Attention Delran Residents: Please see the attached flyer and information for resources for parents seeking formula in our area!
Attention Delran Residents: Please see the attached flyer and information for resources for parents seeking formula in our area!
Attention Delran Residents- We are pleased to announce that Delran Emergency Squad is now offering testing for Covid-19, Strep, RSV and Influenza A&B! If you are in need of a test or have questions, please call the EMS non-emergency number at 856-461-1210. Please note: Entry for testing will be at the side door to the right of the Emergency Squad bays. Please do NOT enter the lobby of the municipal building for testing.
Where’s the Chipper?
May 20th the chipper completed Zone 2. May 23rd the chipper will begin Zone 3. Remember, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the Chipper Truck to complete all of the zones and start again.
Attention Delran Residents: Leaf and Branch Pickup begins April 1! Please review the following information regarding collection schedules, requirements, and specifications:
Leaf Collection: Leaf Collection runs from April 1 to April 30. Please refer to the map below for the tentative route.
All leaves should be placed in the street next to the curb. Leaf piles should ONLY contain leaves. Other yard debris cannot be picked up by the Leaf Vacuum Truck.
Please do not put leaves in your trash bins. BAGGED leaves may also be dropped off at the Public Works yard year-round Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 2:30pm (Summer Hours 6:00am to 1:30pm) and every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month 8:00am to 12:00pm.
Branch Collection: Branch pickup occurs from April 1st to October 2nd. All branches must be curbside by October 1st for the final collection October 2nd. (Curbside refers to branches being in the area between the curb and the sidewalk.)
Branch Collection follows the same route as the leaf collection map provided above, however takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to run a full cycle for branch collection. Once your branches are collected, you should not put out another pile for at least 3 weeks.
The specifications for branch collection are as follows:
Branch or limb sizes are limited to a maximum of 8’ long and 4” in diameter and should be stacked in the same direction. No pile of yard trimmings bigger than 4 Cubic Yards or 12’ Long x 3’ High x 3’ Wide will be picked up.
Yard trimmings must be:
Residents can also drop off branches and tree limbs year-round Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 2:30pm (Summer Hours: 6:00am to 1:30pm) in or next to the wood dumpster at the Public Works yard behind the municipal building.
Tree Stumps will not be collected. Stumps and old firewood can be brought to Public Works from 7:00am to 2:30pm (Summer Hours: 6:00am to 1:30pm). Residents can also request to have stumps picked up by Public Works for a fee of $25. Please call Public Works at 856-461-7737 to schedule a stump pick up.
The “Bag Up NJ” campaign, which takes effect May 4, 2022, is the New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s new single-use plastic and paper bag ban outreach campaign, which has a simple message: Bring your own reusable bag(s) when you shop.
This campaign educates and reminds consumers about their options for sustainability at the checkout counter. Consumers can bring their own reusable bags when they shop and recycle their plastic bags.
Please refer to the chart below to see how these changes will affect you:
What you can do to support Bag Up NJ?
As a consumer, there are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
When shopping, bring your reusable shopping bags to help fight waste in your town.
Recycle your disposable bags by bringing them to your local retailer.
For more information about Bag Up NJ please visit: https://www.nj.gov/dep/get-past-plastic/
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: COVID-19 RATEPAYER RELIEF MEASURES
This notice announces relief measures for residential ratepayers experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review this message in its entirety. For more information, please call 856-461-7736 or email [email protected]
INSTALLMENT PLAN AVAILABILITY
BE ADVISED that State law requires residential customers be offered an installment plan for any Sewer arrearages accruing between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022. To maintain the installment plan, a residential customer MUST make timely payments on all current charges.
Sewer liens that were sold before January 1, 2022 cannot be included in the installment plan. PAST DUE Sewer Accounts will have until April 7, 2022 to request an installment plan. Please contact the office with questions.
LATE FEES, CHARGES AND PENALTIES
Be advised that P.L. 2021, c. 317 prohibits local governments from charging residential customers interest, fees, or charges for late payment of Sewer charges accruing between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022 until after March 15, 2022 at which time interest and penalties may begin to accrue. This prohibition does not apply to sewer liens that were sold before January 1, 2022. Late interest, fees or charges may be enforced against arrearages accruing before March 9, 2020 and after March 15, 2022.
BILL ASSISTANCE AND ARREARAGE FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS
The application period for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Low Income Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is now open. This federally funded program will provide financial assistance to low-income households to reduce the balances on their residential water and sewer bills. LIHWAP will provide benefits directly to water and sewer service providers on behalf of residential customers. The assistance can be used, in order of priority, to:
BILL ASSISTANCE AND ARREARAGE FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS (cont.)
Priority will also be given to families with elderly or disabled household members and/or with children under the age of five, no matter which category they fall into.
To be eligible for LIHWAP assistance, applicants must be water/sewer bill holders who are responsible for paying their water and sewer bills directly to the water/sewer provider. Also, applicants’ total gross household income must be at or below 60% of the state median Income ($6,439 a month for a family of four). The LIHWAP frequently asked questions webpage, available at https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/lihwapfaq has additional information about maximum income limits and other items.
Participants in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are automatically eligible for LIHWAP assistance so long as they are water/sewer bill holders.
People can apply online through the DCAid application portal at https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/dcaid-services/.
Those without computer or internet access can call 1-800-510-3102 to be directed to one of the community action agencies to assist them with starting, completing, and submitting an application online.
On March 8th, Delran Township took the first step in the State of New Jersey’s We Value our Veterans Program as we honored Sergeant Sean Huryn for his service and presented him with a proclamation and recognition of gratitude.
Sergeant Huryn, a veteran of the Iraq War, retired from the Marine Corps in 2012 after seven years of service to his country, during which time he received numerous Certificates of Commendation, Meritorious Masts, and awards including Expert Marksmanship Badge, The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Naval Unit Commendation Medal.
Following his retirement, he has continued his dedication to his brothers in arms, his community, and this country as a member of the local VFW Post 3020 where he currently serves as the Senior Vice Commander. Sergeant Huryn and the other VFW 3020 members will be working closely with Councilman Lynn Jeney who has spearheaded Delran’s participation in the We Value our Veterans Program.
This program gives municipalities the opportunity to value and honor the sacrifices, patriotism, and bravery displayed by our men and women who have worn a military uniform through a variety of initiatives.
For more information on the We Value our Veterans Program, please visit: https://www.nj.gov/military/community/award-grant-charitable-programs/wvov/
Attention Delran Residents: We are pleased to announce that the State of NJ has awarded two new grants to Delran! Projects in our town received the 2022 Bikeway Grant and 2022 Safe Streets to Transit Grant. The Delran Community Park Bike Path Improvement grant in the amount of $1,207,000.00 provides funds to counties and municipalities to promote bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation and promotes health and wellness throughout the area. The Safe Streets to Transit Grant in the amount of $575,000.00 will allow for Route 130 & Chester Ave Pedestrian Safety Improvements for the designing and installation of sidewalks contributing to the overall safety and accessibility for mass transit riders walking to transit facilities by providing funding to counties and municipalities.
Have you ever wanted to be a Delran Township Police Officer? The New Jersey Civil Service Commission issued examination announcements for Entry Level Law Enforcement Examination titles on January 3, 2022. This examination covers topics including common knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics in order to determine an applicant’s readiness for entry into law enforcement titles. The examination announcements and applications will be available on the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website. Applications must be completed and submitted by 4:00pm on 2/28/22 https://info.csc.state.nj.us/Vats/WebAnno.aspx…
First, I would like to thank Assemblywoman Carol Murphy and Commissioner Dan O’Connell for joining us for our first meeting of 2022. Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway and Senator Singleton were unable to attend due to a schedule conflict, but I would like to congratulate all of them on their recent re-elections.
Senator Singleton, Assemblyman Conaway and Commissioner O’Connell are all Delran Residents and I am personally grateful that they and Assemblywoman Murphy have all offered so much of their time and assistance over the past year with township events and aiding us with accessing county and state services and resources that allow us to better serve our Delran Family members.
I would like to extend congratulations to Councilman Marlowe Smith on winning his election to finish the last year of his first term as Councilman. The residents of Ward 3 will be represented very well.
I would also like to extend my thanks to all the employees of Delran township for continuing to work SO hard every day in service to this town, especially during another year facing this unprecedented pandemic with unexpected struggles and loss.
So many of our employees have worked above and beyond their regular duties, often on their own time, to maintain the level of service our residents need and deserve.
I would also like to thank the Police, EMS, Fire Department and Public Works for their level of responsiveness and devotion to public safety, and congratulate them on being some of the finest examples of the “gold standard” in upholding the oaths they have all taken.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge, after 32 years of service, the official retirement of our Township Administrator, Jeff Hatcher. We are grateful for everything he has done for Delran since 1989 and I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize that.
While we work towards finding his replacement, it is vitally important that our residents know that we, along with senior staff and all township employees and professionals will do everything in our power to make sure that this period of transition is as seamless as possible.
Especially worthy of appreciation for her incomparable level of help is our Township Clerk, Jamey Eggers. It’s no secret inside the township building that Jamey wears MANY hats, but I would like to personally thank her for picking up SO many additional duties during this time, especially after just recently taking on an additional role in the tax office.
We are so incredibly fortunate to have someone work so hard for this township, and because so much of her job happens behind the scenes; most of our Delran family don’t realize just how fundamental she is in making sure everything goes smoothly.
Last year, when I was sworn in as Mayor, I shared that “We’ll figure it out” is my family’s motto.
This past year we accomplished many of the goals we had when we started serving our Delran family and there is much more left to do as we continue to figure it all out.
Council and I looked at many of our township ordinances, redrafting and in some cases removing antiquated, confusing or conflicting laws governing Delran in favor of better, more realistic approaches to government. I thank the members of Council and the Solicitor’s office for their hard work.
We have begun the process of expanding the diversity and community outreach of our Police department and I am proud to continue working with our newly sworn in Police Chief, James Mitchell, to continue on that path.
We have started to expand our communications with residents to reach more community groups within the town that have been largely overlooked. We have some big plans for what’s coming next with regard to communications and outreach, especially with our seniors.
I am also very pleased to mention the hiring of our new Construction Official Bill Lunemann, who has been instrumental in bringing the inspection schedule back on track for the residents and local businesses, after a backlog was created due to Covid. We have heard from many residents that they have been happy with this change, and we’re proud to have Bill on the team.
We have spoken about the Carli Lloyd Event many times before. I will not repeat myself. Except to say that it was a wonderful event and we are very proud of Carli.
The final highlight of 2021 was that we were once again able to celebrate the arrival of Santa and the tree lighting during Winterfest. We have heard from so many residents that they had a wonderful time kicking off their holidays with us, and it was a great way to end the year with the community. My thanks to the volunteers and especially the RAC.
Finally, I am sad to announce that we have once again been forced to make some difficult decisions regarding access to meetings and the building, effective immediately. The two new strains of Covid; Delta and Omicron, have unfortunately led to a deeply troubling rise in case numbers for Delran, and public safety MUST be our primary concern.
While the availability of the vaccine has made a huge difference and has shown to be effective in decreasing fatalities seen previously; some of the most vulnerable members of our Delran family are still not old enough to be vaccinated and the rate of transmission indicates that these variants are spreading faster than ever.
Delran Township will be closed to the public for all meetings, events, gatherings and any departmental offices not separated by a glass partition until further notice. A complete and detailed list of the new protocols in place is available on the township website and facebook.
Unfortunately, that also means that we will need to delay recognition of Delran’s Golden Regiment, the Delran Soccer Team and the Delran Green Team until a safer time. We are so Delran Proud of all of them and look forward to a time when those proclamations can happen.
We have resumed Zoom meetings until we feel that we can safely reopen the building and will continue to closely monitor the guidance recommended by the Burlington County Health Department, the NJDOH, and the CDC and share that information as it becomes available.
I would like to urge all residents to be vigilant as well as kind to one another as we continue to move forward.
Attention Delran Residents: It has come to my attention that certain rumors, accusations, and statements were made regarding a fellow resident’s corporate sponsorship involvement with the Carli Lloyd Event on October 14th, as it relates to that resident’s current application and variance request before the Township Zoning Board.
First and foremost is it important to note that Zoning Board members may never have made a connection between the application in question and the corporate sponsorship for the event, had it not been posted by a non-resident on social media which made it a topic of conversation.
The Zoning Board is a quasi-judicial body comprised of volunteer citizens that are beholden only to consider if an application meets the qualifications of the existing land use laws of the State of New Jersey and the applicable ordinances of Delran. In the case of an application that includes a request for a variance; they are authorized to grant a variance-based solely on the merits of the application itself and its impact on the town.
They are given guidance during the process of hearing an application from the board’s attorney, engineer, and planner and must make the decision based on whether the applicant demonstrates that the variance would have a positive benefit for the town that outweighs any possible negative impact of approving said variance.
It should be noted that Delran’s land-use laws were enacted consistent with the Master Plan, which was drafted by the Planning Board many years ago. While the Master Plan is subject to periodic reexamination, due to State-mandated requirements; it is an open, public process and, other than the public comment provided during each hearing; it is not subject to the influences of anyone outside of that board. Private agendas and emotions are not a factor in the process, nor can they be.
Additionally, the applicants, their attorney, and any additional witnesses involved during an application hearing are expected to give sworn testimony, subject to the same penalties of perjury that would be applicable in a deposition or court of law.
Furthermore, the implication that the applicant in question, a long time Delran resident and personal friend of the guest of honor, was attempting to bribe or coerce a volunteer citizen board or circumvent the application process in any way, is not only preposterous; but could easily create standing for their own libel case. It not only could be considered negatively impactful to the business the applicant currently owns, but also to their friends and family (including Carli Lloyd) who have been affected by the defamatory comments.
We would also like to remind all residents that Zoning and Planning Board meetings are subject to the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, commonly known as “Sunshine Laws” as is every Township Council Work Session or Public Meeting. All of these meetings are recorded, and records of these meetings are kept and made available to all residents who submit a request through the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.
Finally, we would like to remind you once again that Zoning and Planning Boards are comprised of your neighbors, who have volunteered their time to serve our town. Discussions implying impropriety or that they are somehow influenced by a corporate sponsorship for a special township event, can only be considered to be absolutely offensive to each and every member of those boards.
Please join us for our Bi-annual Townwide Yard Sale on June 18th, from 8 am to 2 pm.
April 9th – Egg Hunt
June 18th – Spring Yard Sale
August 2nd – National Night Out
September 24th – Fall Yard Sale
October 29th – Trunk or Treat
November 11th – Veterans Day Ceremony
December 2nd – Winter Festival