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Bellmawr Council OKs Resolution to Stream Meetings

Bellmawr Council meetings will soon be streamed, Councilman Jim D’Angelo announced on November 19, 2018 at the monthly meeting.

“At Caucus, we approved a Resolution to go live-stream for our meetings,” D’Angelo said. “The first week of December, the company comes in and they are going to wire [the] room for cameras and microphones and whatever else they say we need.”

D’Angelo said it is still undecided if the meetings will go live and then archived on the Borough website or on YouTube. Or, if the meetings will be first recorded and then uploaded online. In the event someone says something “off color,” then that section could be deleted with the video still being uploaded online, he said. “We hope to have it up and running by Re-organization.”

[Editor’s Note: On November 26, 2018, we emailed Borough Clerk, Frani Wright, to ask about the Resolution that concerns live-streaming the meetings, since it was not listed on the November 8, 2018 Caucus agenda. Ms. Wright replied right away and confirmed: “This Resolution was added under New Business by Councilman Jim D’Angelo.”]

D’Angelo also gave an update on the ex-soccer coach who pleaded guilty to theft in 2015. He said that the Borough has been collecting on the money that was stolen from the soccer league.

“Someone … wanted to come and start a soccer league. Over the course of time, we realized that this person was questionable and eventually cost the borough about $5,000 because the money suddenly disappeared. We’re still collecting on that. The way probation works, it doesn’t matter how much you pay. It could take you 50 years, as long as you send something, there is nothing we can do… We just collected another $150. I think we’re close to being finished. I think we are finally at the point where we have our money recovered. I am going to make sure we get every nickel that she owes…”

Councilman Jamie Casey spoke about the rodent issue that was brought to Council’s attention last month. “The Borough has been in contact with the Camden County Board of Health and we are working on a corrective action plan for it,” he said. “The code official, Jim Burleigh, is going to be doing property inspections for the area in concern. Violations will be given out, if there are any. Any extermination would be at the homeowner’s expense. We are not allowed to actually do that… by law.”

He also said that the town’s extermination company is out in the area and baited the sewer. “This is a State program paid for by the State,” he said. 

There will also be a public information meeting in mid-December to provide an update on this matter.

Casey said the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) were recently published for professional services. Bids will be opened on December 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Borough Hall.

Councilman Steve Hagerty said that Bellmawr’s Annual toy drive — Bellmawr Believes is now underway. There are 21 boxes located throughout town for anyone who would like to donate any unwrapped gifts. The boxes will be picked up on December 14 and wrapping will be done on December 19.

In other matters, Hagerty said there were 86 fire calls and 242 EMS calls.

The Annual Fire Christmas Parade is Sunday, December 2 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Department at 32 Lewis Avenue. The parade will then proceed down West Browning Road, make a left onto Ivy Ridge Road and then turn left onto Creek Road and will conclude at the Bellmawr Recreation Center with Santa Claus lighting the tree.

Councilman Paul DeAngelis said everything is going well with the court system. “We took in roughly $45,000 and [approximately] $19,000 was given back to the Borough,” he said.

Councilman Ray Bider gave a report about the Borough’s Best Practices Worksheet and said that the Borough scored an 84% and will receive 100% State aid with no penalty.

This meeting marked Councilman Steve Sauter’s last public meeting prior to retiring.

“It has been my extreme honor to serve as a member of this council for the last 18 years. I’ve always strived to uphold my oath of office and never wavered,” he said.

Mayor Frank Filipek was absent from the meeting due to a recent hospitalization.

During the public portion, there was discussion about the recent changes made to the town’s recycling program.

Updated information will be included in the 2019 calendar and refrigerator magnets are being printed for residents.

In the meantime, residents are encouraged to download the Recycle Coach app or visit the Recycle Coach web app online for more information.

All business on the meeting agenda was approved. Councilman Steve Sauter abstained from those invoices that pertain to monthly pest control.

To view the agenda and all supporting Resolutions, click the image below:

Video of Council’s Committee Reports:

 

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Bellmawr Council’s August 24, 2017 Resolutions

Bellmawr Mayor and Council meet on Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. at Bellmawr Borough Hall.

Resolutions that Council will vote on have been uploaded on Bellmawr.com and can be viewed below.

 

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Bellmawr Council’s May 25, 2017 Resolutions Include $711K Bond Ordinance

Bellmawr Council’s monthly meeting is May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Resolutions that Council will vote on have been uploaded to Bellmawr.com.

At the May 18, 2017 Caucus meeting, a straw vote was taken that called for independent counsel to investigate an alleged incident that had taken place between Borough employees and a Councilman.

A  “formal process” would be put in place at the regular meeting, Councilman Paul Sandrock stated.

In order to obtain a copy of this particular Resolution ahead of the meeting, SJO emailed Borough Clerk Chuck Sauter and Borough Administrator Josh Tregear on May 23 to request it. SJO asked for specific details on that Resolution to include the investigator’s name and also if there will be a not-to-exceed amount for the investigation.

The article will be updated to provide the Resolution if and when it is provided.

Bond Ordinance #05:10-17

The Resolutions that were uploaded to Bellmawr.com on May 23, 2017 include Bond Ordinance #05:10-17, appropriating  the sum of $711,000, which includes an estimated amount of bonds or bond anticipation notes of $675,450 with a down payment of $35,550.

The authorized improvements and the purposes of the obligations are detailed below.

Screenshots were taken from the Resolutions.

Click the image to below to view the Resolutions in detail.

 

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Bellmawr Council’s April 27, 2017 Resolutions

Bellmawr Council’s monthly meeting is Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Borough Hall. Resolutions that Council will vote on were posted on Bellmawr.com on April 24, 2017.

Those Resolutions include:

  • Authorizing the collection of fees and costs from delinquent taxpayers prior to tax sale.
  • Authorizing the tax collector to hold a tax sale for the prior year delinquent Municipal charges on June 22, 2017.
  • Appointing Craig R. Wilhelm and John L. Reader, IV as Class II Special Officers in the Bellmawr Police Department.
  • Authorizing an agreement with Remington & Vernick for construction phase services for various water system improvements to the Borough of Bellmawr for a not-to-exceed amount of $103,113.
  • Authorizing the option to extend a contract for one year to First Class Credit Services for the private collection of Municipal Court debt. The proposal received from First Credit Services was for a 17.5% fee to be assessed to any amount collected on behalf of the Borough of Bellmawr.
  • Authorizing the rejection of bids for the Reforestation Plan as part of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) No Net Loss Forestry Grant because the bids exceeded the available amount of funding for the project.

Regarding Resolution #04:101-17 which authorizes a $25 fee charge per notice for electronic tax sales, Councilman Ray Bider spoke about this during Council’s March 16, 2017 Caucus Meeting. “All tax liens will now be done online for bidding and there will be no advertising in the paper.”  Bider estimated that over 100 towns in the State do it this way. “We have nothing to lose and everything to gain, including revenue, by going online with tax sales,” he said.

The Budget is also expected to be presented on during the meeting. There are three Resolutions that relate to the budget: Self-Examination of Budget Resolution, Certification of Approved Budget, and a Resolution to Read the Budget by Title only.

Click the image below to the Resolutions in detail:

Bellmawr Council's April 27, 2017 Resolutions

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Bellmawr Council’s Feb. 23, 2017 Resolutions

In advance of its monthly meeting, the Borough of Bellmawr has uploaded various Resolutions that Council will vote on at its February 23 meeting.

The Resolutions can be viewed by clicking the image below.

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Among the Resolutions Council will vote on include the approval of:

•The list of Bellmawr Fire Department volunteers who qualify for credit under the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP).

•The Borough’s participation in the Safe and Secure Communities Grant Program. The Borough wishes to apply for funding of approximately $20,500 with a match of $128,673 for an approximate project total cost of $149,173.

•A grant application and to execute a grant contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for the reconstruction of Kennedy Boulevard.

•A Shared Services Agreement with the Bellmawr School District for purchasing equipment and materials for the school’s parking lots during inclement weather.

A contract in the amount of $8,000 with Independent Animal Control Services, LLC for the period of March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Bond Ordinances

Council will also vote on the following Bond Ordinances:

•Amended and Restated Bond Ordinance #02:04-17 appropriating the sum of $2,091,100, which authorizes the acquisition of various capital equipment and completion of various capital improvements in the Borough.

•Bond Ordinance #02:05-17 appropriating the sum of $676,460 for the purpose of reconstructing and/or repaving various roads in the Borough.

•Amended and Restated Bond Ordinance #02:06:17 appropriating the sum of $2,800,000 for the acquisition and installation of a water tank at the intersection of Warren and Carter Avenues.

Full details and Statements regarding all of the above Bond Ordinances are included in the Resolutions, which can be viewed by clicking on the image above. The below image is a screenshot showing the 2017 List for road reconstruction.

Council will meet on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of Borough Hall.