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Author: Tyler Burrell

Mayor Update 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As the new year begin, our focus has turned to the 2020 Budget. I have started to meet with department heads, along with the Township Administrator, to review the departmental requests. Once, that process is complete we will prepare the budget to present to Council for their review.

This past fall/winter we completed the repaving of Diane Avenue, Patricia Avenue and Wills Street.  We are continuing to work on repaving Norman Avenue and Lake Street.  Due to the County trail project, the repaving of River Road will not be completed until spring. 

At the work session on January 14, 2020 we began discussing the roads to include in the 2020 Program.  We have also received an additional NJDOT grant for the repaving of Conrow Road and are hopeful that we can repave the entire roadway as part of the 2020 Road Program.   

Shortly, we will hold another meeting of the Coastal Coalition to discuss the issues reported from the many riverfront towns with regards to flooding.  I will continue to report on the progress of the meetings. 

We are looking forward to all the great events that will be sponsored this year by the Recreation Advisory Committee. Events will include the Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, Veterans Day Commemoration, National Night Out and the Annual Tree lightning.  Please keep checking out website or Facebook page for details.

Ken Paris 
Delran Township Mayor

Harmful Algal Bloom Found at Amico Island Park

Press Release From the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Harmful Algal Bloom Found at Amico Island Park

Mount Holly, NJ – In response to a tip from the public, Burlington County staff discovered a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) at Amico Island Park in Delran on Friday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Environmental Protection confirmed the presence of HAB after testing was performed. Signs have been posted in and around Amico Island Park in Delran advising residents not to have contact with the water, including but not limited to swimming, wading, watersports and fishing. Pets and livestock should not come into contact with or drink the water. 

According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, HABs occur when algae grows out of control and produces large quantities of toxins with harmful effects to people, pets and other wildlife. While all causes of HABs are not known, certain conditions, such as sluggish water circulation and unusually high water temperatures have been marked as contributing factors. (Source: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/why_habs.html)

In some cases, algae growth has been attributed to nutrient pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies nutrient pollution to be one of America’s most widespread and costly environmental challenges. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous are part of every aquatic ecosystem, but human activity can introduce large and dangerous amounts of such nutrients into our streams, rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters.  Surplus nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algae to grow out of control, significantly decreasing the levels of oxygen and food in water for other aquatic life. Primary sources of nutrient pollution are large scale agriculture, stormwater, wastewater, fossil fuels and home fertilizers.

“At this time of year, environmental conditions are favorable to the formation of these HABs. So far this summer, we have seen three instances of Harmful Algae Blooms in Burlington County, first in Smithville Lake (Eastampton), last Friday in Sylvan Lake (Burlington Township) and now at Amico Island Pond (Delran Township),” said Dr. Herb Conaway, Director of Burlington County Health Department. “We will continue to monitor our county’s recreational lakes and ponds for signs of harmful algae blooms. If you see a suspected algae bloom, please call the health department at (609) 265-5548 or NJ Department of Environmental Protection at 877-WARNDEP.”

 To learn what an Algae bloom looks like, or about ways to reduce your environmental footprint, please visithttps://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/what-you-can-do to learn more.

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Mayor’s Desk Fall 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As fall begins and school is back in session, I just want to remind everyone to please drive safely and look out for school buses and children.

We have some great projects that have recently been completed including the completion of Jake’s Place at Delran Community.  We are extremely happy to have the project completed and hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful park. This fall we anticipate the repaving of Diane Avenue, Patricia Avenue, Norman Avenue, River Road, Lake Street and Wills Street.  Due to the County trail project along River Road, certain items may not be completed until spring. 

We have also received an NJDOT grant for the repaving of a portion of Conrow Road.  We are still waiting to hear if we will receive additional grant funding this year to be able to complete the entire roadway. 

We have submitted a grant application to the County for the FY2019 Municipal Park Grant.  The grant will be used for additional improvements at Community Park. 

We are looking forward to the Truck-or-Treat event, sponsored by the RAC, to be held on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 2:00 P.M.    Please come out and join us for a fun-filled event.  Early planning has begun for the Winter Festival.  Additional details will be posted in the coming weeks. 

Ken Paris 
Delran Township Mayor