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Bellmawr Receives $47,400 Grant for Street Repairs

By Chris Concannon

Gloucester City News


  A letter was read during last week’s Bellmawr Council meeting from a resident, who thanked the Sewer Department for saving several ducklings who were stuck in a sewer grate.

  Sewer Department employees responded within minutes, and the young waterfowl were soon freed.

  Under committee reports, Councilman Lou DiAngelo said the Borough received a CDBG grant for $47,400, which will be used to make repairs to two or three streets.

  Councilman Jim D’An-gelo, Director of Public Works, is currently recovering from hip surgery and was unable to attend the meeting.

  DiAngelo said the Summer Youth Program will begin July 5 for children from 7-12 years of age at the Recreation Centre. Registration concludes July 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  The Monday through Friday program run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and includes lunch provided by program staff.

  Mayor Frank Filipek stated the Clean Communities program will run from July through August, with the Borough hiring approximately 86 Bellmawr youth between the ages of 14 and 15.

  Bellmawr Police Department Sergeant Scott Parker expressed concerns to Mayor and Council regarding the ongoing contract negotiations, noting that their local (PBA 375) has agreed to the Borough’s terms, including a heart attack clause.

  Borough Solicitor Robert Messick conferred with Sergeant Parker on the matter, which included changes to the Department’s prescription co-pay arrangement.

  All business on the evening’s agenda was approved, with the following of note:

  Two ordinances were finalized and approved: Ordinance #04:05-11, regarding water rates; and

Ordinance #05:09-11, regarding the acquisition of a new trash truck and snow plow, as $90,000 was appropriated for their purchase and $85,000 thousand for financing.

  Two ordinances were introduced for their first reading, including Ordinance #06:11-11, involving the re-mount and re-chassis of a Borough ambulance. Councilman John Bollinger (Public Safety Director) said the measure will save the Borough approximately $70,000. Some $80,000 was appropriated for the work, and $70,000 for its financing.

  Also, Ordinance #06:12-11, regarding violations and penalties for brush grass and obnoxious growth on homeowner properties.

  For information or questions, contact Bellmawr Borough Hall, at (856) 933-1313, or on the web, at www.bellmawr.com.

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