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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.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Delran Township Case numbers are updated as soon as they are reported to us. The safety of all Delran residents and staff remains our primary concern during the pandemic. Please refer to the links below regarding up-to-date testing/vaccine information and resources.

Confirmed Positive Cases for Delran Residents: 1,828* (As of 6-21-21)

Total Delran Resident Deaths: 18*

*Adjusted Cases have been confirmed as of 6-21-21 based on data analysis conducted by the Burlington County Epidemiologist. Probable Cases will be moved to the adjusted total once confirmed.

Important Links

NJ Testing Finder Tool
Vaccine Pre-Registration Site
NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Locations – For Eligible Recipients

Additional NJ Resources and Assistance

Have general COVID-19 questions? The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State of NJ to provide information to the Public on COVID-19:

Call: 2-1-1
Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

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.

STORM UPDATE

Attention Delran Residents: Due to the flash thunderstorm that just occurred, the area of Chester Avenue and Underwood is currently flooded. This was caused by water breaching the curb. The storm drains are still being constructed in this area and this will not be an ongoing issue. Crews are currently mobilizing to clean up the affected area and should be on-site within the next 15 minutes. Please AVOID this area while they are working.
Additionally, residents are reminded to never attempt to drive their vehicles through standing water, even if it looks passable.  Only six inches of water is enough to hit the bottom of most passenger cars, flooding the exhaust and leaving you stranded. 

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.                                                                                                          

Mayor’s Update 5.20.21

As some residents may already have heard, I have been working with Congressman Andy Kim and Councilwoman Virginia Parejo to bring a Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic to Delran. I am excited to announce that we will hold two Delran Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic Events at Calvary Church next month.

This will allow easy access for Delran residents as well as others in the surrounding river towns who have been unable to get a vaccine.

The First Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available June 4th and 7th from 9 am-3 pm. Second Doses ONLY will be given June 25th and 28th.

We were lucky enough to be a part of Congressman Kim’s partnership with Rite Aid, which allowed us to choose the Pfizer vaccine, which is now available for everyone age 12 and up! 

This is a great opportunity for the children in our community to get vaccinated before school lets out and summer camps and vacations begin!

I am also grateful to Delran School’s Superintendent Dr. Brostchul, who has offered to assist us in providing transportation options to residents who have been unable to get vaccinated due to being housebound.

Additionally, refreshments will be provided by some of our local businesses on these dates.  Congressman Andy Kim as well as members of the Delran Township Police Department, Delran Fire Department, Delran Emergency Squad will all be there to welcome vaccine recipients! 

For registration or transportation assistance, please call 856-393-7973

If you want to register without assistance, please visit:https://riteaid.reportsonline.com/rsched/program/CC2021

I look forward to seeing you, and everyone who wants the vaccine, get it right here in Delran.

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