By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
Two members of the Bellmawr Police Department were promoted to Corporal during ceremonies at last week’s Borough Council meeting.
Following weeks of studying and testing, Joseph Falcone and John Marrone received their stripes.
Corporal Falcone was sworn in by Public Safety Director John Bollinger, and Corporal Marrone was sworn in by Councilman Jim D’Angelo, at the Councilman’s request.
Chief Bill Walsh and Captain Craig Wilhelm also took part in the ceremonies, as the officers’ families, friends, and fellow law enforcement professionals watched.
Council President Lou Di Angelo chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Frank Filipek, who is currently recovering from hip surgery.
He, along with his Council colleagues, all wished the Corporals well in their future police careers. Committee business,
Steve Sauter noted that the new Borough budget would be introduced in title only that evening.
Mr. Di Angelo commented on the Giant Yard Sale on March 24, adding Good Will Industries participated.
He also said the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m., adding that the event will be over by 11:15.
The public portion got underway, as Peach Road resident Frank Esposito presented Council with several large stones.
He said one of them damaged his wife’s vehicle after it was kicked up by a moving dump truck entering the waterfront redevelopment site.
As Esposito allowed that the sweeper truck used in the area does a good job of clearing the roadway of dirt, these stones are too large for the unit to pick up with its vacuum system, and could cause further damage and/or injury if not removed.
Mr. D’Angelo, also Public Works Director, said part of the problem may stem from the State Police rerouting the daily truck traffic in and out of the site, by denying the use of Harding Avenue, which connects Creek Road with Route 42 South.
Currently, the constant parade of trucked in soil is using Exit 3 of the NJ Turnpike, Exit 28 of Route 295 (both empty onto Black Horse Pike), and Edgewood Avenue, which connects Creek Road with Route 42 North.
Chief Walsh added that whereas some days there is no line, there are days where there are 40 or more trucks on the move up and down the affected highways.
Mr. Di Angelo then asked the Chief if he would confer with the State Police and Highway Superintendent Joe Ciano on the matter.
All business on the agenda was unanimously approved, including:
Resolution #03:74-12, which introduced the 2012 Municipal Budget in title only; Ordinance #03:6-12 was introduced, which, when approved, will allow for exceeding certain budget appropriations; and Ordinances #02:04-12 and #02:05-12 were given their second reading, public hearing and final adoption, and deal with the sale of land parcels to the State D.O.T., in preparation for their planned Route 42/-295/676 highway project.
The areas sold were on Windsor Drive where there are no homes, as well as the tee ball field off of Essex Avenue, which sits within Bellmawr Park School property.
The Annual St. Joachim (Annunciation) Parish Carnival will be Monday, May 7, to Saturday, May 12, and the appropriate permits were approved.
For information contact Borough Hall at 933-1313, or at: bellmawr.com.