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Mayor’s Update 6.23.21

On Monday, June 21st, Councilman Lynn Jeney, Councilwoman Parejo, and I were honored to be invited to the Delran Police Department’s 2021 Award Ceremony. It was a great opportunity to show our support for the police and to see them honor one another for their outstanding accomplishments over the last year. n my continued effort to support the Delran Police Department’s inclusive, equitable and positive engagement with our community, I also presented an award for the first time.

After an already distinguished career in public service; from the Delran Emergency Squad to the Delran Fire Department, to law enforcement; Patrolman Michael Lynch contributes in a profound way to the positive impact that the Delran Police Department has on our entire Delran family.  Patrolman Lynch has spent his entire career dedicating himself to this community. 

When he transferred from the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department to our police department in April of 2020, Patrolman Lynch brought an aspirational level of community outreach experience and training with him to serve our residents. 

It was my honor to present him with the first-ever Mayor’s Award – “For consistently demonstrating dedication and service to the community, and for improving outreach and engagement between the Police and the people of Delran.”

I would like to invite Delran residents to join us in congratulating the following officers who received awards:

Patrolman Michael Lynch

  • Exceptional Service Award
  • Mayor’s Award

Detective Robert Fisher

  • Exceptional Service Award 
  • Delran Police Department’s 2021 Officer of the Year 

Patrolman Steve Wallis

  • Life Saving Award
  • Exceptional Service Award

We are so #DelranProud of all of them.

Recycling Update

Attention Delran Residents: Recycling WILL be collected throughout the township starting Tuesday, June 22nd and continuing through Wednesday, June 23rd if needed. Please place cans out no later than 6:00 am Tuesday morning.

Please continue to refer to your Recycle Coach app or visit https://www.delrantownship.org/recycle-coach/ for accurate information and updates.

6/01/2021 Public Meeting

All meetings of Township Council will now be held in person beginning with the June 1, 2021 Public Meeting. The June 1, 2021 meeting will take place at the Delran Municipal Building, 900 Chester Avenue beginning at 7:00 P.M.

For instructions to watch meetings online, please read our Meeting Videos & Livestream page.                                                                                                          

Update: Municipal Building will open to public on June 1st


Delran Township Municipal Offices will Remain Closed to the Public Until June 1, 2021. Masks are required and social distancing measures will be in place upon reopening. Please continue to follow the information below until the building opens to the public.

Departmental Closure Information:

Clerk/Vital Statistics: The vital statistics office will be operating on a very limited basis.  If you are in need of immediate assistance, please send an email or call (856) 461-7734 and someone will get back to you.  Vital Statistics will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Planning/Zoning Office and Zoning Department: If you are looking to submit a zoning permit you can now do so online or by mail.  please send an email or call (856) 461-8667 and someone will get back to you.

Construction: For assistance from the Construction Office, please call (856) 461-8667 and someone will get back to you.

Police: For non-emergency police matters, please call 856-461-4444.  If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

Public Works: The Department of Public Works Administrative Offices will remain closed to the public until further notice. Public Works will be continuing to provide services to the best of their ability. If you have an emergency matter that requires immediate assistance, residents should call (856) 461-7737 or email.

Tax Assessor: 
If you are in need of immediate assistance from the Tax Assessor’s office, please email [email protected] or call 856-461-7736. Assessment information, including the 2020 assessment post card, can be found at www.njacb.org.

Tax Collector – Tax/Sewer Payments: There three ways to make payment:

  1. Online, through our secure site
  2. By mailing your check to the following address: Delran Township Tax Collector, 900 Chester Ave, Delran, NJ 08075. 
  3. By dropping your check in the mail slot at the municipal building – the grey drive up mailbox is on the Chester Ave side of the building next to the post office box.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 856-461-7736 

Traffic Tickets: Traffic tickets can be paid by visiting njcourts.gov. If you have any questions or concerns on how to access information electronically, you can always call Delran Township at 856-461-3888.

General Concerns – missed trash/recycling, a fallen tree, report a pothole, and more: Please report your concern

Mayor’s Update 4.23.21

April 12th marked the first 100 days for Councilman Lynn Jeney, and for Council President Tyler Burrell and myself in our new positions. Together with the rest of the Council, we have been pushing an aggressive agenda. Tyler has been focusing on the legislative agenda and I am working to further improve resident services. Together, we are aiming to improve how we communicate, what we say, and when this all happens.

Typically, government moves at a glacial pace, but when everyone works together toward the same positive goals, we get to see more immediate results.  These are just some of the things we’ve already been able to do because of all the dedicated and talented people that surround me. 

Communication

  • Residents have already seen some of the changes we’re making to the website. We are performing a major overhaul that started with our Public Works section and the launch of Recycle Coach. Now, Waste and Recycling Information is easier to understand and provides an accurate pickup calendar based on your address as well as a search option to learn how to dispose of nearly anything!
  • To make sure that every resident gets the right answer to their questions and that we, as Mayor and Council, are both transparent and informative, we established the Communication Committee to recommend ways to improve our resident communication. Council has adopted their recommendations and will be implementing them as soon as possible.

Legislation

  • Council has updated the snow and parking ordinances, and other Township ordinances that are dated or no longer serve the community’s best interests. 
  • We have started evaluating our zoning laws to allow cannabis in accordance with NJ state law.

Supporting Those Who Protect Us

  • First Responders always do a great job protecting us. Councilwoman Virginia Parejo, Councilman Marlowe Smith and I had the incredible experience of watching the Delran Fire Department conduct a LIVE BURN training situation.
  • On a freezing cold morning nearly the entire Council and I watched while the Delran Fire Department conducted Ice Rescue Training. Delran EMS had their watchful eyes on everyone involved, including Councilman Burrell who volunteered to be rescued from the frozen Swedes Lake.
  • In support of our First Responders, Council and I attended the Delran Defenders (Delran Police, Fire and EMS) annual Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. And yes, Tyler Burrell ran under the ice cold water along with the others. 

Working Together

In cooperation with Council, I have worked with and supported their decisions to: 

  • Prioritize open space by approving the addition of a ballot question to extend the local open space tax in the upcoming General election.
  • Establish a Tree Ordinance Committee to draft a new ordinance that holds developers accountable for leveling acres of woods. The new law will require compensation to a “tree bank” so we can replant trees throughout the community.
  • Introduce a budget with a zero tax increase while maintaining all programs or services.
  • Organize and authorize a significant road repaving program with PSE&G and NJAW. 
  • Welcome Community Solar, who will install solar panels on warehouses and provide relief in the cost of electricity to low-to-modern income families.
  • Work with and welcome a new Amazon facility to Delran.

I look forward to continuing the fast paced momentum of our first 100 days as we move Delran into an even better future. This is just a preview for a few things coming next:

Recreation and Sports

  • Council President Burrell, our engineers, Superintendent of Public Works, Township Administrator, the President of the Delran AA and I reviewed the current problems with our ball fields.We have millions of dollars of fields and it is time that we develop a real and proactive plan to address the current field conditions and develop field maintenance procedures, to address the flooding problems and turf resurfacing, and dramatically improve the long term experience for anyone using our fields. 
  • Additionally, I have started looking at the condition of all of the parks and recreation areas in Delran township. We will be working this Spring with Senator Singleton’s office and the Delran Green Team to clean up the parks and recreation areas. This is an opportunity for Delran students to get community service hours, and will give families with younger children more options to get outside in the fresh air after being cooped up during this past year of the pandemic. 

Commercial Redevelopment

  • We will also continue to increase commercial redevelopment. As we move forward, we will look at ways to revitalize sections of our town that need it, and some very exciting things are already in the works.  You will begin to see empty and vacant commercial properties begin to be utilized again.

Finally, despite the pandemic, I have been fortunate to meet with many residents in person over the last few months to talk about the things that are most important to them in our community. I really enjoy that time. I hope that we will be able to meet in larger groups soon. 

In the meantime, I want you all to know that if there is anything anyone in our Delran family needs, I will do everything possible to ALWAYS be available.

I also want to thank the Council and our staff for all the work they do every day. None of what’s happening would be possible without their hard work. We are so fortunate to have so many dedicated people working for our Delran community. 

Best,

Gary Catrambone
Mayor

Mayor’s Update 3-27-21

Lock Your Car

The Delran Township Police Department reminds residents that you can help prevent theft by rolling up windows and locking their vehicles. There has been an increase in reported thefts of items left inside vehicles, and overwhelmingly these are vehicles left unlocked. 

Typically, criminals will simply try to open the door to a vehicle and if it is locked, they just move on rather than smashing a window and drawing attention.

Additionally, here are some important things to remember to avoid being an easy target:

  • Park your vehicle in your garage, driveway, or under a streetlight.
  • Remove all loose items of value such as loose change, cell phones, laptops, jewelry, sunglasses, purses, etc. from inside the car and lock them in the trunk. Better off, don’t leave them in the car at all!
  • Close all windows, including vent or wing windows and sunroofs.
  • Do not attach personal information to your keys, leave a GPS, or mail with your address on it in your vehicle; 
  • NEVER leave your garage door opener in your vehicle.
  • Never leave a key fob in your vehicle.
  • Never leave vehicles unlocked or idling unattended, even if you are dashing into a home or store.
  • Lock your doors every time you leave your vehicle and activate your anti-theft device.

Please look out for one another. If you notice your neighbor’s car is unlocked or valuables are easily visible, remind them to lock their cars and take their valuables. 

If you see someone walking around trying to open car door handles, report it to the Delran Police Department immediately.

Polar Bear Plunge

It was a pleasure to watch the Delran Defenders get together last week for the Polar Bear Plunge! This was a fun event for the benefit of the Special Olympics!

We are always #DelranProud of our First Responders and the incredible work they do serving the community, and it was great to spend some downtime with everyone and see the camaraderie that exists between these groups!

Thank you to Lt. Jim Mitchell who organizes the Plunge for the Defenders, Delran Police, Fire, and EMS for inviting us to join you today! Thanks to County Deputy Director, Commissioner Dan O’Connell (Delran resident), Council President Tyler Burrell, Council Vice President Tom Lyon. Councilman Lynn Jeney for spending time with the group!

Best,

Gary Catrambone
Mayor

#DelranProud

What started out as a seemingly routine 911 call for a mom in labor, quickly proved to be anything but routine, and left Delran Township with another reason to be proud! 

Delran Patrolman Keith Upton who, along with the help of Central Dispatch Operator Mark Boyd, responded to and provided assistance during a childbirth emergency call on February 2nd, during the three-day snowstorm. 

Officer Upton, a 22-year veteran of the Delran Police Department arrived first to the scene at which point it became evident that there was no time to transport the expectant mother to a hospital.

Dispatcher Boyd, a 10-year veteran at Central Communications, was working the Emergency Medical Desk, and was able to talk our officer and the father through a safe and successful delivery at 10:04am, just TEN minutes after the initial 911 call! An incredibly stressful situation was met with calm and composure, and as a result; mom and baby girl are doing great! 

In recognition of their actions during the emergency, The Burlington County Board of County Commissioners honored Boyd and Upton with Certificates of Recognition commending them for their outstanding work and service. Mayor Catrambone and Council President Burrel were honored to speak at this event,  noting that both these public servants represent the best traditions of Burlington County’s Public Safety Department and Delran’s Police Department.

Congratulations on an outstanding job! We are lucky to have such a community driven, devoted, and dedicated officer serving our community! 

Thanks for making us #DelranProud ! 

Please see below for additional details and stories from the press regarding this memorable welcome of one of Delran’s newest residents: 

Burlington County Ceremony

Burlington County Times

South Jersey Local News

2021 RAC Event Calendar

ALL DATES ARE TENTATIVE PENDING COVID-19 STATUS

March 27th – Easter Egg Hunt

June 19th – Town Wide Yard Sale

July 24th – Christmas in July

August 3rd – National Night Out

September 25th – Town Wide Yard Sale

October 5th – Possible National Night Out

November 3rd – Veterans Dinner/Ceremony

December 10th – Winter Festival