*Article updated on April 5, 2016 to include responses received from Borough Administrator, Josh Tregear. My March 30, 2016 email asked if there was a loan amount and purpose for Resolution #03-86-16, which authorized a loan application from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program because as approved there was no purpose or loan amount listed.
The March 30 email also asked if there was an updated bill list. Tregear wrote:
“The purpose of this loan is for various water system improvements to the Borough’s drinking water infrastructure. This includes the replacement and installation of a number of water mains, assorted valve replacements, and the upgrade of 30 fire hydrants. The loan amount applied for is $1.28 mil.”
As for the bill list, Tregear wrote: “Yes, there were additions. Maria Fasulo (CFMO) will provide you with an updated list.”
Councilman Steve Hagerty said during the March 30 council meeting that the Borough’s budget would be available online through the Borough’s website.
The Borough’s 2016 Introduced Budget can be viewed by clicking here.
Of the budget, Hagerty said: “We are looking at a local increase on an average assessed home in town of three cents. That is the municipality. We do not know the school or the state yet. The adoption is scheduled for April 28 at the council meeting.”
Continuing with his report, Hagerty also stated: “Fire and EMS have been very busy. A lot of that has to do with the construction that is going on and people trying to beat the traffic on the Black Horse Pike. I will talk to the Chief (William Walsh) to see if we can get a better look at that at rush hours when traffic is heavier.”
As for Fire, Hagerty said: “We are sad to announce that Bellmawr Park lost a lifetime member with the passing of Mr. (Michael) Narducci. Mayor and Council wish to express our condolences to the family.”
For Police, Hagerty said: “We spoke with the School Board and the superintendent, Annette Castiglione, about the parking situation at Bellmawr Park. It seems like it is somewhat a little better, but the majority of it is just communication between the parents picking up and dropping their kids off at school. We know it is a school and there’s going to be heavy volumes. If there is communication between the parents and the people that live in that area having a little respect for one another, I think it could be smooth. We had a couple of cops out there.”
Hagerty also spoke of a handicapped sign that has been placed on Windsor Drive to serve as a “heads up” for the people traveling through that street.
Mayor Frank Filipek stated: “I think the people of Bellmawr will be very happy with our budget, it will probably be one of the lowest in the area.”
Councilmen Spector, D’Angelo, Sauter, and Bider also gave reports. Councilman Paul Sandrock was absent from the meeting.
Following are excerpted portions from the councilmen’s reports:
Councilman David Spector:
The Borough of Bellmawr has received the Community Block Grant from the County of Camden. Plans are to install the ADA compliant person lift for handicapped residents and install stairs making them ADA compliant as well. This project has been waiting necessary funding and will be completed by our borough maintenance workers.
Borough employees will be planting spring flowers throughout the municipality in all locations also more signage to welcome folks traveling through our town.
Councilman Jim D’Angelo:
Opening day for baseball and softball is April 9. Roberts Avenue playground is continuing to be refurbished. We had a minor bit of vandalism on Kennedy Boulevard, but it was fixed in a day.
Councilman Steve Sauter:
Under Public Works, the department has been extremely busy assisting other departments with water and sewer main breaks and the playground rehabilitation for Roberts Avenue Park.
As the weather is turning warmer, the highway department will be performing reconstruction projects on these roadways: Campanell Avenue, Devon, and Haag Avenue.
In addition, the following walking tracks are scheduled for asphalt rehabilitation: Sixth Avenue Park, the Rec Center, and Sauter Park on Park Drive.
Other projects awaiting DEP approval or funding include: recreation enhancement with the waterfront access located on Creek Road, and replacement of all street signs with high intensity lettering and the blue Bellmawr coloring.
Our administrative department has been compiling records and data for the January 23 storm (Jonas) for FEMA reimbursement. They’ve been working hand and hand with Jim Burleigh.
As a further reminder, all vegetative waste will be collected on Wednesdays and should be placed out in the containers. Brush should be tied and bundled. We would appreciate if everyone could comply.
Also, I would like to congratulate Pat Gallagher from the Public Works Department on completing his Rutgers sponsored certified (requirements for) Public Works Coordinator.
Councilman Ray Bider:
Adding on to what Steve (Hagerty) said: April 27 is the date for the final approval for the school board budget. It has been submitted to the county. At this point, it appears that local and Black Horse Pike Regional School District combined increase to the town is going to be in the two cent range. It will become official barring no county involvement. So you are dealing with a small decrease with one and a small increase with the other, which should balance almost equal.
VFW 9563 and VFW 7410 will be selling poppies in the next couple of weeks. The poppies represent the bloodshed of the American soldiers. All of the funds do go back to local VFWs for their own veterans. If anyone needs memorial flags or markers for a grave, in New St. Mary’s or another cemetery, please let me or another member of the VFW know because we will be putting them out the second week of May. If you have a relative or friend at a cemetery not in Bellmawr, please ask.
The VFW 9563 on Essex Avenue has been painted by the painters union. They brought about 20 painters and painted the entire outside of the building, at no charge to the VFW. However, the VFW had to pay for the paint, but not any of the labor.
In other matters:
The Bellmawr Purple Eagles Cheerleading squads and their coaches were presented with certificates for placing first in recent competitions. For their wins, the squads will be given a pizza party courtesy of Mayor and Council.
The family of Brian McGlinchey was honored with a Memorial Condolence Resolution. Mr. McGlinchey passed away suddenly on January 11, 2016. He was a coach, head coach, general manager, league representative and also vice president of the Bellmawr Purple Eagles. He was also a basketball referee and a member of the IAABO.
Mike “Juice” Williams was also recently honored with a safety award by the Camden County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF). Williams said he was surprised by the award. He stated: “Although I was humbled and honored when I received the award, it is a team effort. I share this award with all of my employees and supervisors. I also thank Mayor and Council for making Bellmawr a safe place to work.”
Williams has been Bellmawr’s Safety Coordinator for 33 years, works for the Borough’s highway department, and is also a member of the Bellmawr Board of Education.
Lou DiAngelo spoke about the Camden County Block Development Grant that will be used so the Borough Hall will be handicapped accessible and ADA complaint. DiAngelo said that the Borough has been working on this for about five-seven years. He explained that there were 10 different applicants and five were taken.
“Bellmawr was number one out of the five and will receive $106,000,” DiAngelo stated. He credited Public Works Director, Joe Ciano, for his work in getting the grant proposals together.
A resident of Brown Avenue asked about the possibility of installing a speed bump on her street because of speeding cars. She said that as the first through street coming off of the Black Horse Pike, she would like consideration of having a speed bump placed on Brown Avenue. Mayor Filipek asked Councilman Steve Hagerty to speak with Chief William Walsh about the matter.
Hagerty also said that Captain Craig Wilhelm retired from the Bellmawr Police Department after 33 years.
Captain Wilhelm started working in the department in 1983 as a dispatcher and worked his way through the ranks as dispatcher, special officer, patrolman, corporal, lieutenant, and Captain.
All business on the council meeting agenda was passed.
Ordinance #03:08-16: First reading and introduction of Bond Ordinance of the Borough of Bellmawr that provides for the purpose of one 29-yard Peterbilt trash truck for the sanitation department and appropriating the sum of $220,000.00 and authoring the issuance of $195,000.00 for the financing of said appropriation.
Resolution #03:85-16 authorizing a shared services agreement between the Board of Education of Sterling High School District doing business as South Jersey Technology Partnership (SJTP) for services that may include, but are not limited to, business office services, technical support, electrical, curriculum services, Ahera (asbestos) services, HVAC, plumbing, custodial, construction management, maintenance services, and supplies and materials.
Resolution #03-86-16 authorizing application for loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program.*
Resolution #03:91-16 authorizing payment of the March bills. The bill list was provided on March 21 in response to an OPRA request.*
Mayor and Council will meet next for its caucus on Thursday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room at Borough Hall. April’s monthly council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom at Borough Hall.
*Notes: Concerning Resolution #03-86-16: An email was sent on March 30 to Borough Clerk, Chuck Sauter, and Business Administrator, Josh Treagar, asking about the loan amount and the purpose of the loan. The email also asked if there were any changes or additions to the bill list. Neither Sauter nor Treagar responded to the email.
*Additionally, council meeting minutes were not approved during the meeting.
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