By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
The issue of buses and traffic safety was brought to the attention of Bellmawr Borough Council during its February 23 meeting. Thompson Avenue resident Leonard Gill voiced his concerns regarding buses parking along Creek Road, adjacent to LARC School.
Code Enforcement Official Jim Burleigh said the buses had been parking in an adjacent lot to the school, but have slowly been making their way back onto the street.
Mayor Frank Filipek echoed Burleigh’s remarks, in saying that they (the bus drivers) were supposed to take care of it.
The manner in which the buses stage along Creek Road creates a blind spot for drivers turning onto the highway from Thompson Avenue, as well as other nearby side streets.
Public Safety Director John Bollinger sated he would speak with Police Chief Bill Walsh to see if an officer’s presence in the area would alleviate resident concerns.
In committee reports, Bollinger commented on two separate recent robberies.
One was at the Wawa on West Browning Road, in which the suspect was apprehended; and the other was at the Payless Shoe Store in the Brooklawn Shopping Centre, where Bellmawr assisted Brooklawn Police.
It was unclear as of presstime if that suspect(s) was/were arrested by authorities.
In other business, Dave Duncan said work will begin soon in and around Borough Hall.
Jim D’Angelo said the Public Works Department has had a “good” winter – so far. He added very little money has needed to be spent on salt, and brine, as the area has seen very little snow.
Steve Sauter said Council is continuing work on the budget, adding it will be introduced by title only at next month’s meeting.
Lou Di Angelo said he met with various area sports teams the week of February 13 who will be using Borough sports fields in 2012, adding that concussion training was discussed.
He also commented on a giant yard sale slated for Saturday March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Recreation Centre on Creek Road.
He said 12’x12’ vendor spaces will be sold for $10, noting anyone buying a space will need to provide their own table(s).
Mayor Filipek added remarks on the progress of the Bottom Dollar construction site, believing it will be completed sometime in May. A pass-by of the site revealed the building’s shell is almost completed.
Also, Filipek said the 7 Eleven Company intends to build a new store at Black Horse Pike and East Browning Road.
All business on the evening’s agenda was unanimously approved, including the following:
Second reading, public hearing and final adoption: Ordinances #01:01-12 and #01:02-12, regarding snow emergency routes; and Ordinance #01:03-12, regarding reimbursement to the Borough, for services rendered by Bellmawr EMS.
First readings and introductions were also made for the following:
Ordinances #02:04-12 and #02:05-12, regarding the sale and transfer of Borough property, prior to the start of the Route 295 “Direct Connect” project, to the State DOT.
Resolution #02:53-12 was also approved, for the receipt of the 2012-2013 Community Development (CDBG) Block Grant funding, in the amount of $40,800.
Special permits were also granted to Saint Rita (Mary Mother) Parish, along with Bellmawr Police P.B.A. Local #375, for their upcoming social fundraising events.
The next Council meeting is Thursday March 22, at 7 p.m.
For information contact Borough Hall at 933-1313, or at www.bellmawr.com.