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Bellmawr Planning Board Authorized to Undertake Preliminary Investigation Re: Anderson Ave. Parcel

Bellmawr Council approved a  Resolution authorizing the Bellmawr Planning Board to undertake a preliminary investigation regarding 191 Anderson Avenue,

On March 22, 2018, Bellmawr Council approved a Resolution authorizing the Bellmawr Planning Board to undertake a preliminary investigation regarding 191 Anderson Avenue, Block 80, Lot 2.

Resolution #03:100-18 states that the Borough of Bellmawr owns Block 80, Lot 2 pursuant to Deed from New Jersey Department of Transportation to the Bellmawr Sewage Authority in 1960. “Said Parcel is approximately .554 acres in size and triangularly shaped and utilized principally for underground pipes and a small pumphouse building.”

The front of the site is the Polish Catholic Cemetery (Resurrection of Christ Cemetery) on Anderson Avenue and the Route 295 right of way.

Anderson Avenue
DJI Mavic Pro Drone photo and video by Cara Forline. Left is the pumphouse. Right are the Bellmawr Hockey rinks.

“Inquiries have been made to the Borough of Bellmawr from parties interested in potential commercial development of the subject site for a low impact, low traffic office and storage location for an existing business in the Borough that is presently being relocated; and it is possible that the property may potentially be declared an area in need of redevelopment under the New Jersey Redevelopment Law,” the Resolution reads.

“The Planning Board shall proceed on notice and public hearing. The use of eminent domain need not be investigated, reviewed or authorized as the Borough already owns the subject property … The Planning Board is requested to forward its report and findings pursuant to a Resolution adopted by the Board with all of the appropriate necessary findings noted therein.”

Councilman Jim D’Angelo voted no on this Resolution.

SJO will provide updates on this matter as information becomes available.

Anderson Ave.

In other matters, all other business on council’s meeting agenda was approved. With regard to the bill list, Councilman Steve Sauter abstained from those invoices relating to monthly pest control. (Click the images below to view in detail.)

Meeting Agenda

Bill List

March, 2018 Bill list

Also during the meeting, Jared Walton was promoted to Corporal, Harry Sturgis was promoted to Patrolman, and Ronald Pataky was sworn in as Special Class Officer II.

Above: Lt. Mike Draham, Capt. Scott Parker, Officer Ronald Pataky, Corp. Jared Walton, Ptl. Harry Sturgis, and Chief William Walsh. Below from left: Patrolman Harry Sturgis, Corp. Jared Walton, and Ron Pataky, who was sworn in as Class II Officer. (All photos by SJO)

On behalf of PBA Local 375, Patrolman Kevin Lokaj announced Citizens Awards that were given to Nicholas Branco Kelly Draham and David Heckman.

Watch: Video of Council’s Committee Reports