By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
Bellmawr Mayor and Council announced that resurfacing work would begin on West Browning Road the week of October 31 during last week’s Council meeting.
An unnamed source indicated the milling and re-surfacing would begin on or around Thursday November 3.
The affected section will extend from West Browning Road (at Belmont Avenue) to East Browning Road (at Lewis Avenue), with both drivers and area residents being duly notified.
In Committee Reports, Councilman Jim D’Angelo (Director of Public Works) commented on the Borough’s recent co-purchase of a new, 20-yard trash truck with Mount Ephraim, as part of a continued Shared Services Agreement.
He also noted the continued look into a new salt/brine system to be shared with Gloucester City and Mt. Ephraim, yet another Shared Services venture.
Mayor Frank Filipek said Bellmawr may do more Shared Services Agreements than any other town.
Public Safety Director John Bollinger said the Police Department received a $1,900 grant for the purchase of new vests.
Councilman Steve Sauter commented on the Borough’s inaugural Harvest Festival held October 22, congratulating the employees who both put the event together and staffed it.
His colleagues on Council all echoed his sentiments.
Lou Di Angelo said they are gearing up to transform the Rec Centre into its winter wonderland form for the upcoming “Christmas In Bellmawr,” scheduled for the weekends of December 2 and 3, along with December 9, 10 and 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night.
The Borough’s annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting is set for Sunday, December 4, beginning at 7 p.m. from the former Annunciation School parking lot, wrapping up at the Municipal Complex on Lewis Avenue.
In his Mayor’s report, Filipek stated he, too, was amazed at the turnout for the Harvest Festival.
He also stated that the final days for the ongoing lawsuit regarding the proposed Bottom Dollar market site (located on the former IGA property) should carry a decision by the end of the week, hopefully.
The Mayor also noted that a new 7-Eleven store would go up on the former gas station site at the intersection of the Black Horse Pike and East Browning Road, and that an update on the landfill project is available on the Borough website.
Borough Code Official Jim Burleigh said that the home on Saunders Avenue, which has remained in severe disrepair, would be torn down by the end of next week.
Filipek added that a new agency has expressed interest in opening a medical marijuana facility in Bellmawr, adding they, too, were informed they would need to go before not only Bellmawr’s Zoning Board, but also speak at a public hearing, prior to any potential opening.
Burleigh also said Bellmawr is approximately 90 percent completed with the FEMA application in reference to recovering outlays stemming from “Hurricane” Irene.
A letter was read from Brooklawn Mayor Theresa Branella, thanking the Borough for their assistance in handling several traffic duties, during Brooklawn’s dedication of their 9/11 Memorial, located on Hannevig Avenue.
All business on the evening’s agenda was unanimously approved, with the exception of Resolution #10:178-11, which supports Shared Service3s between Bellmawr and Camden County, for snow removal on county roads, to which Councilman Jim D’Angelo voted “no.”
For information contact Borough Hall, at (856) 933-1313, or on the web, at www.belmawr.com.