Municipal Matters – July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 

Utility Capital Project Update Grove Street
The Maple Ave intersection is currently closed while the contractor installs water main and sanitary main in the intersection.  It is anticipated that the intersection will be closed for one more week.  The work will then move to the intersection of Lake St.

2014 Utility and Road Improvements
Sanitary sewer work began on Mount Vernon.  Temporary paving of trenches will occur each Friday to assist with dust control.

Summer Commissioner Meeting Schedule
The Commissioners meet only one day a month in the months of July and August. The next scheduled meeting date is Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Work Sessions are also scheduled for these dates at 3 p.m.

New Fire Department Appointment
Connor Smith is now a member of the Haddon Fire Company No. 1.

Senior Citizen Commission Introduced
The Commissioners adopted an ordinance to create a Senior Citizen Commission that would provide programs, events, activities and services primarily for the senior citizens of the Borough of Haddonfield. Full details on the purpose and duties of this Commission can be found in the full July 15, 2014 Commissioners Meeting Agenda posted to the Borough website.

Shade Tree Commission
The Commissioners amended the Shade Tree Commission ordinance.  The revision consolidate regulations which were spread out in the Borough code. Complete details of these changes can be found in the July 15, 2014 Agenda posted to the Borough website.

Water and Sewer Facilities Sale and Vote Ordinance Introduced
The Commissioners adopted an ordinance which will require a question to be placed on the ballot in November regarding the possible sale of the Water and Sewer Utility.

The question on the November ballot is proposed to be put forth as follows:

“Shall the Borough of Haddonfield, in the County of Camden, New Jersey, be authorized to sell its water and wastewater utility systems to New Jersey-American Water Company, Inc. for the sum of $28,500,000 (Twenty-Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)?”
___________ Yes                               _____________No

Several additional public informational meetings will be held in the fall prior to the November election providing residents an opportunity to review the facts and ask questions so that they may make an informed decision.  Information concerning the sale can be found on the Borough website.

Upcoming Events 
The Commissioners have granted permission to the following businesses to host an event:

  • Ankokas Region, A.A.C.A – Haddonfield Auto Show on September 20,2014
  • Amixx Boutique – Movie Night on July 31, 2014
  • WYSH – Book Reading & Signing in August (date TBD)

Bid Awards
The Commissioners have awarded bids for the following:

  • Trico Equipment Services, LLC for the purchase of a Backhoe equipment for the Borough of Haddonfield for $78,808.00
  • JAK Construction Corp t/a Diamond Construction for Pot Hole Repairs #2for the Borough of Haddonfield for $22,048.00

Bid Rejected 
The Commissioners have rejected bids for the following:

  • Tree Removal Services due to bids received are over budget.

Annual Sidewalk Sale
The four-day Town wide Sidewalk Sale retail event will take place Thursday, August 7 through Sunday, August 10 and will feature many of Haddonfield’s shops and boutiques setting up along the sidewalks of Downtown Haddonfield for summertime shopping in the sun. Shops on Kings Court and along Kings Highway, Ellis, Mechanic and Tanner Streets, Haddy Lane and North & South Haddon Avenue will offer great sidewalk savings on summer merchandise as well as fall collection previews.

First Thursday, August 7
The Townwide Sidewalk Sale kicks off in a big way on Thursday, August 7 with FirstThursday also taking place this day from 5 – 8 p.m. event, appropriately themed ‘Sidewalk Sale.’ First Thursday extends the fun and entertainment of the Sidewalk Sale event into the evening with an exceptional mix of music, on-street artists, extraordinary dining, and retail specials.

Musical entertainment for August’s First Thursday performing 5 – 8 p.m. includes DJ, Frank Staff, Jazz Quintet, Top Cats and Quartet 33. Artists Row will be held on Tanner Street.

The Downtown will also be offering Customer Appreciation Rewards exclusively during August’s First Thursday. This promotion allows all receipts for purchases made between 5 and 8 p.m. on First Thursday, August 7, to receive a 10% rebate on the total amount of money spent. The rebate is to be given in the form of a Haddonfield Gift Certificate, and all receipts must be redeemed within one week of the event (by August 14 for August First Thursday). The rebate is not to exceed $50 per person.
The Friends of the Library are accepting book donations for their annual September book sale.  Books may be dropped off at the library.

Ask the Mayor
Mayor Jeff Kasko will be available for questions and comments on Wednesdays, July 23 and August 20 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Borough Hall. He will also be available in the evenings by appointment. Please call his voicemail at 429-4700, ext. 316 to set up an appointment, or you can email him at jkasko@haddonfield-nj.gov.

Haddonfield’s Rules for Dog Walking
The Commissioners want to remind residents of the rules regarding walking your dogs and disposing property of their waste:

  • All dogs must be on a leash when being walked on public streets; the Crows Woods Nature Preserve and in any park area; no pet is permitted to roam un-leashed in Haddonfield
  • Pet owners or anyone who takes their pet for walks must properly dispose of their pet’s waste by picking it up, wrapping it and either placing it in the trash or flushing it unwrapped down the toilet.

Sign up to Receive Reminders, Alerts and More via E-Mail
Residents are reminded to sign up to receive important e-mail notices, reminders, and alerts from the Borough.  This system can be used to alert those who are registered to impending deadlines (for the payment of taxes, pet license fee, etc.), and to public safety situations. To sign up, visit www.haddonfieldnj.org  and look for a box titled” E-news from the Borough.”

Meetings/Events & Activities
Farmers’ Market in Kings Court every weekend
· Tue July 22—8:00 am Library Board
· Wed July 23—7:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission
· Tue Aug 5—7:30 pm Planning Board
· Wed Aug 6—7:00 pm Municipal Alliance
· Fri, Sat & Sun Aug 8, 9 & 10  - Downtown Sidewalk Sale
· Mon Aug 18—9:15 am Senior Citizen Advisory
· Mon Aug 18—7:30 pm Human Relations Commission
· Tue Aug 19—3:00 pm—Commissioners Worksession
· Tue Aug 19– 7:30 pm Board of Commissioners
· Wed Aug 20—7:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission

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Cherry Hill Food Bank Celebrates Crows Woods Gardeners

On Tuesday, July 8, the Crows Woods Gardeners made their first donation to the Cherry Hill Food Bank.  This season, the Gardeners want to amp up donations to twice weekly.  Hopefully the weather cooperates and they’re able to meet their goals!

Haddonfield is proud of its Gardeners and applauds their efforts to support their community!

Crows Woods Gardners – Donations to Cherry Hill Food Bank (pdf)

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Fireworks postponed until July 6.

Due to the weather forecast, Haddonfield Fireworks have been postponed until Sunday July 6 at the Haddonfield Memorial High School. Gates open at 7pm.  The parade will take place, as scheduled, on July 4 at 10am

Please be advised that no Chairs, Food, Chewing gum, or Drink will be permitted on the HMHS Turf Field during the Fourth of July Fireworks celebration. (Blankets are fine) However, Chairs, Food, and Drink WILL be permitted in the HMHS Stadium Area on the Track, Grass Areas, and Stadium Areas. 

A big thank you to New Jersey American Water Company for helping to sponsor this year’s Fireworks.

We also thank the Haddonfield Lions Club , the Haddonfield Rotary Club, and PBA Local 328 for their support this year.

The fireworks are funded in large part through community donations. Your support is needed, please donate!!

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Mosquito spraying TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 8, from 7-11pm, weather permitting

Camden County Division Of Shared Services Spraying tonight on the following streets.

  • Haddonfield
    • Wayne Avenue
    • Wood Lane
    • Rhoads Avenue
    • Hawthorne Avenue
    • Haddon Avenue
Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Special Meeting of The Partnership for Haddonfield Scheduled for July 3

Sunshine Notice

A special meeting of  The Partnership for Haddonfield has been scheduled for July 3, 2014 at 8:30am in Room 103 at Borough Hall.

The meeting was called to review an issue postponed from the June 25 meeting.

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Municipal Matters – June 12, 2014

Municipal Matters

June 12, 2014 

Special Board of Commissioners Meeting Set for June 25th at 7:30 pm

It is anticipated that the Commissioners will introduce an ordinance which will require a question to be placed on the ballot in November regarding the possible sale of the Water and Sewer Utility.  Questions regarding the referendum will be addressed at the meeting on the 25th.

Several additional public informational meetings will be held in the fall prior to the November election providing residents an opportunity to review the facts and ask questions so that they may make an informed decision.

Bond Ordinance – Acquisition of 65 Haddon Avenue Property

The Commissioners have adopted a bond ordinance in the amount of $1,820,000 for the purchase of Block 11, Lot 3, Units 1, 2, & 3.  This purchase is part of a settlement agreement between Estaugh Commons, LLC and the Borough of Haddonfield.

Fourth of July Fireworks Display

A public display of fireworks as part of the Borough’s Annual Independence Day Celebration will take place in the Camden County Park system behind the High School Stadium on Thursday, July 3, 2014 (rain date Sunday, July 6, 2014) from 6-11 p.m.

Parking Ordinance

Parking is no longer permitted on Potter Street West from the intersection with Ellis Street to a point 145 feet thereof in a northerly direction.

Annual Sidewalk Sale

The Commissioners have granted permission to the Partnership for Haddonfield to host the Annual Sidewalk Sale August 7-103, 2014. Shops in downtown Haddonfield have therefore been granted permission to utilize the public sidewalks for displays, with the exception of food. No food displays or vendors will be permitted to use the sidewalks during the annual sidewalk sale. Outdoor entertainment is also permitted along the sidewalks of Haddonfield.

Authorization to Display Merchandise

The Commissioners have authorized English Gardener Gift Shop, 123 Kings Highway East, to display merchandise outside of their store.

Authorization to Request Proposals

The Commissioners have authorized the Borough Clerk to distribute a Request for Proposal for a “Borough Auditor” for the Borough of Haddonfield. The proposal is to be received on or before Wednesday, July 3, 2014 at 3 p.m. in Room 101 of the Haddonfield Borough Hall.

Authorization to Advertise for Sealed Bids

The Commissioners have authorized the Borough Clerk to advertise for the receipt of sealed bids for the following:

  • a Backhoe to be received on or before June 24, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. in Room 103 of the Haddonfield Borough Hall;
  • Tree Removal Services to be received on or before June 24 at 10:15 a.m. in Room 103 of the Haddonfield Borough Hall.

Bid Rejection – Pot Hole Repair Service

The Commissioners have rejected a bid for Pot Hole Repair Services as all submitted bids were over budget.

Authorization to Sign Shared Services Agreement

The Commissioners have authorized the signing of a shared services agreement with the boroughs of Audubon, Collingswood, Oaklyn and the townships of Haddon and Pennsauken for the purpose of facilitating the resale of abandoned commercial and residential properties.

Performance Bond Release Authorization

The Commissioners have authorized a performance bond to be released for the following:

  • FY2011 curb cuts at various locations by Diamond Construction.

First Thursday July 3, 2014

Downtown Haddonfield’s second ‘First Thursday will be Thursday, July 3, 2014, featuring an exceptional mix of music, extraordinary dining and specials in many of Haddonfield’s unique, independently owned shops and boutiques. First Thursday replaces First Fridays, The events will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Kings Highway. The theme is ‘Everything Red, White and Blue.’

Cooperation Agreement with County of Camden

The Commissioners have authorized the signing of a three-year agreement with the County of Camden as a means of conducting certain eligible community development and affordable housing activities.

DVRPC TCDI Grand Program

The Commissioners have authorized the Borough’s participation in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) Transportation & Community Development Initiative (TCDI) Grant Program and will submit an application for the grant.

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Jeff Kasko will be available for questions and comments on Wednesdays, June 25, July 23 and August 20 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Borough Hall. He will also be available in the evenings by appointment. Please call his voicemail at 429-4700, ext. 316 to set up an appointment, or you can email him at jkasko@haddonfield-nj.gov.

Haddonfield’s Rules for Dog Walking

The Commissioners want to remind residents of the rules regarding walking your dogs and disposing property of their waste:

  • All dogs must be on a leash when being walked on public streets; no pet is permitted to roam un-leashed in Haddonfield
  • Pet owners or anyone who takes their pet for walks must properly dispose of their pet’s waste by picking it up, wrapping it and either placing it in the trash or flushing it unwrapped down the toilet.

Sign up to Receive Reminders, Alerts and More via E-Mail

Residents are reminded to sign up to receive important e-mail notices, reminders, and alerts from the Borough.  This system can be used to alert those who are registered to impending deadlines (for the payment of taxes, pet license fee, etc.), and to public safety situations. To sign up, visit www.haddonfieldnj.org  and look for a box titled” E-news from the Borough.”

Meetings/Events & Activities

  • Mon June 16—8:00 am Shade Tree Commission
  • Mon June 16—9:15 am Sr. Citizens Advisory
  • Mon June 16– 6:00 pm Commissioner Worksession
  • Tue June 17—7:00 pm Sustainable Haddonfield/Environmental Commission
  • Tue June 17—7:30 pm Zoning Board
  • Wed June 18  - 7:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission
  • Thr June 19—7:30 pm Human Relations
  • Tue June 24—8:00 am Library Board
  • Tue June 24—7:30 pm Board of Commissioners

LET’S TALK TRASH

Dear Resident,

I thought it was time to have a discussion about trash collection.  This may be a reminder to some, but there may be some new information.

First, we have added a section to the Public Works page in the Borough website where you can report issues with your trash and recycling pick-up.  For immediate issues, please report problems with either trash or recycling pick-up directly to Public Works at 429-0183 x0 (recycling and vegetative waste) or Casworth at 856-848-3505 for trash issues.

I would also like to point out a longstanding regulation on trash cans; trash cans can be no larger than 32 gallons.  Many residents are in violation of this (myself included) because they were not aware of the requirement when they purchased their trash cans.  This regulation is in place for the safety of our trash collectors; larger cans are just too heavy to expect them to lift all day without injury.  Now, we’re not planning on refusing to collect trash from larger cans, but you have to help us.  Please make sure the trash is bagged, and the bags are not too heavy.  This way the collectors can reach into the cans and pull out the bags without risk of injury.  Loose trash in large cans will not be collected!

Also, there are some very large wheeled trash cans out there (96 gallon cans) that are really too large to reach into.  They are designed to work with automated trucks that flip the cans into the truck to empty them.  Please avoid these type of cans; Casworth can refuse to empty these.

While we’re here, I’ll also remind you of the rules about putting out garbage.  These rules are in place to keep the amount of time garbage is left on the curb to a minimum, and improve the overall all appearance of our neighborhoods:  No refuse shall be placed for collection on any sidewalk prior to 1:00PM of the day before collection.  Business District trash cannot be put out before 5:00PM of the day before collection.  Refuse must be out by 7:00AM for residential areas and by 6:30AM for Businesses on the scheduled trash day to insure collection.  Homeowners must notify landscapers that cans of clippings cannot be left out for days.  They must be put out on regular trash pick-up days.

Lastly, a reminder about placing material, like mulch, dirt, or leaves, in the street:  putting anything in the street, or in the gutter, is a violation of New Jersey stormwater regulations.  This material can clog storm sewers.  Please remind landscapers this is not allowed.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach me on my Borough email; there is a link on the website, or you can leave a message on my Borough extension 429-4700 x317.

Best Regards,

Commissioner John Moscatelli

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Chews Landing Road Closure – June 16 & 17

DPW plans to close Chews Landing Road between Kings Highway and Mountwell Avenue on Monday June 16, 2014 & Tuesday June 17th, 2014, 7:00 am-4:00 pm for emergency repairs.

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Human Resource Commission Meeting Changed to 6/23 from 6/19

The Human Resource Commission meeting originally scheduled for June 19 has been moved to June 23 at 7:30 pm due to scheduling conflicts.

 

Human Relations Commission Meeting Changed from 6/19 to 6/23

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Commissioners Work Session scheduled for June 17

A special Commissioners Work Session has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 pm with the Zoning Board of Adjustment to go over the 2013 Annual Zoning Board Report.

Special Commissioners Work Session scheduled for June 17, 6:30 pm

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Special Commissioners Meeting – June 25, 7:30 pm

A Special Commissioners Meeting has been called for Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 pm for public discussion of a November General Election referendum for the possible sale of the water and wastewater utility systems

 

Special Commissioners Meeting – Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 pm

Posted in Borough Bulletins |