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Bellmawr Council Approves Final Passage on Several New Laws

By Chris Concannon

Gloucester City News

  As Hurricane Irene hammered up the eastern seaboard, Bellmawr took many steps to prepare for it.

  Councilman Jim D’Angelo, director of Public Works, gave a report during the Bellmawr Council meeting Thursday, August 25, saying that he had met with all of his department heads and that they were ready to go.

  He also thanked his departments for their hard work in his absence, as he had been recovering from recent hip surgery.

  The Borough had set up an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in advance of the storm, at the police station.

  As Irene began to batter the area on August 27, emergency calls were sent to the EOC, with police, fire and EMS calls dispatched from there by local Emergency Management personnel.

  In other Borough business, Councilman John Bollinger said there had been a recent break-in, adding that the Police Department did a god job in their response to the incident.

  Councilman Lou Di Angelo said the annual Summer Youth Program had concluded earlier that day (August 2), adding all of the participants had a great time. He is already looking forward to next year’s program of activities.

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

  Four Borough ordinances were given their second readings, public hearings and final adoptions, as follows: Ordinance #04:08-11, regarding fees and penalties on rental properties; Ordinance #07:13-11, creating the position of Fire Prevention Specialist (As of press time, it was unclear who would fill that position); Ordinance #07:14-11, providing for the enforcement of the Uniform Fire Safety Code (UFSC), as it relates to Bellmawr; and Ordinance #07:15-11, establishing dog park rules.

  Resolution #08:161-11 was also adopted, in which the Borough accepted an offer by the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase a parcel of land, as part of the upcoming Route 295 Direct Connect project.

  The parcel, considered a utility easement, will be used by the DOT for said project.

  Two groups were approved for Social Affair permits: Deptford Little League for a comedy night on Friday September 9, at the Bellmawr Park VFC Hall on Essex Avenue, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and St. Rita Parish (formerly Mary, Mother of the Church), for a Beef and Beer social Saturday, September 24, at the Parish Hall, from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

  The parish was also approved for a raffle license for the same affair.

  The next Bellmawr Council meeting is Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall.

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


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