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Bellmawr Traffic Advisory: Beginning April 21 Portion of Leaf Ave. Will Be One Way Only

Effective April 21, 2017, a portion of Leaf Avenue in Bellmawr will be one-way only.

The change will impact motorists exiting onto Leaf Avenue from southbound Route 42.  

Motorists will be directed to turn right turn onto Harding Avenue or left into the redevelopment site.

Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh previously explained: “This will avoid traffic coming off Route 42 and crossing over Harding. Numerous trucks and vehicles are doing this now to avoid the traffic control at Creek and Harding and creating a dangerous situation at the intersection of Leaf and Harding.”

To alert motorists of the change, a signboard has been placed at the intersection of Leaf and Harding.

Leaf Avenue One Way
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Leaf Avenue One Way
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Bellmawr Batting Cages Eyed for Early May Completion

Construction of the Bellmawr Batting Cages on Essex Avenue continues to progress and the targeted completion date is on or about May 1, “weather permitting,” stated Bellmawr Borough Administrator, Josh Tregear.

J.H. Williams, Inc. of Moorestown was awarded the $564,000 contract in November, 2016.

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All photos of the Bellmawr Batting Cages by SJO.

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Bellmawr News Bellmawr Batting Cages

During Council’s March 23, 2017 meeting, a resident asked if the batting cages would be equipped with running water or bathrooms. To obtain more information, SJO filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Request.

In response to the ORPA Request, SJO was provided with:

  • The drawings of the building as prepared by Garrison Architects.
  • The contract between the Borough of Bellmawr and the contractor, J.H. Williams of Moorestown.
  • The specifications for the Bellmawr Batting Cages.

The plans show that the building will not be equipped with bathrooms or water plumbing; however, it will have HVAC.

Mayor Filipek pointed out at last month’s meeting that the Little League building has bathrooms and that when the batting cages officially open, they will be a part of the Recreation Department.

For additional clarification, SJO emailed Borough Admistrator Tregear and asked if there will be two bays inside the batting cages and if nets or machines are included.

Tregear responded via email: “There are two bays. There is netting included in the build that can be raised/lowered mechanically. Machines, balls, etc. are ancillary of the project contract, and may be secured separately, possibly through donations, etc.”

Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek spoke about the batting cages during Council’s August 29, 2016 meeting by saying that the State of New Jersey is paying for the project “for the property that they took from the Little League.”

In exchange for the land, the Mayor explained that the Borough received the batting cages and a parking lot. “It is going to be an enclosed batting cage. It is not going to cost the taxpayers one cent,” he said.

The documents received in response to the OPRA Request can be viewed by clicking the images below:

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$4,000 in Reward Money Offered for Info Relating to Shooting Death of Kenneth Mosley

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Clayton Police Department are jointly offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Kenneth B. Mosley in a Downs Street home in Clayton N.J. in the early hours of March 24, 2017.

“We believe members of the public have information that will help solve this crime,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. At the time of the shooting, Prosecutor Dalton said Mosley had been targeted and the motivation was personal.

Mosley’s body was found in the Downs Street residence when police were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. for a report of gunshots. The four others in the house, two adults and two children, were not injured.

Anyone with information about Kenneth Bernard Mosley and circumstances of his death is asked to contact GCPO Det. Michael Bates at 856-384-5552 or Clayton Det. Nick Carr at 856-881-2301.

Information can be e-mailed anonymously to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at: tips@co.gloucester.nj.us. Click here to access the GCPO’s tip form or download the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office “myPD” smartphone app, which can be downloaded free at the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

(Source: GCPO)

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Scott A. Coffina Sworn in as Burlington County Prosecutor

Scott A. Coffina was sworn in March 31, 2017 as Burlington County Prosecutor and immediately identified gun violence and the illegal use of opioids as among the concerns that will be priorities under his watch as the county’s top law enforcement officer.

Prosecutor Coffina was administered the oath of office in a private ceremony by the Hon. Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C.

A public event is planned for the near future.

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Scott A. Coffina is sworn in today as Burlington County Prosecutor by the Hon. Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. at the county courts facility in Mount Holly. Holding the Bible is his wife, Kim. (Photo Provided)

“I understand the responsibility involved with being the top law enforcement officer in Burlington County,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “To county residents, I pledge to do everything within my power to make our streets and communities safe for your families. To the municipal police chiefs and officers on the beat, I look forward to becoming familiar with the operations of your departments and working together for the betterment of Burlington County.”

Gov. Chris Christie Makes Surprise Appearance

Gov. Chris Christie made a surprise appearance at the event and thanked Prosecutor Coffina for his service to the State of New Jersey while a member of Gov. Christie’s legal staff. “You are going to make a great prosecutor,” said Gov. Christie, who nominated Prosecutor Coffina for the position. “I am very happy for you and I’m confident you will do an outstanding job.”

 

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Scott A. Coffina receives congratulations from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after being sworn in today as the Burlington County Prosecutor during a ceremony at the county courts facility in Mount Holly. (Photo provided)

After taking the oath of office, Prosecutor Coffina addressed the approximately 130 members of the BCPO staff inside Burlington County’s Olde Historic Courthouse.

“Honored to Have Chosen”

He said he is honored to have been selected for the position, and pledged his support to the men and women of the BCPO staff. He plans to hold one-on-one meetings to get to know staff members, become familiar with their roles and hear suggestions on how to improve the operation of the office.

“What is said in the room will stay in the room,” Prosecutor Coffina told the group, “although good ideas may well come out of the room.”

Prosecutor Coffina also listed criminal justice reform, continuing to provide support for victims and witnesses, and the professional development of the staff as areas on which he plans to immediately concentrate.

For the past 20 months, Prosecutor Coffina has served as the Senior Deputy Chief Counsel to Gov. Chris Christie. He joined the Christie Administration from Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, where he was a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice group. His practice focused on representing corporate, university and individual clients in internal investigations, False Claims Act litigation, political-legal controversies, and additional civil, criminal or regulatory enforcement actions.

Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush

Prosecutor Coffina was an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush from May 2007 until January 2009, where he advised White House and administration officials on a wide range of legal matters, represented the interests of the president in Congressional oversight investigations and evaluated candidates for judicial appointments in the District of Columbia and Eleventh Circuits.

Previously, he served in the White House Office of Political Affairs for President Ronald Reagan. Prosecutor Coffina also was an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia from 1997 to 2001.

Prosecutor Coffina received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prosecutor Coffina resides in Evesham with his wife and three sons. He succeeds Robert D. Bernardi, who served as county prosecutor for 17 years

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Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina takes a photograph with his wife, Kim, and their three sons after being sworn in today at the county courts facility in Mount Holly. (Photo provided)

(Source: Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office)

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Council OK’s Resolution to Submit Application Re: Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency 

Bellmawr Council passed Resolution #03:94-17 at its March 23, 2017 meeting that authorizes the Borough of Bellmawr to submit an application to the New Jersey Local Finance Board for permission to create the “Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency.”

This Resolution pertains to the landfill a/k/a “Bellmawr Waterfront Development.”

“It is just the application with the State,” Mayor Frank Filipek said during Council’s monthly meeting last week. Ten years ago, there was an open landfill. It looks like a mountain now.”

The Mayor also spoke of a recent meeting that had taken place regarding the roads. “We met again on the roads and I have all of the legislators working on our behalf in the County,” he said.

As for the Resolution, in order for the governing body of a municipality to create a municipal redevelopment agency, the municipality must first submit an application to the State of New Jersey’s Local Finance Board.

The actual creation of the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency would require the Borough to consider and adopt a future Ordinance authorizing the creation, the Resolution indicates.

Pursuant to the New Jersey Local Housing and Redevelopment Law: “The Borough of Bellmawr is authorized to create a municipal redevelopment agency, a separate body corporate and politic, but still an instrumentality of Bellmawr Borough, which would be known as the ‘Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency,’” the Resolution reads.

Dewey Blanton Landfill & Fazio Bellmawr Landfill

Existing within the Borough of Bellmawr, are “contiguous parcels of land, which were formerly utilized as landfills” – the “Dewey Blanton Landfill” and the “Fazio Bellmawr Landfill.”

According to the Resolution, the Dewey Blanton Landfill parcel is currently owned in fee by the Borough of Bellmawr and the Fazio Bellmawr Landfill parcel is currently owned in fee by Bellmawr Waterfront Development, LLC. (BWD)

Fazio Deptford Landfill/Deptford Parcel

There is a third former landfill parcel that exists within Deptford’s borders – the “Fazio Deptford Landfill” or the “Deptford Parcel.”

This parcel is contiguous to both of the Bellmawr Landfill parcels, but is not contiguous to any lands within Deptford Township as it is completely bordered by Big Timber Creek and by properties within Bellmawr Borough, primarily the Bellmawr parcels.

The Deptford Parcel is also currently owned in fee by Bellmawr Waterfront Development.

Ongoing Remediation Continues

“Remediation activities have been ongoing for over nine (9) years and continue to be conducted on the Bellmawr Parcels and the Deptford Parcel for known or suspected hazardous substances,” the Resolution states. “The three parcels have been classified together by the New Jersey Environmental Protection (DEP) as a single Area of Concern and the three Parcels are all the subject of a single DEP approved Remedial Action Work Plan.”

The Resolution also indicates: “The Borough of Bellmawr has adopted a redevelopment plan… for the redevelopment of the Borough Parcels, which the Borough desires to have implemented following the remediation of the Borough Parcels. BWD has been designated by the Borough of Bellmawr as the redeveloper.” (Emphasis supplied by SJO.)

Both the Borough of Bellmawr and Deptford Township have both previously obtained several public grants to fund the remediation of their parcels through the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund, which is administered by the DEP and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, according to the Resolution.

SJO will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Click the image below to view the Resolution in detail.

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