Important Current Topics - 2017 Archive

Extended Leaf Season Information, 2017

See below the Holiday Collection Schedule for Leaf Information. HOLIDAY TRASH / RECYCLE COLLECTIONS  (See below for Leaf Info) Monday 1/1/18:  No Collections. Tues. 1/2/18:  Monday & Tuesday trash/recycle routes collected.   Wed. 1/3/18:  Trash & Recycling on schedule, Veg collection for Mon. & Tues. routes.   Thur. 1/4/18:  Trash & Recycle on schedule, Veg collection for Wed. & Thur. routes.    Friday 1/5/18:  Trash, Recycle, & Veg collection on schedule. 
Veg Debris Collection is scheduled for the week of Jan. 1.  (note dates above)

Chipper returns in 2018 to resume the regular schedule on the third full week of the month; in Jan. it will be the week of the 15th.  Additionally, DPW will attempt to chip Christmas trees prior to the 3rd week depending upon weather, manpower, and other issues that many arise.  For this early pickup there will not be a particular schedule.

LEAF COLLECTION INFO:   On Wednesday, 1/3/18 leaf trucks will work in the Tuesday trash route and possibly begin the Wednesday trash route. 

Streets completed on: 1/2/18: Kings Highway W. (from West End Ave. to Borough Line, and Borough Line to Eves Lane), Station Ave (S. Hinchman to Chews Landing), Hinchman (Station to Kings Highway W.), Mountwell (Chews Landing to Warwick), Knolltop and W. Summit.
12/29:  Washington (from Lincoln to Mountwell), W. Park (100 block), Mountwell (from Warwick to Chews Landing and part of the opposite side).
12/28:  Ridgewood Circle, Olney Circle, Centre, Lincoln, E. Park, Station from Chews to Hinchman, Walnut, Warwick from Kings Highway W to Mountwell (one side only), and W. Park (1 side).
12/27: E. Cottage, Walnut (from Reillywood to Ellis and Ellis to W. Cottage), Park Place, Lakeview, Reillywood, Spruce, Chestnut and Loucroft.

12/26:  Greenmount, Oak Ridge, Moore Lane, E. Summit, Loucroft (one side is partially finished), Spruce (one side from tennis courts to Reillywood), Chestnut (one side from Reillywood to Lincoln).
12/21:  Oak, Pomona, Evans, Concord Dr, Greenmount Rd & Oak Ridge (from Upland to Oak Ridge), Jefferson, Queensboro, Marquis, Clinton, Pennbrook, Farragut.
12/20: Concord Circle, Wynwood, Hickory, Bellevue, Overhill, Treaty Elms, Jefferson (Chews Landing to Warwick), Jefferson (Warwick back to the 200 block), Chews Landing (Mountwell to W. Summit), Winding Way, Washington (Heritage to Tavistock), Warwick (From out of town to Tavistock)
12/19: Chews Landing (Except between Mountwell &Summit), Heritage, Colonial Ridge, Atlantic, Glenwood, 1/2 of Winding Way (Headed to Washington), Lane of Acres, Wedgewood, One side of Washington (Tavistock to Lafayette)
12/18: Upland Way, Greenmount Rd (Upland to Colonial Ridge), Colonial Ridge (1 side), S. Atlantic West (1 side), Jefferson, Lafayette (both streets from Atlantic to Warwick), Chews Landing (from W. Summit to 560 Chews Landing - one side), Lane of Acres (Washington to end of lane, plus half of opposite side toward Washington).  Posted 1/2/18

From Commissioner Moscatelli:

Many residents have contacted the Borough regarding the number of trees which are still dropping leaves, that leaf collection ends next week, and asking if we can extend leaf collection.  During leaf collection the Borough has 5 to 6 leaf trucks out collecting 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, utilizing all available DPW personnel as well as 9 temporary workers each day.  This is a significant and costly effort for the Borough.  However, we do recognize the difficulty the late leaf fall causes for residents.

Therefore, starting December 11, DPW will continue to put 2 or 3 leaf trucks out during normal work hours and continue to collect leaves.  We will restart in Monday's trash route as soon as we have completed the 3rd round in Friday's trash route and work our way around town as best we can.  We will continue collecting leaves until either we have made a full 4th pass, or until winter weather decides to visit us; we need the leaf collection equipment to plow snow and salt roads, and once we switch over it is impractical to switch back and forth.  This is the best compromise we can arrive at without 'busting' the budget.

While we are making this 4th pass, we will maintain a list of street that have been completed on the Borough facebook, updated each weekday, for reference.

Residents are also able to bag any remaining leaves and put them out for vegetative waste collection during the first week of January.

Please be aware, the prohibition on raking piles of leaves in the street still applies, and tickets will be issued to offenders.  Leaves should be raked as close to the road as possible, without being in the road or blocking the sidewalk.

If you have questions, please contact DPW at 856-429-0183, or email Public Works Commissioner Moscatelli at jmoscatelli@haddonfield-nj.gov  Posted 12/1/2017

Special Planning Board Meeting

On Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 7:30pm in the auditorium of Borough Hall there will be another special meeting of the Haddonfield Planning Board to discuss the Bancroft property.  This meeting is open to the public. Posted 12/11/2017

Traffic Alerts

The following (3) utility projects will commence on Monday, December 11, 2017 and impact through traffic at the locations listed below. Please note the anticipated times and duration of each project and seek alternate routes when possible. Police will assist residents in the affected areas with residential access and detours.

Centre Street closed to through traffic from 7 am to 4 pm between Reillywood Ave and Atlantic Avenue for repaving. Updates for Crows Woods access will be posted as they become available. Anticipated duration 3 days.

The intersection of Lincoln and Walnut Avenue closed to through traffic from 7 am to 4 pm for restoration. Anticipated duration 5 days.

Roberts Avenue between Kings Highway and Belmont Avenue from 7 am to 5 pm for utility work. Anticipated duration 2 weeks.

PLEASE OBSERVE ALL DETOURS AND DRIVE SAFELY! Posted 12/5/2017

Leaf Collection & Extended Leaf Information, 2017

On Thursday, December 7, leaf trucks will begin working in the Thursday trash route.   A Reminder:  December collection for veg debris in cans and brown paper bags will be Dec. 4 - 8 on trash day. Posted:  12/6/17

From Commissioner Moscatelli:

Many residents have contacted the Borough regarding the number of trees which are still dropping leaves, that leaf collection ends next week, and asking if we can extend leaf collection.  During leaf collection the Borough has 5 to 6 leaf trucks out collecting 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, utilizing all available DPW personnel as well as 9 temporary workers each day.  This is a significant and costly effort for the Borough.  However, we do recognize the difficulty the late leaf fall causes for residents.

Therefore, starting December 11, DPW will continue to put 2 or 3 leaf trucks out during normal work hours and continue to collect leaves.  We will restart in Monday's trash route as soon as we have completed the 3rd round in Friday's trash route and work our way around town as best we can.  We will continue collecting leaves until either we have made a full 4th pass, or until winter weather decides to visit us; we need the leaf collection equipment to plow snow and salt roads, and once we switch over it is impractical to switch back and forth.  This is the best compromise we can arrive at without 'busting' the budget.

While we are making this 4th pass, we will maintain a list of street that have been completed on the Borough facebook, updated each weekday, for reference.

Residents are also able to bag any remaining leaves and put them out for vegetative waste collection during the first week of January.

Please be aware, the prohibition on raking piles of leaves in the street still applies, and tickets will be issued to offenders.  Leaves should be raked as close to the road as possible, without being in the road or blocking the sidewalk.

If you have questions, please contact DPW at 856-429-0183, or email Public Works Commissioner Moscatelli at jmoscatelli@haddonfield-nj.gov  Posted 12/1/2017

Kings Highway closed Nov 22

On Wednesday November 22, 2017 from appox. 9:30am-1pm Kings Highway will be closed from Sylvan Lake to Hopkins in front of the High School.  Please seek an alternate route.  Please check back here closer to the date for any updates. Posted 11/17/2017

Special Meeting of the Planning Board 

There will be a special meeting of the Planning Board to hear the amendment to the Bancroft Redevelopment Plan on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 7:30pm in the auditorium.  Click here.

Work on Hopkins Pond Dam and Evans Pond Dam 

The County has authorized work to be done at both dams located in Haddonfield.  Work will begin Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Hopkins Pond Dam location.  Click on the links below to view the engineer drawing for the work at each dam.
Hopkins Pond Dam
Evans Pond Dam

Special Commissioners Meeting 

There will be a Special Commissioners on Thursday November 2, 2017 at 7:00pm at Borough Hall.  This meeting is to authorize the referral of amendments tothe redevelopment plan to the Planning Board.  Please see the Sunshine Notice here.  Posted 10/25/2017

Chipper Pickup Week (10/16) 

Last week for Chipper pickup is the week of 10/16/17 - get your branches out for chipping before your trash day!  After next week chipper will be back out in January.  Posted 10/13/2017

October 10th Commissioner Meeting Agenda - Irresponsible Dog Owner Ordinance Information from the 10/6/2017 edition of The Retrospect 

The Commissioners would like to advise any residents interested in attending the Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Commissioner Meeting to discuss the Irresponsible Dog Owner Ordinance introduction, which was mentioned on the front page of the 10/6/2017 edition of The Retrospect, that this ordinance has been pulled from the agenda as of today.  It was determined that additional changes to this ordinance need to be made before it's introduction. Posted 10/6/2017

Leaf Violation Tickets 

Violations for improper leaf placement will start Tuesday October 10th.  Leaf collection with loose leaves at the curb for the vacuum truck will begin the week of October 30th, before that all leaves must be placed in barrels or paper bags at the curb for vegetative waste collection up to and including the week of Oct. 23rd.  LEAVES ARE NEVER PERMITTED IN THE ROAD.  If you or your landscapers place leaves in the road in violation of the ordinance (195-9)you may be ticketed.  The ticket will be $50 without a mandatory court appearance for the first offense.  A second offense within a 5-year period will require a municipal court appearance and if convicted the court will determine the fine. Posted 10/5/2017

Trash Collection Columbus Day Holiday

Trash, Recycling, and Veg Collection for the week of October 9 will be as follows: Monday, Oct. 9,  Columbus Day:  Reg. trash collection for Monday routes, recycling postponed to Tuesday, Veg postponed to Wed. Tuesday, Oct. 10:  Reg. trash collection for Tuesday routes, Recycling for Monday and Tuesday routes, Veg postponed to Wed. Wed, Oct. 11:  Reg. Trash and Recycling collection for Wed. routes, Veg collection for Monday and Tues. routes.  Wed. Veg postponed to Thursday. Thurs. Oct. 12:  Reg. Trash and Recycling collection for Thur. routes, Veg collection for Wed. and Thur routes. Friday, Oct. 13:  Reg. Trash, Recycling, and Veg collection for the Friday routes.  Posted 10/5/2017

Free to Haddonfield Residents

Haddonfield Borough Hall is disposing of surplus items, please come to Room 101 in Borough Hall during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to view them.  First come, first serve.  They will be offered for free until October 13th.  Own a piece of Haddonfield Borough hall history! Posted 10/3/2017
Facebook Offer to Residents - 10-03-2017_Page_1Facebook Offer to Residents - 10-03-2017_Page_2Facebook Offer to Residents - 10-03-2017_Page_3        NOTE:  the small desk is 29"H x 36"W x 30"D and comes with a keyboard tray and adjustable shelf

Safety Alerts

The Camden County Freeholder Board’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is now using Swift911 to help keep Camden County residents informed during fires, outages, floods, hurricanes, evacuations, road closures and other emergency events. Swift911 will allow the Board of Freeholders to quickly alert constituents via voice, text, fax, email and CAP/IPAWS.  Click here to sign up for this important service that will notify you of impending safety concerns.    

The Freeholder Board unveiled a new technology that makes the Camden County Communications Center one of the first 911 Call Centers in New Jersey to have the ability to accept text messaging. The county has collaborated with the state Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services as well as wireless telephone providers to make Text-to-911 a reality.  Residents who may have difficulty making a phone call in an emergency situation can text 911 and receive follow up texts from the county communications center. It is also useful if you have texting capabilities but not phone reception. This service, which works like a regular texting thread, is received in the radio room by a public safety telecommunicator and dispatched once contact has been made.  Nevertheless, as popular as texting is for standard communication today the Camden County Department of Public Safety is asking that anyone that can use a phone to call should always make that a priority and text only if you are unable to speak to a dispatcher. Posted 9/21/17

Free Shredding Event

Haddonfield will be hosting the annual free shredding event this year.  Join us Saturday October 7th from 9am - 1pm at One Centennial Square (enter off Euclid).  Click here for more information.  Posted 9/18/2017

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Camden County Board of Freeholders is proud to present a free household hazardous waste collection event.  This event will take place on Saturday September 16 from 8:30am - 3:00pm at the Pennsauken Sanity Landfill located at 9600 N. River Road Pennsauken.  Collections are held rain or shine.  Click here for more information. Posted 9/8/2017

NJAW Water Flushing Fall Schedule

Each year, New Jersey American Water scrubs their pipes in the nearly 200 communities they serve. This is an essential part of their system maintenance program, because it helps us continue to provide you with high-quality water service.
To cleanse the system, they systematically open the fire hydrants to increase water flows – allowing us to “flush” any minerals and deposits from the pipes. While flushing the system won’t interrupt your water service, when crews are working in your area, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is normal. If this happens, simply let your cold water run until it is clear.
Customer Tips Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.
If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clear. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes.
Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR�€ˆLAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.
In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.
If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.
2017 Flushing Schedule Here is a link to the areas where flushing is scheduled. Please know this is partial. Check website weekly to find out when we're flushing in your area.  2017 Flushing Schedule  Posted 9/5/2017

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

For the week of Sept. 4, Trash, Recycling, and Veg will be collected as follows:

Monday, Sept. 4:  Labor Day Holiday, no collections.  Public Works Dept. is closed. Tuesday, Sept. 5:  Trash and Recycling collection for the Monday and Tuesday routes, Veg postponed to Wednesday. Wednesday, Sept. 6:  Trash and Recycling on schedule, Veg pickup for the Mon. and Tues. trash routes. Thursday, Sept. 7:  Trash and Recycling on schedule, Veg pickup for Wed. and Thur. trash routes. Friday, Sept. 8:  Trash, Recycling, and Veg on schedule.

Remember, the chipper is now scheduled for the week of September 18 – Third Week of the Month!! Posted 8/31/17

New Resources for Lost and Found Pets

If you  have lost or found a pet in Haddonfield please visit our website for resources to help you get the pet home.  This information may be found in the Information section of the website.  There is listed the numbers for area shelters where pets may be taken, what to do if you lose or find a pet, tips for finding a pet, and a link for Camden County Lost and Found Listings.  Together we can make it easier for pets to get home safely! Posted 8/31/17

New Chipper Schedule

Beginning September 2017, the chipper truck will run only on the third full week of the month, beginning on the third Monday of the month.  (This is a change from the 2016 schedule.)  Remember, the chipper does not run during November and December when Public Works is collecting leaves.   For additional information on chipping, see:  Chipper Schedule and Information. Posted 8/30/17

Holiday Collection Schedule

IMPORTANT CHIPPER UPDATE: 7/6/17 Due to unforeseen circumstances, the chipper will not be able to complete the Thursday and Friday sections this week.  Those streets in the Thursday section that did not receive chipper service on 7/6, and all of the Friday route, will receive chipper service during the week of 7/10/17.  We apologize for the  inconvenience.
For the week of July 3rd, trash, recycling, etc. will be collected as follows: Monday, July 3
:  Trash, Recycling, Veg, and Chipping on schedule Tuesday, July 4:  No Collections Wednesday, July 5:  Trash and Recycling collection for the Tuesday and Wed. routes.  Veg for the Tuesday routes.  Chipping for the Tuesday and Wednesday routes.  Thursday, July 6:  Trash and Recycling on schedule for Thursday routes.  Veg collection for the Wed. and Thursday routes.  Chipping for Thursday route. Friday, July 7:  Trash, Recycling and Veg on schedule for Friday routes.  Chipping for Friday route. 

Extra Chipper Pickup

Due to the recent storms the chipper will be out during the week of June 26.  Because the storm hit heaviest in the "Friday trash section", on Monday 6/26 the chipper will start with the Friday route and work backwards, ending with the Monday trash route. On Friday, June 30, the Chipper Truck will complete the Tuesday trash route and also work in the Monday section. On June 30 the holiday schedule for trash, recycling, veg and chipping will be posted for the week of July 3.
Posted 6/29/17

Spring Clean-up/Storm Clean-up Information

April 24 is the final week of Spring Clean-up for 2017.  During the week of April 24, the leaf machine will be out; place raked leaves in piles at the park strip.  Please do not placed the piles in the street; Borough Ordinance #139-1 prohibits this.   Also, do not place branches on top of leaf piles.  Please have your loose leaves out prior to your trash day to ensure collection by this truck.  During Spring Clean-up the Borough also relaxes the restrictions regarding trash limits and encourages residents to clean out basements, attics, etc.  For additional information see Spring Clean-up. The Chipper has complete clean-up after the March storm; all streets have been visited twice.  During the week of May 1 the chipper returns to the regular once per month schedule; it will be out the 1st full week of May on the trash day.   Posted 4/25/17

County-wide Smart911

The Camden County Board of Freeholders is proud to announce the State's first countywide Smart911 system.  This program will save critical time in emergency situations.  Smart911 is a free nationwide service that allows users to create a Smart911 Safety Profile, which provides vital information to emergency dispatchers and first responders during an emergency.  Camden County residents are encouraged to create their safety profile with Smart911 to have their information available to dispatchers and to receive emergency notifications.  Smart911 is private and secure, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system.  To sign up please click here: https://www.smart911.com/smart911/registration/registrationLanding.action Posted 3/17/17

Emergency Notification System

The Haddonfield Police Dept. in conjunction with the Camden County Office of Emergency Management announce the Borough's participation of a new emergency notification system for Haddonfield.  "Swift911" is a reverse 911 system that will enable the Police Dept. to broadcast emergency notifications via Text, Voice and Email of emergent information for the Borough.  Please click here for registration: https://portalv4.swiftreach.com/portal.aspx?c=202253 Posted 3/17/17

Storm Clean-Up Information

Due to the storm there are many down trees and down branches.  The Chipper Truck will be out next week starting March 20th.  Please have your limbs and branches loose at the curb, not tied up.  The Chipper Truck cannot accept branches and limbs 6 inches in diameter or greater, those are just too large for our equipment.  Please place your limbs and branches at the curb on your trash day, we will likely not be able to maintain the schedule so leave out the debris until it is picked up.  The Veg truck will also be out next week, so please have your bagged or green-canned veg waste at the curb on your trash day.  Posted 3/15/2017

IMPORTANT STORM INFORMATION

Due to the storm there are many down trees and down wires.  DO NOT APPROACH DOWN WIRES!  
For emergencies please call 9-1-1. 
Public Works Dept. is without power and phones, please use the following list to report issues---
To report down wires call: Police Dispatch 856-429-3000
To report a down tree/down limbs/trees and limbs in street call: Police Dispatch 429-3000
To report power outage call: PSE&G 1-800-436-7734
For non-emergencies please call: 429-4700 x 200

 Trash and Recycling Rescheduled

Due to the upcoming weather event, Tuesday's Trash and Recycling collection will be postponed until Wednesday, 3/15/17.  The expectation is that on Wednesday, both the Tuesday and Wednesday trash and recycling routes will be collected.  Please share this with your neighbors.

New way to report concerns

We’ve made some new changes to the website!  When you report a pothole, an animal issue, trash or recycling problems or issues with trees etc., through this online program you will receive an email back to let you know we have your concern and you will be contacted when the Borough has completed work on the issue.  This new function also allows you to view various town maps to look up things like property values and taxes.  We’re putting the power of information into your hands!  We hope this interactive section will make it easier for you to report issues and know when they have been completed.  This streamlined program will help our offices connect with each other to resolve problems and work in a more cohesive way to improve the Borough.  You will be able to access this new program on our website https://main.govpilot.com/web/public/bfe69664-845.html?id=0&uid=7072&pu=1&ust=NJ  Posted 3/10/2017

Statement by Mayor Kasko on JCC Bomb Threat Press Release of 2/28/2017

This morning, I was saddened to read about the horrible threat directed at the Katz Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey in Cherry Hill.  I am relieved that the threat of a bomb was just that, and that no one was injured or put in a life-threatening situation.  I join Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn, other elected officials, and area religious leaders in condemning this action and supporting a full investigation and prosecution of those guilty of this abhorrent act of intimidation and threat of violence.  I know too many people, myself included, who have attended programs and activities at the JCC, including many Haddonfield children, families, and senior citizens, and we deserve a JCC that is safe from this type of uncivilized threat.  As others have said similarly before, "An act of intimidation or violence against anyone is an act against all of us."  I strongly believe that the safety and sanctity of every human life, and the freedom of religious belief, are bedrock principles for our nation.  No community or elected official should stand by silently when an act of intimidation, hatred, or violence occurs nearby.  I want the Jewish community in Haddonfield and South Jersey to know that I join government officials at all levels in working to provide a safe and secure environment for all people and condemning this type of criminal behavior.
Signed:  Mayor Jeffrey Kasko

Trash, Recycling & Veg Schedule Week of 2/20/17

Mon. 2/20/17:  Trash on Schedule, Recycling postponed to 2/21/17 Tues. 2/21/17  Trash and Recycling on Schedule
Schedule for Vegetative yard debris in green cans and paper bags is as follows during the week of 2/20: Monday and Tuesday routes will be collected on Wednesday, 2/22/17 Wednesday and Thursday routes will be collected on Thursday, 2/23/17 Friday route will be collected on Friday, 2/24/17

Statement from the Haddonfield Human Relations Commission

In these challenging times, when many Americans are questioning the motivations and decisions of federal executive, legislative and judicial officials, including those actions regarding our nation's borders, immigration and refugee policies, and human rights, we would like to reaffirm our support for fair and just laws that respect our history as a nation of immigrants.  We would also like to reaffirm our support for respecting human dignity, valuing diversity in our community, and ensuring our town is a welcoming place for all people, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, education, or socio-economic status.  The Haddonfield Human Relations Commission offers a platform for discussion of these and other issues and welcomes residents to our public meetings held in Borough Hall on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Chairman: Carl Maugeri Members:  Linda Brees, Wendy Brown-Blau, Kelly Gilrain, Heather Kumor, Ellen Stone, Lori Warsaw, Mayor Jeff Kasko, ex officio.

Property Tax Card Program

The Borough of Haddonfield is pleased to announce a new property tax and shopping incentive program, sponsored by the Partnership for Haddonfield and Republic Bank, that allows you to receive a percentage of your local purchases back as a credit on your property tax bill!  It’s as easy as using the Shop Haddonfield reward card when you shop at participating Haddonfield businesses. Renters and visitors can also participate and receive an annual rebate check.  To find out more information go to http://www.haddonfieldnj.org/departments/taxes_finances_and_budget/property_tax_card_program.php 

Trash, Recycling & Chipper Schedules, Week of January 2, 2017

Trash & Recycling will be collected as follows: Mon. 1/2/17: Trash on Schedule; Recycling Postponed to 1/3/17 Tues. 1/3 - 1/6/17 - Trash & Recycling on Schedule    The Chipper will collect Christmas Trees and unbundled branches during the weeks of January 3 & 9, 2017.  Please place them for collection on your trash day.  The Public Works Dept. is closed on January 2. The next scheduled collection by the Veg Truck for Veg debris in green cans and brown paper bags is the 3rd week of the month, Jan. 16 - 20.

BOXWOOD HALL

The Haddonfield Board of Commissioners was approached many months ago by Boxwood Arts, an organization proposing to build a theater arts center behind, and attached to, Boxwood Hall.  The Commissioners felt there was merit to this proposal and agreed to give Boxwood arts time to explore this project.
While this matter has recently been in the press, Boxwood Arts remains in the exploratory phase of this project, and has not yet submitted any applications to the Borough.  The Borough continues to allow them time to see if they can bring this concept to the application stage.
If, and when, Boxwood Arts is prepared to bring an application, they must go through several approval steps.  The first step will be to update the zoning on this property to allow its use as a theater.  This rezoning process will set the parameters any construction must meet.  Changing the zoning for this parcel will be done through the Planning Board.  If this passes, Boxwood Arts must then bring their plans to the Haddonfield Historic Preservation Commission, as well as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHIPO). If approval is obtained, the application would go to the Planning Board for review.
Public input and comment will be encouraged at each step in this process, and Boxwood Arts will need to convince these Boards that this project is well conceived and appropriate.
The Commissioners are committed to following the recommendations of the Boards.  The Commissioners are also committed to ensuring this project is not subsidized by Borough tax dollars.  One possible scenario is for Boxwood Arts to lease the land from the Borough for a fee that takes in to account what the Borough spent to acquire that property, and the property taxes lost, as well as ensure the Borough will not be financially liable if the project turns out not to be successful.