SPRING FORUM – HADDONFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH – MAY 15TH

We’ve all become aware of the recent increase in burglaries and vandalism in Haddonfield. In response to this rise in crime, the Haddonfield Civic Association (HCA) Board of Governors have created Haddonfield Neighborhood Watch – a citizen volunteer effort to help prevent crime and heighten awareness of suspicious activity, while also bringing together an already responsive and friendly community.

The HCA holds occasional town-wide forums about the Neighborhood Watch program that are open to all Haddonfield residents.  The next forum will take place on Thursday, May 15th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Taproom Grill on 427 W. Crystal Lake Avenue.

Getting involved with helping to the run the Haddonfield Civic Association (HCA) Neighborhood Watch program or starting a direct watch sector on a specific street in town is pretty simple.  There are many ways to participate:

  • Sign up to receive email alerts with news about recent crimes and other relevant information through the website www.haddonfieldcivic.com/watch/
  • Attend Neighborhood Watch events where you will hear from the police and others about crime trends and tips to prevent crime
  • Request information from us on how become educated on how to identify and report suspicious activity–we are happy to meet with you (and your neighbors)
  • Learn more about how to start a Watch on your block
  • Receive guidance and support when you do start a Watch on your block

For more information on how to join the HCA, fill out the form on this site or email us: haddonfieldwatch@gmail.com.

 

 

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Sinkhole on Hopkins Lane

There is a small sinkhole in the roadway over the outfall pipe from the southern spillway of the dam.  This developed apparently Friday evening/night.  The makeup of the spillway is a bit unusual in that the pipe leading from the upper portion of the dam to the lower goes through a concrete vault located in the middle of the road/dam.  County Engineer Kevin Becica and Borough Engineer Todd Day were onsite Saturday morning inspecting the sinkhole.  Their best theory is that the sinkhole may be caused by a failed joint in the pipe leading from the vault to the lower water level either right at the vault/pipe connection or down grade from the vault somewhere in the pipe.  Mr. Day was able to look inside the vault from the manhole in the roadway, and it appears to be in good condition.  It is also from that inspection and measurements that it appears that the sinkhole lies right outside of the vault, which is also apparent from the roadway surface as the road appears to settle around the outside of the vault.

The best way to verify what is going on, other than digging up the roadway and adjacent areas of the dam, is to video the outfall pipe and adjacent storm drain pipe to see if there is indeed a failed joint into which soil is being lost.  The County has an emergency maintenance contract that they are going to use for the inspection and ultimate repair, assuming that it is not something more major.  In order to video the line, the flow of water spilling over this spillway must be blocked to eliminate the flow into the pipe.  The elevation of this southern spillway is 1.5″ higher than that of the northern spillway, forms have been installed at the spillway weir to do just that.  Due to tomorrow’s pending rain, the plan is to video the lines first thing Wed.

The contractor will be prepared to repair any failed joint from the inside of the pipe while they are there should that be the issue.  Should this be the problem and repair, the contractor is expected to have both the pipe and roadway repaired by the end of the week.

NJDEP Dam Safety engineers were also at the site today for review, and they have directed the County to try to draw down the lake as much as possible before tomorrow’s rains as a precaution.  Two pumps will be installed and will attempt to lower Hopkins Pond as much as possible by pumping into the northern spillway.

It is anticipated that Hopkins Lane will remain closed for at least the rest of the week.

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April 26 – Rx Drug Drop Off at Haddonfield Police Dept

The Haddonfield Police Department, in cooperation with the national Takeback Initiative, will once again be participating in Takeback New Jersey.  This operation allows for any person to dispose of any medications.  The individual may dispose of medication either in its original container or by removing medication from its container and disposing directly into the drug disposal box.  If the original container is submitted, the individual is encouraged to remove the prescription label if it contains any personal identifying information.  Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container.  The depositor should ensure that the cap it tightly sealed to prevent leakage.  Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014, between the hours of 10am to 2pm, in the lobby of the Haddonfield Police Department (rear entrance of the Haddonfield Borough Hall).

For more information, visit www.dea.gov

 

Saturday, April 26 – Prescription Drug Drop Off Program (pdf)

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April 10, 2014 Municipal Matters

Mayor to Hold Budget Briefing May 8
Mayor Kasko, along with the borough’s administrator and CFO, will hold a community budget briefing on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 pm in Borough Hall.  The $15.3 million spending plan with no property tax increase will be discussed in detail, followed by a Q&A session.  All interested residents are invited to attend.

Ordinance to Schedule Salaries and Wages for Non-Union Employees
An ordinance was introduced at the April 8 meeting to set the salaries for all non-union employees for the year 2014.  A 1.15% COL increase will be authorized to take affect April 1st with a second 1.15% COL increase effective October 1st.  Public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Board of Commissioners meeting on April 23rd.

Bond Ordinance for General Capital Improvements
The ordinance which assigns $1,050,000 for down payments and authorizes the issuance of $998,500 bonds or notes .  The ordinance includes funding for the 2014 road program, parking lot improvements, drainage improvements, improvements to Borough buildings, and the acquisition of public works equipment.  Public hearing and second reading on the ordinance will be held at the Board of Commissioners meeting on April 23rd.

Bond Ordinance for Water/Sewer Improvements
The ordinance assigns to $1,586,000 to finance various water and sewer improvements.  No down payment is required.  Improvements include:2014 road program utility improvements; and pump station improvements.

2014 Budget
Haddonfield’s three commissioners introduced the borough’s annual budget at their meeting of April 8th.  The 15.3 million spending plan will keep the local property tax rate frozen at the same level as 2013.  Spending will remain nearly flat, with only a $16,000 increase.  The Municipal Budget for 2014 will be published in The Retrospect’s issue of April 11, 2014.  The public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Board of Commissioners meeting of May 13th.

Tax Rate Set for Open Space Tax Fund
The Board of Commissioners set a tax rate for the open space property at one-half of one cent per one hundred dollars of assessed value for the 2014 tax year.  Such property taxes are to be place in a trust account considered a “Dedicated by Rider” to the budget of the Borough of Haddonfield. The municipal clerk of the Borough of Haddonfield is directed to forward two certified copies of their resolution to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services

Shade Tree Commission Approval
Elyse Crawford was appointed to the Shade Tree Commission as Alternate II.  The term of the appointment will expire 12/31/14.

Taxi Cab License Approval
The following 2014 Taxicab Owner’s Licenses(s) have been issued to DeAndre Nelson and John R. Cucinotta:

Company Name Quantity Year-Make-Model
Atlas Taxi Co.       1 2003 Nissan Altima, 4 Door

Approved Event Permits
The borough has approved permits for the following events:

  • Y’s Men Club            Easter Egg Hunt – April 19, 2014

Lions Club Sight Awareness Month
The Board of Commissioners ask all residents of the Borough of Haddonfield to join them in proclaiming April 2014 as Lions Club Sight Awareness Month. The Haddonfield Lions Club, established in 1944, currently has 68 members, including the Mayor of Haddonfield, and celebrates over 70 years of continuous service. This highly visible service club is involved in many local activities as well as provides financial support for First Night, Celebrations Association, Boy’s State and Girl’s State, Little League, the Civic Association, the Haddonfield Library, the Haddonfield Foundation, maintenance of the Kenneth McDonald Park and Achievement Awards presented to deserving HMHS graduates. The club can be seen represented around Haddonfield with their eyeglass collection boxes, Sightmobile and White Cane solicitations. Their sight conservation support goes to organizations such as Best Work Industries, Delaware Valley Eye Bank and the South Jersey Eye Center.

National Library Week
The Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 13 – 19, 2014 as National Library Week. Libraries provide free access to all – from books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining. All residents are encouraged to visit their local library this week to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available.

National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign
The Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 7 – 15, 2014 are the National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign in the Borough of Haddonfield, and urges all citizens to always put the cell phone down, focus on the road and buckle up when driving on our roadways. Drivers are reminded that if they drive and text, they will pay.

First Thursdays
Downtown Haddonfield will place a new spin on an old favorite by introducing ‘First Thursdays’ starting Thursday, June 5, 2014. First Thursdays will feature an exceptional mix of music, extraordinary dining and specials in many of Haddonfield’s unique, independently owned shops and boutiques. First Thursdays replaces First Fridays, and each will present its own unique theme. The events will be held on Kings Highway and The Partnership for Haddonfield has allowed retailers whose shops are not located on Kings Highway to request permission to bring one table with tablecloth to a specified location on Kings Highway designated by the committee for the “First Thursday” events of 2014. The events will be held from 5:00 to 8 p.m. on the following days and featuring the following themes: June 5, 2014 – ‘One Stop Wedding Shop,’ July 3, 2014 – ‘Everything Red, White and Blue,’ August 7, 2014 – ‘Sidewalk Sale’ and September 4, 2014 – ‘Old School.’

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, visitwww.haddonfieldnj.org  and look for a box titled” E-news from the Borough.

Ask the Mayor 
Mayor Jeff Kasko will be available for questions and comments on Wednesdays, April 16 and 30 and May 14 and 28 from 3 p.m. – 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.

Meetings/Events & Activities

  • Mon Apr 14—6:00 pm Commissioners Worksession
  • Tue Apr 15—7:00 pm Sustainable Haddonfield/Environmental Commission
  • Tue Apr 15—7:30 pm Zoning Board
  • Thr Apr 17—7:30 pm Human Relations
  • Mon Apr 21—8:00 am Shade Tree Commission
  • Mon Apr 21—9:15 am Sr Citizens Advisory
  • Tue Apr 22—8:00 am Library Board
  • Tue Apr 22—7:30 pm Board of Commissioners
  • Wed Apr 23—8:30 am Partnership for Haddonfield
  • Wed Apr 23  - 7:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission
  • Thr Apr 24—8:00 pm Recreation Council
  • Mon May 5—6:00 pm Commissioners Worksession
  • Tue May 6—7:30 pm Planning Board
  • Wed May 7—7:00 pm Municipal Alliance
  • Tue May 13—7:30 Board of Commissioners
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Mayor to hold budget briefing meetings on May 8, 7:30 pm

Mayor Kasko, along with the borough’s administrator and CFO/Treasurer, will hold a community budget briefing on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall.  The $15.3 million spending plan with no property tax increase will be discussed in detail, followed by a Q&A session.  All interested residents are invited to attend.

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Municipal Matters March 27, 2014

Update to the Historic District Ordinance

Note Date Correction—April 9th

Haddonfield’s Historic District Ordinance was the second district established in the State of New Jersey.  The past 40 years there has been little change to the ordinance.  Over the past six months the ordinance has been under review.  Based on significant input from the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board, Zoning Board, and the public, a final version of the amended ordinance has been prepared.  Prior to introduction by the Commissioners, there will be a public meeting held on April 9th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of Borough Hall.  The consultants from Carter van Dyke Associates will be there to explain the changes to the ordinance and answer questions.

Reporting Potholes

The weather this year has been especially hard on the roadways, and there will be a larger than normal number of potholes because of the conditions.  The Borough of Haddonfield is beginning to accumulate a list so that we may go out to bid for filling these potholes as soon as weather permits. Please report potholes on the website by filling out the form here: http://www.haddonfieldnj.org/borough_dept_pw.php#pothole.

If you observe a pothole on any of the following County roads, please call 856-566-2980 to report it:

The Historic Preservation Commission      Workshop

The Historic Preservation Commission will host Ms. Andrea Tingey from the NJ State Historic Preservation Office for “Historic Preservation 101”, a historic preservation workshop on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m.-noon.  The workshop will be held in the 2nd floor Borough Hall auditorium.  Ms. Tingey will cover basic preservation history and current preservation practices with an emphasis on how they relate to Haddonfield’s historic preservation goals.  A short Q&A will follow the presentation.  Please join us and learn more about historic preservation in Haddonfield.  For any questions about the workshop, please contact Lee Albright, HPC chairperson at albright58@gmail.com  or 609-417-8935.

Women’s History Month

The borough recognizes all the women of the Haddonfield community, both past and present, including Elizabeth Haddon who established the Borough of Haddonfield in 1713 by declaring March as Haddonfield Women’s History Month. Haddonfield requests that all residents join them in thanking all the women in Haddonfield for their contributions to their families and to this community.

 Emergency Temporary Appropriations

The Board of Commissioners authorized emergency temporary appropriations in order for daily operations to proceed until the permanent 2014 budget has been adopted.  The total emergency temporary resolutions adopted in the year 2014, including this resolution, totals $4,618,812.18 for the current fund. The emergency temporary appropriations include:

$ 3,815,312.18 – Current Fund

$ 803,500 – Water & Sewer Fund

Bid Requests

Bid requests have been issued for the following:

  • Emergency Sewer Main Repairs due on or before Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. in room 103 of the Haddonfield Borough Hall;
  • Emergency Water Main Repairs due on or before Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. in Room 103 of the Haddonfield Borough Hall;
  • Water and Sewer Lateral Work due on or before Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 103 of the Haddonfield Borough Hall.

Spring Events

The borough has approved permits for the following events:

  • Tatem Elementary School’s Fair May 26
  • Haddonfield Celebrations Assoc.’s  Fireworks Display July 3,and Independence Day Parade July 4;
  • Irish Pub Children’s Foundation’s 27th Annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore July 27.

First Thursdays

First Fridays are now a thing of the past, but First Thursdays are here to stay. Each First Thursday will have its own theme, starting on June 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. with One Stop Wedding Shop. Retailers, bakeries, flower shops and any vendor with a gift to will have merchandise for display wedding items in front of their store. Additional First Thursdays are July 3, August 7 and September 4 – themes to be announced!

The downtown will also be showing their appreciation to shoppers on First Thursday by offering rewards. All receipts reflecting purchases made between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on First Thursday, June 5 will receive a 10% rebate on the total amount of money spent – offered by way of a Haddonfield Gift Certificate at the Information Center. All receipts must be redeemed within one week of the event, June 12.

Additional First Thursdays are July 3, August 7 and September 4 – themes to be announced!

Bid Awards

The Commissioners awarded the following bids:

  • Asphalt Street Patching and Miscellaneous Concrete Replacement to Curb Con; and
  • Grove Street Utility Replacement to OTS of New Jersey, LLC

Green/Sustainable Element for the Master Plan

The Commissioners authorized an agreement with Clarke Caton and Hintz to create a Green/Sustainable Element for the Master Plan.

Bid Authorization – Sale of Borough Water and Wastewater Utility Systems

 The Commissioners have authorized the Borough to obtain bids for the sale of the Borough’s Water and Waste Water Systems.

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.

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Jeff Kasko will be available for questions and comments on Wednesdays, April 16 and 30 and May 14 and 28 from 3 p.m. – 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.

Commissioner Rochford’s Open Door hours:

Each Wednesday from 9:00 am  – Noon

Meetings/Events & Activities

  • Tue Mar 31—6:00 pm Commissioners Worksession
  • Tue Apr 1—7:30 pm Planning Board
  • Tue Apr 8—7:30 Board of Commissioners
  • Wed Apr 9—7:00 pm Public Meeting on Historic District Ordinance
  • Mon Apr 14—6:00 pm Commissioners Worksession
  • Tue Apr 15—7:00 pm Sustainable Haddonfield/Environmental Commission
  • Tue Apr 15—7:30 pm Zoning Board
  • Thr Apr 17—7:30 pm Human Relations
  • Mon Apr 21—8:00 am Shade Tree Commission
  • Mon Apr 21—9:15 am Sr Citizens Advisory
  • Tue Apr 22—8:00 am Library Board
  • Tue Apr 22—7:30 pm Board of Commissioners
  • Wed Apr 23—8:30 am Partnership for Haddonfield
  • Wed Apr 23  - 7:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission
  • Thr Apr 24—8:00 pm Recreation Council

 

Municipal-Matters-3-25-14 (pdf)

Posted in Municipal Matters |

Sale of Water and Wastewater Utility Systems

The bid documents for the sale of the Borough’s Waters and Wastewater Utility Systems are available for review to any all interested residents.  The documents are on file in the Administration Office of the Borough Hall, 242 Kings Highway East.  The Water and Wasterwater Facilities Report by Remington & Vernick Engineers (updated as of March 2014), which gives a description of the existing facility is available below, along with an 11 Year Estimated Projection and the Notice to Bidders.

Description of Existing Water & Wastewater Facilities – as of March 2014
Utility Project List – 11 Year Estimated Projection
Notice of Bid – Water & Sewer Utility

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

The National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign will be recognized locally April 7-15, 2014

***DRIVE SAFELY IN HADDONFIELD***

Haddonfield Police supports all efforts to combat distracted driving. The National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign will be recognized locally April 7-15, 2014. Remember, U Drive, U Text, U Pay!

Distracted Driving | Enforcement | Texting and Driving

 

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Work On Water Tower Causes Temporary Pressure Issues in System

On Monday March 31st, the Borough began repairs on the water storage tank located on East Cottage Avenue.   In order to make the repairs, the storage tank was required to be emptied.   Since the storage tank is utilized to maintain consistent water system pressures, the water system has experienced system pressure fluctuations over the past 48 hours.

Due to the pressure fluctuations, the system has experienced discolored water and isolated water main breaks.   The Water System Licensed Operator has overseen the system repairs and operation of the system during the repairs to the tank.

On Wednesday April 2nd, the repairs to the system were complete and the storage tank was re-filled.   Upon filling of the tank, water system pressures have been restored to normal.

The Borough continues to monitor the condition of the system as we return to normal operating conditions.   We apologize for any inconvenience the repairs have created over the past 48 hours.

Water Repairs Information (pdf)

Posted in Borough Bulletins |

Update to the Historic District Ordinance

Update to the Historic District Ordinance

Haddonfield’s Historic District Ordinance was the second district established in the State of New Jersey.  The past 40 years there has been little change to the ordinance.  Over the past six months the ordinance has been under review.  Based on significant input from the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board, Zoning Board, and the public, a final version of the amended ordinance has been prepared.  Prior to introduction by the Commissioners, there will be a public meeting held on April 9th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of Borough Hall.  The consultants from Carter van Dyke Associates will be there to explain the changes to the ordinance and answer questions.  A copy of the ordinance is available on the Borough website.

Date correction – the date for this meeting was incorrectly stated in Municipal Matters.  April 9 at 7:00 pm is the correct date and time.

New Historic District Ordinance (pdf)

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