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NJ-DOT Seeking Bid Proposals for Missing Moves; Post Includes Proposed Project Rendering

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ-DOT) recently published a notice seeking bid proposals for the Route 295/42 Missing Moves project in Bellmawr from Route I-295 to Route 55 and for new ramp construction, grading, paving, and structures for the Boroughs of Bellmawr, Runnemede, and Westville and Deptford Township.

Bids are due November 7, 2019.

The below image is a rendering exclusively obtained by South Jersey Observer showing the proposed bridge and also the ramps that are planned for Leaf Avenue in Bellmawr.

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Earlier this year, Mark Matthews of 42 Freeway gave a break-down and update on the Missing Moves and Direct Connection projects in this video:

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Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim, Brooklawn Among 2019 Clean Community Grant Recipients

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding $21.5 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanups that improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s communities, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced on May 23, 2019.

The DEP is awarding $19.1 million to eligible municipalities and $2.4 million to the state’s 21 counties. This is a $2.2 million increase from last year, as the result of an increase in revenues. The program is funded by a legislated user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors that produce litter-generating products.

Area Municipal Awards & Amounts:

  • Bellmawr $25,153.78
  • Brooklawn $4,192.59
  • Gloucester City $23,191.13
  • Mt. Ephraim $10,099.75
  • Runnemede $18,263.33
  • Westville $9,614.93

“In addition to being unsightly, litter can have detrimental impacts on water quality, wildlife and natural habitats,” Commissioner McCabe said. “Clean Communities grants provide a vital source of funding for New Jersey’s municipalities and counties. They fund cleanups, many along roadsides and around stormwater collection systems, that will protect water quality and natural resources, improving the quality of life in our communities.”

The nonprofit New Jersey Clean Communities Council oversees the reporting requirements for the program. Disbursements are based on housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways.

“Municipalities and counties are strongly encouraged to use these grants to pay for volunteer and paid cleanups, badly-needed equipment purchases, enforcement activities and education,” said Sandy Huber, Executive Director of New Jersey Clean Communities Council. “We are grateful for funding that helps keep New Jersey clean. We are proud to serve as an educational resource for communities, as we drive many of our campaigns to engage the younger generations to help mold positive, long-term behaviors toward discarding litter.”

An example of the strength of the Clean Communities program is Morris County, where education and outreach programs reach thousands of people at schools, libraries, fairs and festivals.

Cleanup efforts targeted 127 miles of county roads and some 1,350 students and staff removed litter from more than 100 acres of public-school properties last year. In addition, the county’s Mosquito Control Division removed 1,039 tires this year.

Municipalities receiving the largest grants this year are: Newark, Essex County, $448,791; Jersey City, Hudson County, $414,401; Toms River, Ocean County, $232,913; Paterson, Passaic County, $200,796; Hamilton, Mercer County, $197,512; Elizabeth, Union County, $184,838; Edison, Middlesex County, $185,575; Woodbridge, Middlesex County, $182,134; Brick, Ocean County, $176,879; Middletown, Monmouth County, $160,009; Cherry Hill, Camden County, $157,342; Trenton, Mercer County, $147,974; Vineland, Cumberland County, $139,021; Clifton, Passaic County, $143,829; Franklin, Somerset County, $136,273; Berkeley, Ocean County, $136,028; and Camden, Camden County, $131,661.

Also, Gloucester Township, Camden County, $129,384; Lakewood, Ocean County, $124,763; Old Bridge, Middlesex County, $124,553; Howell, Monmouth County, $122,124; Jackson, Ocean County, $119,496; Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, $115,736; East Orange, Essex County, $114,950; Manchester, Ocean County, $114,851; Wayne, Passaic County, $111,906; Bayonne, Hudson County, $110,204; Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, $108,253; Bridgewater, Somerset County, $103,948; Piscataway, Middlesex County, $103,640; East Brunswick, Middlesex County, $102,200; and Evesham, Burlington County, $101,826.

Counties receiving the largest grants are: Ocean, $218,091; Cumberland, $191,126; Burlington, $179,004; Bergen, $156,516; Gloucester, $146,629; Camden, $140,475; Monmouth, $134,389; Atlantic, $131,911; Salem, $127,248; Middlesex, $111,336; Sussex, $111,068; and Morris, $101,199.

Litter comes from a variety of sources, such as pedestrians, motorists, overflowing household garbage, construction sites and uncovered trucks. Litter is often blown by the wind until it is trapped somewhere, such as along a fence, or in a ditch or gully. People tend to litter when an area is already littered, and when they lack a sense of ownership or pride in their community.

Activities funded by Clean Communities grants include cleanups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers and bays; volunteer cleanups of public properties; adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances; beach cleanups; public information and education programs; and purchases of litter collection equipment such as receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs and graffiti removal supplies.

For a complete list of municipal and county grant awards, click the image below.

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Runnemede Land Use Board Holding Public Hearing on Feb. 13 to Investigate Whether Certain Properties Qualify as “Area in Need of Redevelopment”

The Borough of Runnemede will be conducting a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for the purposes of investigating and determining whether certain properties within the Borough qualify as an “area in need of redevelopment.”

According to a Legal Notice that was published on January 25, 2019, the Runnemede Land Use Board is conducting the hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

The Redevelopment Study Area is generally located along Black Horse Pike, bounded by Clements Bridge Road and the New Jersey Turnpike. (Blocks 40-52, 32-39, 21-23, 25, 27-29.)

A map depicting the properties which is the subject of the Land Use Board’s redevelopment area investigation is available for public inspection during regular business hours at the office of the Borough of Runnemede Clerk located at 24 N. Black Horse Pike.

During the Public Hearing, the Land Use Board will hear any persons who are in attendance who are interested in or would be affected by a determination that the above-mentioned property is a redevelopment area.

A map and report has been prepared by the Borough of Runnemede’s Land Use Board’s Professional Planner, of Bach Associates, P.C. and will be submitted to the Board and on file with the Borough of Runnemede Clerk’s Office ten days prior to the hearing for any interested members of the public for review and consideration at the hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing and after listening to the testimony of the Planner and members of the public, the Land Use Board will determine whether or not the above referenced property is in need of redevelopment.

The Legal Notice states: “The Governing body of the Borough of Runnemede has determined that it will not use its eminent domain powers for the proposed redevelopment area and that the proposed redevelopment area shall be a “non-condemnation redevelopment area.”

A Resolution finding that the properties are or are not in need of non-condemnation redevelopment will be forwarded to the Governing Body for consideration.

The Legal Notice contained the following specific information with respect to a February, 2008 New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division decision (Harrison Redevelopment Agency v. Anthony J. DeRose) advising that the Land Use Board or Governing Body notify the public and affected owners of the following facts:

  1. A finding that these properties are in need of redevelopment by the Land Use Board and if officially designated as such by the Governing Body, is a finding of public purpose, however, the governing body has determined that it will not use its eminent domain powers and the proposed redevelopment area shall be a “non-condemnation redevelopment area”.
  2. Affected property owners, shall have 45 days from the date of determination that a property is in need of redevelopment to challenge the redevelopment designation, if so desired.

Prior to the public hearing, questions or comments may be directed to the person listed below during normal business hours.

Land Use Board Secretary, Joyce Pinto
Borough of Runnemede Municipal Building
24 N. Black Horse Pike
Runnemede NJ 08078
(856) 939-5161

(Source: NJ Public Notices.com)

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Boro of Runnemede & Camden County Improvement Authority Propose Revisions to CDBG Project

The Borough of Runnemede and the Camden County Improvement Authority are proposing revisions to a Community Development Block Grant project, according to a Legal Notice that was published on October 19, 2018.

According to the Legal Notice, the Borough of Runnemede and the Camden County Improvement Authority are proposing the following revisions to the Community Development Block Grant project(s) as follows:

Change Year 39 – $23,285.66 from “Borough Hall Parking Lot ADA Improvements” to “Removal of architectural barriers in the municipal building; installation of an ADA Hallway and Elevator” within Block Group 3 of Census Tract 6072.

Citizens will have the opportunity to comment on the above activity revision during a Public Hearing during the next regular council meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Runnemede Borough Hall located at 24 North Black Horse Pike, Runnemede.

Written comments also may be addressed to the Improvement Authority, Community Development Block Grant Program, 2220 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, NJ 08043 and will be accepted up to 30 days from the date of this publication.

The Authority will consider all comments.

Comments may also be sent directly to the HUD Newark Office, 1 Newark Center 07102 up to 30 days from the date of this notice.

(Source: NJ Public Notices.com)