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Zoning Board’s Conclusions on Relocating 12 Bellmawr Park Mutual Housing Units

The Borough of Bellmawr has uploaded the Zoning Board’s Resolution of Findings and Conclusions regarding the replacement and relocation of 12 units within the Bellmawr Park residential community.

The proposed relocation was necessitated by the State of New Jersey’s acquisition of a portion of the Bellmawr Park Property for the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Direct Connection project.

Included in the Resolution of Findings and Conclusions are detailed excerpts from Steven Bach’s testimony. Bach is a professional engineer and planner and he testified before the Zoning Board on October 18.

Construction & Occupation

  • Construction is required to be completed by year end 2017, with occupancy in early 2018.

Background Information:

  • The development of the Property is for the relocation of five buildings, representing 12 residential units, within Bellmawr Park, and related site improvements, resulting from the acquisition of 1.29 acres of the Property for right-of-way purposes in connection with the Direct Connect project of NJDOT.
  • As part of the acquisition process with NJDOT, it was a requirement that suitable land within the remaining 75.4 acres of Bellmawr Park Property be found to relocate the five buildings.
  • Bellmawr Park consists of 500 residential units constructed by the Federal government between the years 1941 through 1945 and is just one of eight residential developments of this type in the country.
  • The property was purchased from the Federal government in 1954.
  • Because of the historical nature of the site, the NJDOT is funding the replacement and relocation of the 12 residential units. The United States Department of Interior requires that the five new buildings be identical in shape and size as the buildings being demolished.
  • After analyzing the Bellmawr Park Property and incorporating the requirements of NJDOT and the Department of Interior, one area off Essex Avenue and one area at the end of Peach Road, were deemed suitable for the relocation of the 12 residential units.

Essex Avenue

  • The Essex Avenue portion will consist of three buildings for six of the 12 units being relocated with 20 parking spaces being provided (19 parking spaces and one handicapped space).
  • Storm water management will include a basin designed in accordance with the Borough of Bellmawr Ordinances and the NJDEP Best Management requirements.
  • The closest residents to the Essex Avenue basin are other Bellmawr Park residents.
  • The Essex Avenue basin will be enclosed by a four foot high chain link coated fence.
  • Three street lights will be provided for the Essex Avenue portion, each 15 feet in height with 0.25 foot candles.
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(Photo by SJO) Essex Avenue location is across from Bellmawr Baseball.

Peach Road

  • The Peach Road portion will consist of two buildings for the remaining six of the 12 units being relocated and will include four units with driveways that accommodate two off-street parking spaces each and a parking court that will accommodate 12 additional parking spaces and one handicapped space.
  • Peach Road is an existing street that will be extended for the relocation of the six units.
  • Barriers will separate public Peach Road from the private Peach Road to prevent use as a traffic cut through.
  • A storm water basin will be located behind the Forest Drive residential properties to handle the storm water drainage of the Peach Road portion of the project.
  • The Peach Road basin is approximately 75 feet from the rear property lines of the Forest Drive properties and located on an area of the Bellmawr Park property that is cleared and is at a lower elevation than the Forest Drive properties.
  • Two street lights will be provided for the Peach Road parking court and will have the same 15 foot height and 0.25 foot candles as the Essex Avenue portion.
  • The Peach Road parking court will accommodate turn around needs for large vehicles and will serve as the lay down area when the project is being constructed.

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    Photo by SJO. Peach Avenue location is in the dead end.

Storm Water Basins

  • A maintenance manual will be provided for the storm water basins and the required storm water management declaration will be recorded.
  • The storm water basins cannot infiltrate and will not hold water. The basins will drain to the creek via a series of inlets and collection lines.
  • The storm water management system for Essex Avenue and Peach Road has been designed to reduce the amount of water going into the Borough’s system, to reduce the amount of water flowing off of the property, and to improve an existing drainage issue in the area impacting both Borough residents and Bellmawr Park residents.

Trash Collection, New Water & Sewer Lines

  • Trash collection for the 12 relocated units will be the same as it currently exists with trash cans for each unit and not by a common area dumpster.
  • The new water and sewer lines will be dedicated to the Borough.
  • The streets in Bellmawr Park were never dedicated to the Borough, but there is an agreement in place for the Borough to maintain the streets within Bellmawr Park.

No Environmental Concerns

  • An NJDEP LOI [Letter of Interpretation] is in place and the development of the property will not encroach into wetlands or wetlands buffer areas.
  • Environmental tests have been performed on the Essex Avenue and Peach Road portions of the property and no environmental concerns were found.

Residents’ Concerns

During the public portion of the October 18, 2016 hearing, residents, Joseph Roshinko, Angela Boucher, and Annette Lauer asked questions and expressed concerns.

  • Roshinko of Devenney Drive was concerned with the utilities servicing the two areas of the property being developed.
  • Bach responded that the Peach Road portion was closest to Devenney Drive and that all utilities servicing this portion would be entirely within the Peach Road extension.
  • Boucher of Booth Drive was concerned with storm water as the Booth Drive area has had water issues.
  • Bach responded that the development of the property as proposed does not result in an increase in storm water draining to Booth Drive and reduces the amount of storm water flowing off-site and into the Borough’s storm water system.
  • Lauer of Booth Drive was concerned with the basin that will be located behind her house.
  • Bach responded that this basin is located 75 feet from her property line and is at a lower elevation than her property.

The full Resolution that contains all of the Zoning Board’s findings and conclusions can be viewed below:

 

Bellmawr Park Mutual Housing Relocation

 

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Runnemede Bellmawr Glendora Rotary Dedicates Pavilion in Honor of Bartilo “Bud” Palmieri

Today, members of the Runnemede Bellmawr Glendora Rotary dedicated a pavilion in Green Acres Park in honor of Bartilo “Bud” Palmieri.  Elected officials, along with friends and family of Palmieri, were also in attendance at the dedication.

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Runnemede Mayor Nick Kappatos at the pavilion dedication in honor of Bartilo “Bud” Palmieri. (All photos by SJO)

Palmieri was a member of the Runnemede Bellmawr Glendora Rotary and enjoyed attending Rotary meetings. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had five children: Michael, Susan, Stephen, Jill, and Jane as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Palmieri was a U.S. Marine who served during the Korean War. He was a longtime manager for A & P Markets and he also worked for Lynmar Builders.

He enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hunt and fish. He also spent a lot of time at Green Acres Park, where he walked his dog and taught his grandchildren to ride their two-wheelers.

Palmieri passed away in 2013.

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The unveiling of the Bartilo “Bud” Palmieri Pavilion at Green Acres Park.

Palmiero’s granddaughter, Danielle Tomeo, of Bellmawr, attended the pavilion dedication with her family and called the dedication “sentimental.”

She said: “This was my grandfather’s favorite time of year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the dedication was perfect timing.” She also said that her grandfather played Santa Claus and had a “heart of gold.”

“He also did a lot for others that he wouldn’t want anyone to know about,” she added.

Tomeo said that Green Acres Park was special to her grandfather because that’s the place where he walked his dog. It’s also where the grandchildren learned how to ride their bikes. “This is where he brought you to take off the training wheels,” she said.

Mike Palmieri addresses the guests who attended the dedication in honor of his father. At the dedication, Palmieri made a $5,000 to the Runnemede-Bellmawr-Glendora Rotary.

 

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Above are members of the Palmieri family. Pictured below are members of the Runnemede Bellmawr Glendora-Rotary.

Bartilo Bad Palmieri Pavilion

 

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Utility’s Emergency Services Partnership Program Assists County Fire Marshals

Mays Landing  – Atlantic City Electric (ACE) reminds residents of the importance of having working fire safety alarms throughout their homes and to test the alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly.

ACE provided these life-saving devices to thousands of South Jersey residents.

Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Atlantic City Electric recently donated 700 10-year long-life fire safety alarms to Burlington and Camden counties. ACE donated a total of 2,800 smoke alarms to fire marshals in the eight counties the company serves to provide this much needed resource to New Jersey residents in need.

“We are extremely proud to once again partner with our county fire marshals to donate smoke alarms to help keep residents safe,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “We’re pleased to continue to support public safety entities including fire service, law enforcement and emergency management through donations like this.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement supplied the smoke alarms at a reduced cost to help support this effort. Since 2000, Atlantic City Electric has donated 31,820 smoke alarms to fire safety officials in southern New Jersey.

Atlantic City Electric’s Emergency Services Partnership Program provides resources for safety initiatives, education, recruitment and retention activities, and scholarship opportunities for police, fire, and emergency management officials.

 

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Pictured left to right are Jonathan L. Young Sr., Camden County Freeholder; Tom Reilly, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Atlantic City Electric; Paul Sandrock, Camden County Chief Fire Marshal; Sam Troutman, Chief, Haddon Fire Company; Joe Palumbo, Chief, Pennsauken Fire Department; and Nick Scardino, Chief, Haddon Heights Fire Department. Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Atlantic City Electric recently donated 350 smoke alarms to Camden County. (Photo Provided)
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Pictured left to right are Mary Ann O’Brien, Burlington County Freeholder; Tom Reilly, senior public affairs manager, Atlantic City Electric; Robert W. Carr Jr., Burlington County Fire Marshal; Stephen Woods Jr., Burlington County Assistant Fire Marshal; and John Drinkard, Director, Burlington County Public Safety. Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Atlantic City Electric recently donated 350 smoke alarms to Burlington County. (Photo Provided)

(Source: Press Release, Atlantic City Electric)

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Glou City PD Ongoing Investigation Into Robert Dornbach’s 2005 Disappearance

The Gloucester City Police Department is still investigating the 2005 disappearance of Robert “Bobby” Dornbach’s in 2005.

On November 27, 2005, Robert “Bobby” Dornbach left his home at 217 Cumberland Street in Gloucester City, New Jersey and has not been seen since.

He was reported missing the next day.

Dornbach’s date of birth is: September 15, 1988 and his last known address is 217 Cumberland Street, Gloucester City.

If anyone has any information concerning this ongoing investigation, they are asked to please contact GCPD detectives at (856) 456-7797. Any information provided will be held in strict confidence.

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Age Progression Photo Credit: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

 

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Bellmawr Education News Recent News

Bellmawr BOE Approves $315,500 Capital Reserve Transfer for Emergent Projects

At its November 21 Special Meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) approved the withdrawal of funds from its capital reserve account in the total amount of $315,500 to fund emergent projects for Bellmawr Park School and Ethel Burke School.

When reached by telephone, Board Secretary/Business Administrator, Amy Capriotti, confirmed that BOE approved the Resolution authorizing the transfer.

The emergent projects have been identified as follows:
  • $80,000 for electrical upgrades at E.M. Burke School
  • $90,000 for rooftop HVAC unit replacements at E.M. Burke School and Bellmawr Park School
  • $145,500 for boiler replacements at E.M. Burke School and Bellmawr Park School

At last week’s regular BOE meeting, Capriotti said that the district had been holding back on spending until the audit was completed. The district had approximately $320,000 earmarked to transfer from capital reserve for emergent projects, she said.

Providing further clarification about the projects, Capriotti said last week that the electrical system at E.M. Burke is old, needs to be re-done, and is beyond what can be done to fix it.

School Superintendent,  Annette Castiglione, also provided further comment last week by saying that E.M. Burke is hard to heat and cool and is an archaic building with small rooms.