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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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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

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Deptford Township & City of Woodbury Look to Establish “Deptford Township Joint Municipal Court”

On Monday, April 20, 2020, the governing body of Deptford Township will consider for final adoption and passage an Ordinance that will establish a Joint Municipal Court for Deptford Township and the City of Woodbury.

The Ordinance was introduced at the April 6, 2020 Deptford Township Council meeting and will be considered for final passage and adoption at the Work Session on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity for a public portion so that any interested person may be heard.

The Work Session meeting will held by teleconference. To join the meeting:

  • Dial Phone Number 1-253-215-8782
  • Enter Meeting ID Number: 783 208 1421
  • Enter Password: 432083

To view the draft copy of the meeting Agenda, click here.