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By Chris Concannon

NEWS Correspondent

A number of residents from Rose Avenue questioned Bellmawr Mayor and Council during last week’s meeting about a home which caught fire on April 19.

Although cleanup teams have been removing burned out debris since the spring fire, the residents wondered what – if anything – was being done with the home.

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Mayor Frank Filipek said a portion of the property would be demolished in order to determine the soundness of the existing foundation.

He added that a new home would be built on the site. It will be sold openly, and not rented.

A check of the property revealed that although it is still completely boarded up, there is a dumpster located in the driveway for scrap and debris.

The Mayor said the new home would not have a “Mother-In-Law” suite of any kind.

The former unit had one such attachment, causing the property to appear ramshackle.

Councilman Peter Di Giambattista noted that the site plan would be heard before the local Planning Board.

Several comments were made regarding the dilapidated condition of the house and property, namely the home being “grandfathered” in terms of building codes.

It was alleged by Rose Avenue residents that the Fire Marshal at the time signed off on this grandfathering, and did not require the homeowners to bring the structure up to current codes.

Mayor and Council assured those in and around the home that the new building will definitely be up to code.

In committee reports, Mr. Di Giambattista said the municipal budget has been approved, and that the new tax bills have gone out -- with a due date of Tuesday, August 24, to have Borough taxes paid.

Councilman Lou De Angelo said the Summer Youth Program is in its third week, and some 100 Bellmawr youth attend daily.

Due to the extreme heat conditions over the summer, the participants have had to be sent home early on occasion.

Councilman John Bollinger said this year’s National Night Out will be Tuesday, August 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Bellmawr Rec Centre on Creek Road.

Mayor Filipek said there will be Fire, Police and EMS displays, and several refreshments and other attractions will be provided free of charge.

A thank you letter was read from LARC School Director Susan Weiner, thanking the Borough for their assistance in making improvements to the school’s parking area.

Filipek noted briefly that the recent Fourth of July Parade was one of the better ones in recent history.

For information on these and other Borough matters, contact Bellmawr Borough Hall, at (856) 933-1313, or on the web, at

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