BOROUGH - IMPORTANT CURRENT TOPICS

Trash Collection Week of June 24, 2019

Due to the heavier than usual amount of trash as a result of the storm last week, Waste Management was unable to collect on all streets in the Monday route on 6/24.  The streets not collected on Monday will be serviced on Tuesday.  It is possible that this issue will continue as Waste Management works through the week.  If your street is not collected on your trash day, leave your trash out for collection on the following day. Posted 6/24/19

**ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS WITH STORM DAMAGE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL FEMA DECLARATION**

Flooding Damage Assessments

We are working with County Officials to gather information for a possible FEMA declaration. If your home has sustained any damage due to the recent storm please send your name, address, estimate of cost in damages, and contact information to epurcell@haddonfield-nj.gov. Please provide this information by Monday, June 24th. This is not a guarantee that assistance will be available.

Saturday, June 22nd Damage Assessment Officials will be walking around in some of the harder hit neighborhoods. They may stop by your home, if so they will have official ID. They will begin in town at 9:30am. We anticipate that they will visit, at a minimum, Concord, Lafayette and Heritage, Elm, North, Estaugh, Homestead, Barberry and Station. They may also visit Kings Highway and Tanner if there is time.

IF FEMA declares an emergency, funding may be available for residential and commercial repairs. IF they declare we will have further information out on the process of filing a claim.

Thank you for providing your information - this will be extremely helpful in documenting the need for FEMA aid.

STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Borough officials are currently assessing damages that occurred throughout the community from the recent bout of heavy storms.  We will have further information and comment once we have finished accumulating the information.  In the meantime, we have been working with all levels of government to determine what type of assistance will be available to our residents.  In case federal or other funding becomes available and in order to serve out residents, we would appreciate it if you could provide us the following information:  name, address, estimate of cost in damages, and contact information.  The best way to provide us this information would be to send it by email to epurcell@haddonfield-nj.gov.  It could also be dropped off to Room 101 in borough Hall.  As a reminder we suggest that you document all damages with pictures for any future claim.
Posted June 21, 2019

IMPORTANT IFORMATION FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Per the National Weather Service there is a Flash Flood Watch for this afternoon and evening, Thursday, June 20th, due to additional developing showers and thunderstorms.  There could be as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain in a short time.

Therefore, the Fire Department is advising everyone affected by the storm that if they believe there may be concerns regarding the pilot light to their gas appliances in basements and/or garages (i.e. furnaces, water heaters, etc.) to please call the Fire Department at 429-4308 to have those checked.  If you smell gas in your heater, do not light the appliance.  Leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.

Residents are cautioned to stay away from down trees and power lines, as well as electrical outlets and wiring that may have been damaged due to flooding.  Please use extra caution when operating vacuums, extension cords, etc.  

If you have any concerns please contact the Fire Department.  New Jersey American Water should be contacted (800-272-1325) if you believe there may be issues with your water or sewer systems due to flooding.Trash Collection Issue Tuesday, June 18

Waste Management had a truck failure today, Tuesday June 18.  If your trash day is Tuesday and your trash wasn't collected, please leave it out.  It will be collected on Wednesday.
Posted June 20, 2019

Flag Day Celebrations

In 1949, Congress designated June 14 of each year as National Flag Day, a day on which to honor and celebrate our nation's flag.  In 1982, the National Flag Day Foundation was chartered to conduct educational programs in relation to the flag and to encourange all Americans to "Pause for the Pedge of Allegiance" on Flag Day.  The Borough has embraced this observance in the past, and we will do so again this year, on Friday, June 14th in Kings Court.  The Pickup Band will play starting at 6:00 p.m. and at 6:15 p.m. those in attenance will be asked to pause and join in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  At 6:20 p.m. everyone in attendance can sing along with a number of patriotic songs.  The Mayor and Commissioners invite all who live and work in Haddonfield to fly flags at their homes and places of work on June 14th and join them in Kings Court to honor and celebrate our nation's most revered symbol of freedom and democracy.
Posted June 7, 2019

Holiday Trash Collection 

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, trash, recycling and veg collection for the week of May 27 will be as follows:

Trash & Recycling: Mon. and Tues. routes will be collected on Tues. 5/28.  Remainder of week on schedule.
Veg Debris Collection:  Mon. route will be collected on Tues. 5/28; Tues & Wed. routes will be collected on Wed. 5/29.  Remainder of week on schedule. 
Posted May 24, 2019

Trash Collection Delay - May 21, 2019

Waste Management has experienced some difficulties this week resulting in collection delays.  Any streets not collected by the end of the scheduled day will be picked up in the morning following your scheduled day.  Posted May 21, 2019

Human Relations Comm. Mental Health Conversation

The HRC will host an important discussion tonight at May16 at 6:30pm in the auditorium in Borough Hall.  Please click here for more details 
Posted Mat 16, 219

Historic Preservation Commission meeting rescheduled

The HPC meeting has been changed to Wednesday May 29th at 7:30pm in the auditorium of Borough Hall.
Posted May 14, 2019

Historic Preservation Commission meeting cancelled

Haddonfield Historic Preservation Commission meeting on Wednesday meeting May 15 is now officially cancelled. There is not a quorum. The next scheduled meeting is June 19th at 7:30pm.
Posted May 13, 2019


Annoucement of Pending Resignation of Commissioner Moscatelli

The Borough is announcing that Commissioner Moscatelli will be stepping down as Borough Commissioner in the near future.  The Commissioner is relocating outside the Haddonfield area.  Two years remain on the term.   The Commissioners will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.    A special election will be set for the general election ballot on November 5, 2019.  That appointment will run from the date of the resignation until a duly elected candidate is sworn in following the November 5, 2019 General Election.

Anyone interested in filling the vacancy until the special election shall submit a cover letter and resume to the Borough Clerk’s office by May 24.  Mayor Rochford and Commissioner Kasko will interview candidates and appoint a replacement.  Once this process is complete, Commissioner Moscatelli will formally resign and his replacement will be sworn in.

Petitions for the Haddonfield special election held on the general election ballot on November 5, 2019 will be available in the Borough Clerk's Office as of June 10th for all interested candidates.  Petitions must be returned by September 3rd.  All candidates with valid petitions will be placed on the ballot for the general election to be held on November 5, 2019.  The term for the duly elected candidate to fill Commissioner Moscatelli's unexpired term shall commence immediately upon certification of the election results and terminate after the next normally scheduled Commissioner's election in May 2021.
Posted May 7, 2019

Trash Collection, Friday 5-3-19

Waste Management experienced issues on Friday and as a result not all streets in this collection area were completed by end of day.  Any trash uncollected will be removed by Waste Management on Saturday morning 5-4-19.  Please leave your cans out for collection.
Posted May 3, 2019

Snowden Parking Lot Affordable Housing Presentation

The Borough of Haddonfield held a Public Forum meeting on April 29, 2019 regarding the affordable housing project for the Snowden Parking Lot.  A link to that presention is available here.
Posted May 3, 2019

Ordinance 2019-05 RE: Mass & Scale, and Zoning

Additional information has been posting on the Borough's website regarding Ordinance 2019-05, which amends various mass & scale items within Chapter 135 entitled Land Development.  This information is located on the "Planning Board's Land Use Sub-Committee" page.
Posted May 3, 2019

Bancroft PILOT Ordinance 2019-02 - UPDATE

At their March 12, 2019 meeting the Board of Commissioners tabled the second reading of Ordinance 2019-02, which was for the “Application for a Long Term Tax Exemption & Authorizing the Execution of a Financial Agreement with 2 Hopkins Lane Urban Renewal, LLC”; the PILOT program for the Bancroft site, to a specific date and time.

Because the legal notice, required by State Statute N.J.S.A. 40:49-2(b and c), stated that the Public Hearing on this ordinance would be continued at the April 30, 2019 Commissioner Meeting, we must by law include this item on our agenda.

Subsequent to the March 12, 2019 Commissioner Meeting, the Board of Commissioners have begun discussions with the Board of Education regarding the taxes that will be collected for this property once the construction has been completed.  It is the intention of the Board of Commissioners to not act on this ordinance, but rather announce the abandonment of the document once the required Public Hearing has been opened.

A new ordinance will be introduced at the appropriate time.
Posted 4/26/2019

Mass, Scale and Zoning District Changes Meeting

May 1st at 7pm in the Auditorium of Borough Hall there will be an informational meeting by our Borough Planners with an in-depth presentation on the mass, scale and zoning district changes. This is open to all, please come.
Posted 4/25/19


Affordable Housing Project Information Meeting

The Commissioners are aware that residents have been asking a number of questions and expressing concern over the development that is mentioned in the Borough’s Affordable Housing Settlement Agreement at the Snowden Ave parking lot.  Therefore, the Commissioners have decided it would be best to hold a public information meeting to assist in answering those questions and concerns.  This meeting will be held on April 29 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of Borough Hall.
Posted 4/18/19


Zoning Changes Discussion New Meeting Date

The Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 4th has been postponed to Wednesday May 1st at 7:30pm in the auditorium of Haddonfield Borough Hall.
Posted 4/4/19


Zoning Changes Discussion - POSTPONED

The Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 4th has been postponed to an as-yet undetermined date, as the Planning Board, at their April 3rd meeting, were unable to review the proposed changes in Ordinance 2019-05, which amends various portions of Chapter 135 (Land Development), as well as includes changes to various Zoning Districts.  Although the specific date has not been decided, it is definite that this Public Meeting will be held during the week of April 29th through May 3rd.  We anticipate that the specific date will be determined by the end of this week, at which point it will be posted on our website and social media sites.

The Commissioner's Public Hearing on Ordinance 2019-05, which was scheduled for the April 9, 2019 Commissioner Meeting will still be held, but no decision will be made until after the Planning Board reviews this ordinance.  A special Planning Board meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 102 to conduct this review.  The April 9th Public Hearing will, therefore, be continued to the May 14th Commissioner Meeting where action may be taken at that time.
Posted 4/3/2019

Zoning Changes Discussion

In an effort to maintain the character of the community, the Commissioners introduced an ordinance that amends the Land Use section of the code. In order to better assist our residents a public information meeting has been scheduled April 4 to help answer questions. Posted 4/1/19


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Spring Cleanup Information

Spring Clean-up: Begins April 1 through 26, 2019! On trash day for these 4 weeks in April, the 6 piece per week trash restriction is relaxed allowing residents to clean out basements, garages, etc. Rules for proper trash placement must be followed. Also, the leaf trucks will collect leaves placed loose at the curb during the 2nd and 4th weeks. Remember – do not place the leaves in the street! Place your raked piles on the park strip.

Chipper will collect limbs placed loose at the curb the 1st and 3rd weeks of April. Remember – limbs can only be a maximum diameter of 6 inches but it’s not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces; longer limbs allow for faster chipping. If removing entire shrubs, they can only be chipped only if the root is cut from the bush. Roots should have dirt removed and then placed in cans or paper bags and weighing less than 50 pounds for collection by the Veg Truck.

Vegetative Waste: Beginning April 1, the Veg Truck will resume weekly collection. This truck will run weekly into October.
Posted 03/26/19


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.
Posted 03/21/2019

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.
Posted 0/14/2019

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.
Posted 03/01/2019

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

W Park Ave Pole Replacement - Resident Letter

Letter from Commissioner Moscatelli to Residents

Dear 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,
John Moscatelli
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  

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; jkasko@haddonfield-nj.gov 
- Commissioner Moscatelli
     429-4700, ext. 317; jmoscatelli@haddonfield-nj.gov
- Borough Administrator Sharon McCullough
     429-4700, ext. 215; smccullough@haddonfield-nj.gov

Thank you for your consideration at this time.
Posted Jan 8, 2019

Calendar Change 

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