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Special Meeting of Bellmawr Mayor & Council Sept. 29

A Special Notice of Bellmawr Mayor and Council has been called for Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 21 East Browning Road.

The purpose of the meeting is to open the meeting and thereafter adopt a Resolution to enter into Executive Session as set forth in N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) for purpose of discussing the following item, to the extent known at this time:

  1. Presentation to Mayor and Council associated with potential Bellmawr Preferred Veteran’s Housing project.

Formal action on the foregoing items may be taken after the Executive Session.

In addition, Mayor and Borough Council reserve the right to take any additional action, not anticipated at this time, that may be necessary, including items of a routine nature, which come before Mayor and Council.

A public portion shall be conducted.

This Special Meeting will be conducted both in person and remotely without providing a physical meeting place and by electronic means.

We reached out to the Borough Clerk for instructions on how the public may participate in the public portion remotely and will update this post once those instructions have been received.

Post updated 9/29/2020 at 10:10 a.m.

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Bellmawr Mayor & Council Recognize EMS, Public Works

At the May 28, 2020, virtual meeting of Mayor and Council, Bellmawr Mayor Chuck Sauter thanked Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) “for their hard work and dedication that they provide to us and to the Borough of Bellmawr.”

Proclamations that were read included:

  • A Proclamation for Department of Public Works Week- May 17 – 23.
  • A Proclamation for Emergency Medical Services Week – May 17 -23
  • A Proclamation for National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 5.

Excerpts from Council’s Committee Reports

Councilman Paul DeAngelis

Due to the coronavirus, there has been a drastic increase in trash and recycling because more people are home. The Department of Public Works has assigned additional manpower and equipment to accommodate this. “The guys are working very hard, doing a lot of work, and picking up a lot of trash because there are a lot of people home,” Councilman DeAngelis said.

Councilman DeAngelis asked residents to be mindful of the amount of trash that they are putting out due to spring clean-outs, etc. and if possible, to try and spread out what is put by the curb over several weeks. “This will make it easier for the guys to get their jobs done quickly,” he said.

Concrete and asphalt crews are busy working on the east side of town performing concrete upgrades prior to the paving season. Paving schedules will be delivered to the residents prior to work being performed.

Be aware of additional construction sites in town as the construction crews have been working on the Missing Moves project on the west side. “Please slow down to help those crews out,” Councilman DeAngelis said.

Councilman Jamie Casey

The old water tower at Warren Avenue has been demolished. “The eye sore is now gone and now we have our new water tower,” Councilman Casey said. “All of that metal is going to be recycled and is on our 20/20 recycling tonnage report.”

SJO Photo taken May 26, 2020

Casey reminded residents and businesses to only flush toilet paper down the toilet. “We have been experiencing issues with pumps due to items, such as rubber gloves and wipes, in our sewers,” he said.

Councilman Jim D’Angelo

The tennis courts at the Rec Center have been repaved. In a few weeks, they will be painted.

The bids for the bathroom project have been rejected. “We are not abandoning the project. However, we need to discuss options before we move forward,” Councilman D’Angelo said.

The Rec Department continues to maintain vacated properties and are still working on getting the fields ready for if and when the teams return this year.

Two eyesores in town — the Pennant and the old water tower were both demolished recently.

SJO Photo taken May 15, 2020

Councilman Craig Wilhelm

Municipal Court began to hear cases virtually on May 18. As of late last month, there were 75 court sessions that were heard. “The prosecutor and the public defender are working behind the scenes with defendants through emails and these cases are being put on the record,” Councilman Wilhelm said.

The judiciary dropped in on them recently to see how they were doing and commended the court. We appreciate the efforts of our court administrator, Amanda Cubbler, and our Judge for getting things done, Councilman Wilhelm said.

Councilman Steve Hagerty

The Public Safety Departments are all working extremely hard during this time. “With the many different circumstances that have emerged, they have handled themselves very professionally,” Councilman Steve Hagerty said.

He also congratulated Sgt. John Mader who retired effective June 1 after 22 years.

Councilman Ray Bider

Regarding the adopted budget, the breakdown will be: local plus 1.8 cents, county minus 1.6 cents, school local plus 2.5 cents, Black Horse Pike Regional minus 1.2 cents for a total increase in the Borough of plus 1.5 cents.

Residents can expect to receive estimated tax bills for the third quarter. “This is the first time that Bellmawr has done this, but due to the delay in the State budget, it was necessary to send out the estimated report,” Councilman Bider said.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Borough has spent $27,451.” Hopefully, the majority, if not all , of that money will be given back to the Borough, through the applications of Emergency Management,” Councilman Bider said.

The Borough’s department heads have done a tremendous job, he said. “I would also like to thank all of the Bellmawr workers in every department for their dedication to keep things going.”

Only a portion of flags have been placed at St. Mary’s cemetery. The remaining part will be done in June.

Mayor Chuck Sauter

The Summer Youth Program, the Clean Communities Program, and the Borough’s Fourth of July festivities have been cancelled. “It was a tough decision, but it was made with the guidance from both State and County officials and we are disappointed. We are hoping that once the restrictions from the pandemic are lifted, we can all get together for a town-wide community event,” Mayor Sauter said.

The mayor also thanked the Office of Emergency Management, EMS, Police, Fire, Public Works, and their employees for their continued support, dedication, and hard work during this pandemic. “It is very much appreciated. We could not do it without all of those involved,” he said.

Police Promotions

  • Arty G. Tessier was promoted to Sergeant for the Bellmawr Police Department
  • Brian K. Ertl was promoted to Corporal for the Bellmawr Police Department

To view the meeting agenda with the supporting Resolutions, click the image below.

A Special Meeting of Bellmawr Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Tuesday June 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm conference call.

The purpose of the meeting is to open the meeting and thereafter rescind Resolutions #05:115-20 and #05:116-20 adopted on May 28, 2020, and to consider adoption of a Resolution for Local Examination in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.6 a & b, adopt the 2020 Municipal Budget and the Resolution Authorizing Amending the 2020 Capital Budget.

In addition, Mayor and Borough Council reserve the right to take any additional action, not anticipated at this time, that may be necessary, including items of a routine nature, which come before Mayor and Council. A public portion will be conducted.

The May 28, 2020 meeting can be viewed in its entirety on the Borough’s YouTube Channel:

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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: 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:

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Improvement Project at Sauter Park Walking Track Helps to Keep Flood Water at Bay; Filtration System Installed at Warren Ave. Treatment Plant

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bellmawr Mayor and Council’s recent meeting was live-streamed via YouTube on March 30, 2020. There was an opportunity for a public portion, and SJO asked about the recent drainage project at the Sauter Park walking track on Park Drive.

Department of Public Works Director Joe Ciano said that back in 2016, the walking track was resurfaced and extended. The extended portion was done in an area that is prone to tidal flooding.

During tidal flooding, the water lays on the walking track, Ciano explained. “We looked at many options after this had happened. One of those options was basically a bridge over the water… the actual raising of the walking track.”

“We have been in communication with other municipalities — Brooklawn, Westville, Gloucester City, and Mt. Ephraim to try to combat any localized flooding at the Brooklawn Circle,” he said. “So what we tried to do was not put in anything that would affect any other communities.”

Warren Avenue Water Tower

Councilman Jamie Casey stated in his report that the new filtration system has been installed at the Warren Avenue treatment plant.  It was delivered on March 24 and installed by Bellmawr Public Works employees.

Start-up procedures were set to begin for that treatment plant, he said. “Please be mindful that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP) requires numerous tests to be performed prior to this system being placed back on line. We will continue to provide the water to Bellmawr water customers from the Leaf and Bell treatment plant until all testing is completed. The NJ-DEP approves the treatment process.”

Casey also said that the consumer confidence report regarding Bellmawr Water will be delivered via mail toward the middle of April.

SJO Photo

All business on the meeting agenda was approved.

To view the meeting, click below:

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Bellmawr Council Approves First Reading of an Ordinance to Restructure Fire Dept.

At their August 22, 2019 meeting, Bellmawr Council approved on first reading an Ordinance that would repeal and replace the existing Chapter 36 of the Borough’s Code, which relates to the Fire Department.

Mayor and Council have determined that the need to amend Chapter 36 of the Borough Code to restructure the Fire Department is “in the best interest of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Borough of Bellmawr.”

Councilman Paul DeAngelis was absent from the meeting.

The Ordinance was published on September 8, 2019 and will now be considered for final passage after a public hearing at the next meeting of Mayor and Council on September 26, 2019.

Chapter 36 of the Borough Code was enacted to create the Bellmawr Fire Department, which consists of volunteer members of Bellmawr Fire & Rescue #1 (Lewis Avenue Station) and the Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Company (Essex Avenue Station), the Ordinance states.

“For several years the roles of active firefighting members from the Essex Ave. Station have fallen below what is required by the existing ordinance to be able to effectively sustain firefighting operations out of that station,” the Ordinance reads.

On or about February 28, 2019, Mayor and Council passed Resolution #02:80-19, that established Rules and Regulations for the Essex Avenue Fire Station, which “stipulated that the Essex Avenue Fire Station would be provided six (6) months to effective[ly] establish membership personnel to ten (10) or more active firefighting members who have attended the necessary training and attaining a firefighter certification as required by law…None of the conditions set forth in the aforesaid Resolution were satisfied and…there still exists an insufficient number of active firefighting members at the Essex Ave Fire Station.”

From the Ordinance:

§ 36-2. Composition; Fire Fighting Force.

Said Fire Department shall consist of all duly enrolled active certified firefighting members of the following volunteer fire companies, as shown on the enrollment books of the companies on the date of final passage of this chapter, and such other members as may be thereafter elected by said individual companies and duly approved and qualified under the provisions of this chapter:

Bellmawr Fire and Rescue Squad No. 1 [Lewis Ave Station]
Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Company [Essex Ave Station]

§ 36-3. Companies; active members.

No company/station shall have fewer than 10 active firefighting members to conduct firefighting operations for the Borough of Bellmawr Fire Department. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of each fire company to report in writing the exact membership, giving full names and residences of the members, to the Borough Clerk of the Borough of Bellmawr on the first day of February in each year. The membership roll shall be certified by the Chief of the department. The Borough Clerk shall keep an accurate master roll of all members of the Department.

§ 36-4. Certificate of membership.

The Borough Clerk shall keep an accurate master roll of the active members of the department.

SJO requested a copy of the Ordinance and it was provided. To read the Ordinance in its entirety, click the image below.

Post was updated on September 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.