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Mayor’s Update 10.19.21

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.

LEAF COLLECTION

Attention Residents – The Department of Public Works is aware that leaves are dropping later in the season and will be extending the leaf collection schedule for 2021. Please have all leaves to the curb by December 15th as Public Works will begin their final round of collection. Any questions, contact the Public Works Department at (856) 461-7737.

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: 2193* (As of 11-29-21)

Total Delran Resident Deaths: 21*

*Adjusted Cases have been confirmed as of 11-29-21 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 Registration Site
NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

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

Conrow Road Milling

Attention Delran Residents: Please be advised that in an effort to avoid disruption to the daytime traffic patterns and bus routes, road milling will be conducted on Conrow Rd tonight, October 27th and tomorrow evening October 28th between 5:00pm and 1:00am. Additional work will be conducted next week on November 4th, 5th and 6th between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm as schools will be closed for Teacher Conventions. Notices have also been delivered to residents in the area.

Mayor’s Update 10.22.21

An Explanation of Municipal Ballot Question #1

Dear Delran Neighbors: Over the last few years you’ve told us that you want us to stop the over development of what little open space we have left. You are concerned about the overcrowding in our schools, the increased traffic congestion, and the condition of our roads.

We have especially heard your concerns about what occurred recently regarding residential developers coming to the township. We have been forced by the courts to allow developers to build more residential dwellings where other recreational and outdoor options would have been much more beneficial to our residents.

We have done much to address these concerns, but there is still much more work to do. Voting YES to current Municipal Ballot Question #1 allows us to continue that work; using the Open Space Preservation Fund after the current program ends in 2024. This referendum is the first and most necessary step needed to finish the work we started for you. Remember, this creates NO additional tax burden to our residents.

In addition to fighting against further housing development, we have heard that you want us to find a place to build a community center in town for our children and seniors to enjoy, create and maintain a multi-purpose turf field, and continue to develop and maintain our other parks and fields. These are just a few of the things that the Open Space Preservation Fund will allow us to do.

Furthermore, this fund gives us the ability to preserve historical sites throughout town, as well as looking at potential physical venues to house the Delran Historical Society, so that they have a place to share their research and photos that make up our Delran Township history. This could offer the possibility of field trips for our children to learn first-hand about our community.

Preventing overcrowding and traffic congestion in our town is important to ALL of us, and we want to see the township preserve the agricultural history and small-town community feel that makes Delran special.

We all want a place to gather for events together as a family and community; such as Delran Night Out and the recent Carli Lloyd Celebration, to provide for the needs of future generations with accessible playgrounds; like Jake’s Place (the first of its kind in Burlington County) and the Buddy-Ball field, and maintain and develop the coming multi-purpose Carli Lloyd Field. All of these wonderful things we have been able to offer to our Delran families happened at Delran Community Park, which was purchased with the assistance of Open Space dollars.

With your help, we can continue to work together to ensure that our Delran community’s vision for the future is realized. Please, vote YES on Municipal Ballot Question #1.

Traffic Calming

A Notice Regarding Traffic Calming Improvements at Tenby Chase Drive and Grande Boulevard

In an effort to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, we will begin implementing traffic calming measures on Tenby Chase Drive and Grande Boulevard, beginning October 21st, and are currently expected to reach completion by the Winter.

Grande Boulevard Improvements

Grande Boulevard currently has a wide roadway and no lane striping, which invites speeding motorists.

The improvements will include the following:

  • Lane striping which will define a narrower driving lane and differentiate the driving lanefrom the parking zones
  • Addition of sidewalks to connect residential zones with the sports complex, providing safer areas of passage.
  • Installation of chicanes, a popular traffic calming technique. Their purpose is to:
    • reduce the width of the travel lane which
      slows traffic;
    • prohibit parking at the corner of cross streets which creates better sight lines for motorists; and
    • provide safer crosswalks by reducing the length ofthe cross walk and highlighting pedestrian crossing zones for motorists These chicanes are only used in a limited section of the road. Learn more about chicanes here.
  • Solar powered speed radar sign to alert drivers of their speed

Tenby Chase Improvements
Tenby Chase Drive (between Don Deutsch and Vermes fields) is dangerous to drivers and pedestrians, particularly during sporting events and practices.

Traffic Calming measures will include the following:

  • Additional lane striping to delineate the travel lane and shoulder for parking
  • Solar-powered speed radar sign to alert drivers of their speed.
  • Installation of chicanes at crosswalks, the benefits of which are mentioned above.

Concept Plans
Concepts plan for traffic calming improvements can be found here.

10/12/21 Work Session Meeting Cancelled

Due to no pending agenda items, the Township Council Work Session scheduled for 10/12/21 has been cancelled. The next Work Session will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Municipal Building.