissioners have decided that they will table the ordinance at that meeting until April 23, 2019 (CORRECTION - THE MEETING DATE IS APRIL 30, 2019). They will continue to review their options before taking further action on the ordinance.
Posted 03/06/2019; Updated 03/07/2019
AFFORDABLE HOUSING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
At the February 26, 2019 Commissioner Meeting a resolution authorizing the signing of a settlement agreement with Fair Share Housing Corporation (FSHC) was tabled to give residents a chance to review the agreement. The resoltuion will be included on the March 12, 2019 Commissioner Meeting agenda for consideration by the Board of Commissioners. Click here to review the settlement agreement.
PSE&G electrical work on West Park Ave
PSE&G will be upgrading the electrical system on West Park Ave between Washington and Wariwck. Please see the letter below for full details.
Posted February 28, 2019
Letter from Commissioner Moscatelli to Residents
During the last Commissioner’s Meeting on February 26 a settlement agreement for a lawsuit with Fair Share Housing was introduced. After the Mayor’s remarks I spoke at length regarding affordable housing in an attempt to calm fears.
During my years as Commissioner, I have heard from many residents that are genuinely frightened of affordable housing, firmly believing it will bring all manner of economic and societal ills to town, and feel the Borough should fight it at all costs. The point I was attempting to make with my remarks is that affordable housing is not that; it largely goes to folks like police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and others that simply don't make enough to buy into the very expensive housing in a town like ours. Affordable Housing is an opportunity to bring some much needed economic and social diversity to Haddonfield. Residents should not be scared of it.
I believe, and hope, those that heard the entirety of my comments understood the point I was trying to make. The quote the Courier Post chose to run was unfortunate. They chose to take one portion of my statement so out of context it completely changed the meaning of my remarks.
If anyone was offended by my remarks, taken from the quote in the paper, or otherwise, I apologize, and I hope this statement clarifies my position.
Very truly yours,
Commissioner of Public Works and Recreation
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Senior Tax Freeze
Are you over 65 or receiving Social Security Disability Benefit payments? You may be eligible for the Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) Program. Visit the State of New Jersey link below to see if you qualify. Booklets for first time filers are available in the Tax Office at Borough Hall and the staff is ready and willing to help with any questions you may have. https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Mayor Rochford returns
We are happy to announce that Mayor Neal Rochford has returned from his medical leave of absense, although on a reduced level. He was diagnosed with a form of puneumonia, for which he is required to use oxygen, and will require a less active work load until he fully recovers.
Thank you for your continued consideration in this matter.
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Mayor Rochford will temporarily be unavailable due to a medical leave of absence. Please contact either Commissioner Kasko, Commisioner Moscatelli or Borough Administrator Sharon McCullough as follows should you need to discuss an issue:
- Commissioner Kasko
429-4700, ext. 316; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commissioner Moscatelli
429-4700, ext. 317; email@example.com
- Borough Administrator Sharon McCullough
429-4700, ext. 215; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration at this time.
Posted Jan 8, 2019
The date of the January meeting was changed after the Community Calendar was printed. Please change your calendar to Comm W/S at 7:00pm and Comm Mtg at 7:30 on January 15 instead of January 22.
Posted Jan 2, 2019