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Mayor Update – Revised 5/4/2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are all facing unprecedented times as we continue to deal with the impact Covid-19 has placed on our daily lives.  Our main focus remains the safety and welfare of our Township residents and we will continue to provide the essential services to the community. 

Recently, many of our local businesses have stepped up to help residents in need by serving as drop off locations for food donations.  I would like to thank the following business and all the volunteers assisting in collecting food for less fortunate neighbors as we face this pandemic together.  These businesses include:

  • Route 130 Diner
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Staples
  • Calvary Church
  • Milanese Pizza
  • Dooney’s Pub
  • Kiddie Academy

I like to thank Calvary Church and all their volunteers for serving as the distribution center. 

I would also like to thank the following:

  • Cub Scout Troop 17 which is raising funds for hometown heroes and essential workers.    
  • Shia Association of North America for providing homemade masks to the Delran Township Police Department. 
  • I would like to extend a special thank you to Sue and Ted Huesken, who are Township residents and also members of our Delran Green Team, in recognition of their thoughtfulness and generosity during these challenging times.  Sue and Ted made 80 fabric masks and donated them to the Delran Township Fire District.  They have also offered to make them available to community workers. We appreciate their efforts and can’t thank them enough for their considerate donation. 
  • Special thank you to Melissa Wegfahart for providing entertainment Friday night to neighbors and friends on Facebook during these trying times. Her singing helped provide much need relief. Thank you again from all.

We would like to continue to highlight these acts of kindness throughout our community.  Please feel free to contact the Mayor’s office at (856) 461-7734 ext. 100 or email kparis1@delrantownship.org with any information on other acts of kindness from our local businesses and organizations or residents so we can acknowledge their service to the community. 

Ken Paris 
Delran Township Mayor

Positive COVID-19 Case In Delran

The Burlington County Health Department notified the Township today, March 24th, 2020, that a Delran resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts are with this resident and his family.

Township of Delran is a very strong community but this confirmed case reminds us all that we are not immune to this current public health concerns. However, all residents can take deliberate efforts to flatten this curve of virus transmission by practicing social distancing and limiting high-risk situations. It is important that If you have any questions concerning medical advice that you seek advice from your primary care physician.

Please continue to support one another during this trying time for local, state and national communities.  Please continue to follow the advice of the Center for Disease Control, New Jersey Department of Health, the county of Burlington County Board of Health and the Township of Delran.

The Township will provide further details as the information becomes available.

Coronavirus Statement

We understand that potential exposure to COVID-19 is concerning. It is important that residents do not panic, but do see the guidance of a medical provider if necessary. Individuals who are experiencing shortness of breath or extreme symptoms should contact their primary health provider. It is important that individuals who feel they may have been exposed to the COVID19 virus limit their exposure to others as much as possible. Delran Township Chief of Police Al Parente would like to inform our residents that the 24/7 continuity of police services will not change during this fluid situation surrounding the Coronavirus. We have established plans and have taken measures in advance to ensure that crucial law enforcement services are not unreasonably disrupted and that employees are provided with the means to prevent or mitigate the spread of infection. To protect the public and police officers from exposure to the virus, officers may handle some non emergency calls for service by telephone. For nonemergency police assistance please call our non-emergency number at 8564614444.We remain committed to our mission to protect, serve and enhance the quality of life of all citizens. If you need us we will be there like we always have. We continue to coordinate with our Fire Department and EMS partners on a daily basis to ensure we have the most updated and appropriate protocols.

After consultation with the Office of Emergency Management,the Delran Township Fire District and EMS, Mayor Ken Paris and Township Council have directed the following to TAKE EFFECT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT:

  1. The Municipal Building will be CLOSED except for essential services until further notice at which time we will reevaluate the situation. While Delran Twp. employees will report to work, there will be limited public access. There will be public access to the Construction Office and the Office of Vital Statistics BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. You must call in advance. The telephone number for the Construction Office is 4618667. The telephone number for the Office of Vital Statistics is 461-7734. There is a lock box in
    front of the Municipal Building for tax, utility and court payments. Payments can also be made online and by regular mail.
  2. The Planning Board and Zoning Board meetings for the month of March are POSTPONED to a future date.
  3. Delran Community Park will be Closed until further notice.
  4. All large gatherings,sports/recreational activities and other public events at
    Delran parks and fields are POSTPONED until further notice.
  5. Municipal Court is POSTPONED until further notice
  6. The Delran Township Council Meetings will continue to be held on the 1st 2nd and 4th
    Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 PM with remote audio access for the public only
    for the time being. Information on how to access the Delran Township public meetings
    will be forthcoming and meetings will continue to be Livestreamed.
  7. All other meetings, programs and events at all Township parks and facilities are SUSPENDED until further notice
  8. Municipal trash collection and recycling shall continue as usual at this time

These actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution and based upon information provided by National,State and County health related entities. On March 9, 2020, The Honorable Philip D. Murphy, Governor of the State of New Jersey, issued Executive Order No. 103 declaring a State of Emergency empowering municipalities to take action consistent therewith, including action by local officials to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Delran Township from any actual or potential threat or danger that may exist from the possible exposure to COVID-19.

Delran Township is committed to protecting our residents, staff and the entire community throughout this public health situation while maintaining emergency and essential public services. Township representatives will continue to remain in contact with health care professionals to determine any and all actions moving forward and will update the community accordingly. For future updates, all residents are encouraged to visit our website at: https:Delrantownship.org

Respectfully Kenneth H. Paris

2020 Recreation Event Schedule

The Recreation Advisory Committee is proud to announce the 2020 event schedule:
  • Easter Egg Hunt – April 4, noon
  • Yard Sale – June 27, 8 am – 2 pm
  • Christmas In July – July 18
  • Summer Camp – August
  • Delran Night Out – August 4, 6 pm – 10 pm
  • Yard Sale – September 26, 8 am – 2 pm
  • Trunk or Treat – October 24, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Veterans Day Dinner – November 9, 6 pm
  • Winter Festival – December 12, 5 pm

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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Affordable Housing (COAH) Special Meeting Update

The Township Council held a meeting on Monday, July 22nd to provide residents and interested persons with an overview and presentation of the Township’s compliance with its N.J. Supreme Court mandated affordable housing obligations.

Presentation

Click the button below for a copy of the presentation provided at the meeting.

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Meeting Video

Below is the recording of the special meeting. Unfortunately, a small portion of the meeting was cut off due to technical issues. Click the arrow inside the video to view the second portion of the meeting.

If the embedded video does not work, you can view the video here.