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Mike ‘Traz’ Tovinsky Taking Over as Mayor in Mt. Ephraim on July 2

Commissioner Mike ‘Traz’ Tovinsky will be assuming the role of Mayor at the Commissioner’s meeting on July 2nd in Mount Ephraim.

After 28 years as Mayor of Mount Ephraim, Commissioner Joe Wolk will be stepping down, while remaining on the three person commission. All roles will continue, moving forward with Mayor Tovinsky overseeing the Department of Public Works, Commissioner Wolk as the director of finance, and Commissioner Gies as the director of public safety.

“After almost three decades of service to Mount Ephraim, I felt it was time to pass the torch on to someone else on the team. I am very excited about the accomplishments we have had, and direction the town is heading. The team of Commissioners that we have right now have deep roots to this town, and we will continue to work together during these trying times. I am excited to continue my work on the Commission,” said Wolk.

“I have lived in this town for over 55 years, and raised both sons here. I am proud to call Mount Ephraim home, and serving my neighbors the last five years has been a privilege. I appreciate Mayor Wolk for his service to the community, and his willingness work collaboratively during this transition. This team of Commissioners is dedicated to serving Mount Ephraim, and I am proud to lead them,” said Tovinsky.

“Mayor Tovinsky and I have worked together for years with the Mount Ephraim Little League. I am eager to see what he will do as Mayor of Mount Ephraim, and I am excited to continue our work together,” said Gies.

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All County & State Parks to Reopen on May 2

In accordance with Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order announced earlier today, all county parks will reopen beginning on Saturday, May 2. At the same time, all state parks in New Jersey will reopen, including Wharton State Forest which stretches into the southeastern part of the county.

Pursuant to the governor’s order, playgrounds, pavilions, visitor centers, and restrooms will remain closed. Picnics, organized activities, and team sports will remain prohibited. Parking will be limited to 50 percent capacity in order to ensure social distancing can be maintained. The county will be following these parameters throughout its inventory of greenspace.

“This is welcome news for the thousands of county residents who are eager to enjoy the early spring weather outdoors and in their favorite parks,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. “It is critical to recognize that although we are all excited for any return to normalcy, this does not change social distancing guidelines intended to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19. If you choose to visit a county park, you should wear a mask or face covering, maintain a distance of six feet from others, and avoid anyone who appears to be sick or ill.”

Enforcement of those areas which will remain closed under this order will continue to fall to the Parks Department and local front-line police departments. State Park Police will patrol state park areas to ensure the public is following the governor’s directives.

To learn more about COVID-19 or to find additional resources, go to https://covid19.nj.gov or visit camdencounty.com for updates within Camden County. You can also call 2-1-1 or text NJCOVID at 898-211 for more information.

For updated parks information, please visit the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website: https://njparksandforests.org.

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Governor Extends Grace Period for Property Tax Payments Until June 1

On Tuesday, April 28, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 130 which allows municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments due on May 1 to June 1. Under existing law, towns may only allow for a grace period of up to 10 days after the property tax deadline without interest or penalty.

“It is critical in this moment that we explore every option to lessen the burden on families and residents who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “The governor’s order provides municipalities with the flexibility to appropriately respond to the needs of their residents, and potentially offers a much-needed reprieve for many families in Camden County.”

The order takes effect immediately. For information regarding your municipality, contact your local tax collector’s office directly.

For more information regarding Executive Order No. 130, click here.

To read the order in full, visit here.

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April 23, 2020 Monthly Meeting of Bellmawr Mayor & Council to be Conducted Remotely; 2020 Budget to be Presented

The April 23, 2020 monthly meeting of Bellmawr Mayor and Council will be conducted remotely beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The 2020 budget will also be presented during this meeting. Click the image below to view the budget presentation.

Public Participation

Those wishing to participate in the meeting can do so by phone or online as follows:

Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5166 Access code: 1390205# Online meeting ID: boroclerk1

To join the meeting using a computer or device:

https://join.freeconferencecall.com/boroclerk1 For additional assistance, connecting to the meeting text “Call Me” to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.

All public participants will be muted until the public portion of the meeting, which will be announced at the appropriate time. If you have a comment or question please start by giving your name and address and you will have a total of 5 minutes for questions or comments.

To view the meeting agenda, click the image below:

Article has been updated.

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NJDOT Recommends Revisions to Bellmawr’s Benigno Blvd. & Anderson Avenue Rail Crossings

The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation has received two two Diagnostic Team Reports recommending revisions to the highway-rail at-grade crossing of Benigno Boulevard & Anderson Avenue across the track of Consolidated Rail Corporation’s Grenloch Industrial Track, in the Borough of Bellmawr.

The installation of any new at-grade crossing or changes to an at-grade crossing requires the Commissioner of NJDOT approval.

Revisions at Benigno Boulvard

If approved, the revisions to the at-grade crossing at Benigno Boulevard would include the installation of new twelve (12) inch LED railroad flashing lights post-mounted, two crossing bells, vegetation clearing, and railroad related signs and pavement markings.

Revisions at Anderson Avenue

The revisions to the at-grade crossing at Anderson Avenue would include the installation of new twelve (12) inch LED railroad flashing lights post-mounted, two crossing bells, vegetation clearing, and railroad related signs and pavement markings.

The Department’s Bureau of Railroad Engineering Services recommends to the Commissioner the above-mentioned recommendations be approved, unless contested.

At the April 16, 2020, caucus meeting of Bellmawr Mayor and Council, Borough Engineer, Steve Bach said: “NJ-DOT is the entity that controls the railroad, and they can compel upgrades. Gates were lobbied for, but the NJ-DOT did not deem that gates were warranted.

All related documents are available for inspection between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Bureau of Railroad Engineering & Services, Division of Bridge Engineering & Infrastructure Management, 1035 Parkway Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.

Any interested party may submit questions, comments or objections in writing no later than May 22, 2020.

All submissions regarding this matter should be directed to:

Todd Hirt,
NJ-DOT Supervising Engineer Bureau of Railroad Engineering Services
P.O. Box 600
E&O Building-5th Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625