April 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of the Bordentown Township Banner!
Our goal is to keep residents, friends, and neighbors informed about the latest Township news and events.

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Happy Easter & Passover

Wishing a very happy Passover and Easter to all who celebrate!

Happy Easter &  Passover

Join the Bordentown Township Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8

Hop on over to the 9th annual Bordentown Township Easter Egg Hunt! This event takes place tomorrow Saturday, April 8 at Northern Community Park starting 10 a.m. There will be two Easter Egg Hunts divided by age for children ages 2 & 3 and for children ages 4-9. Children ages 2 & 3 will hunt for eggs at the ‘Tot Lot’ and may be accompanied by a parent. Kids ages 4-9 will hunt for eggs in the field. All participants must bring their own basket or bag to collect the candy filled eggs.

During this event golden eggs will be hidden throughout the field. Children who find the golden eggs will win large Easter baskets filled with treats. All golden eggs must be returned to registration table to claim the prize. View the event flyer online by visiting this link.

Easter Egg Hunt

Senior Citizen’s Police Academy

Burlington County Sheriff James Kostoplis is pleased to announce an upcoming Senior Citizens Police Academy! Classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning on April 11, and continuing through May 16 at the Bordentown Senior Community Center at 3 Municipal Drive from 1-3 p.m. Please note, registration is required as class sizes are limited. Register by calling the Community Outreach Unit at 609-265-5785.

Police Academy

April is Cat Licensing Month

Fees are $10 for a spayed/neutered cat and $13 for an unspayed/unneutered cat. After April 30, include a late fee of $5. Mail or drop off the following to the Clerk’s office at 1 Municipal Drive, Bordentown NJ 08505:

  • Completed Cat License Application
  • Rabies Vaccination certificate
  • Proof of spaying/neutering (if a new registration or if newly spayed/neutered)
  • Payment (cash or check made payable to “Township of Bordentown”)
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope as the rabies vaccination certificate and proof of spaying/neutering will be returned to you by mail—along with your cat’s new license.

If your cat is deceased or you have moved, please contact the office so our records can be updated. You can leave a message 24/7 at (609) 298-2800, Ext. 2104 or email us at [email protected]. If you have any questions concerning licensing of your cat, please feel free to contact us.

Cat Licensing Month

Your Township Government Updates

Retired Colonel Jeffrey J. Eget has been appointed to the Veterans Advisory Committee. Congratulations and we look forward to working with you to recognize and improve the lives of our Veterans! Greetings also are extended to Reyan Frank who is joining the Township team as a full-time clerk in the UCC Construction Department.

The Township authorized an agreement with RWJBarnabas Health EMS to provide Basic Life Support ambulance services for Township residents. Once the agreement is signed by both parties and adopted by our shared service partners in Bordentown City, the Township will begin making steps to implement the agreement. Be assured that under the terms of the agreement, RWJ staff must be located with an ambulance within our service area, and the level of service will not be adversely affected by this agreement. See answers to many questions on the Township website.

The Township Committee took the first step to foreclose on several municipal liens on Township properties. The Committee authorized the hiring of a specialized law firm to assist with the proceedings. Any properties that are subject to action will receive several notices and opportunities to avoid foreclosure.

The Township is submitting a grant application for additional funding to assess a portion of the waterfront property site for environmental issues. The goal is to create a destination park for active and passive recreation along the waterfront.

For the safety of our residents, the Township Committee has decided to opt out of the aerial spraying conducted by Burlington County for mosquito control. Specific, targeted spraying will still be conducted if issues or cases of West Nile Virus are reported.

For current information on the new Municipal Complex to be built behind the current municipal building, be sure to periodically check our website at https://www.bordentowntownship.com/new_municipal_complex. Currently, IEI Architects are working on the schematic design of the planned two-story building to be adjacent to the current Senior Community Center. The Center will also be renovated during the project.

March was proclaimed as Women’s History Month by the Mayor at the March 13th meeting.

The 2023 Municipal Budget will be introduced at the April 10th Committee meeting. A public budget hearing will be held at the May 8th meeting.


Your Township Community Development Updates

The Planning Board did not hold any of its regularly scheduled meetings in the March due to a lack of applications. The regularly scheduled meetings of the Planning Board are April 13 and April 27. The Planning Board meeting agendas and materials can be found here.

The Community Development office continues to work with New Jersey Transit on the Township’s request for the installation of bus shelters and concrete pads at the bus stops located on US-206. NJ Transit will be installing the bus shelters and associated concrete pads at the locations shown on this map.

Last month, the Community Development office in an effort to keep our residents informed on potential development in town created a webpage for pending Planning Board applications. The Community Development office has also recently created a Development Application Portal where residents and other interested parties can review applications and the associated plans and materials which have been submitted since 2017. The year 2017 was chosen as a starting point as this is generally when the Township started receiving digital copies of materials with submissions. Over the coming months it is anticipated that this portal will be combined with the data found in other Township Maps to create a single repository of information.

A reminder as we approach the warmer months and home improvement projects begin that zoning permit applications are typically required in addition to construction permits for most outdoor projects. Unsure if you need a zoning permit? You can call our office to confirm at 609-298-2800 Ext. 2113.

DEA National Prescription Take Back Day
Saturday April, 22

Unused prescription drugs often find their way into the wrong hands, which can be dangerous and often tragic. The Bordentown Township Police Department is participating in the DEA National Take Back Day on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Police Department (1 Municipal Drive). Residents are urged to take advantage of this opportunity and drop off unused and expired medications to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Take Back Day

Bordentown Township Police Department
Vacation Security Checks for Residents

Planning a vacation in 2023? Leave your worries behind and have the Bordentown Township Police Department perform a security check of your home so you can have peace of mind and enjoy your trip. Download the necessary form on the Bordentown Township website.

Vacation Security Checks for Residents

Bordentown Township Recognized at Heroes Luncheon

On March 23, the Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce hosted a Heroes Luncheon at Jimmy's American Grill honoring Bordentown First Responders.

A member of each department was also recognized with a plaque:

Bordentown Township Police Department – Det. Anthony Nagle
Bordentown City Police Department - Lt. Daniel Anderson
Bordentown EMS - EMT Lori Engler
Bordentown Fire District 2 - Firefighter Richard Purdy
Mission Fire Company - Firefighter Raymond Fackenthall
Consolidated Fire Association - Chief John Walls
Hope Hose Humane Company - Life Member Vincent Walsh

Congratulations to all!

Detective Anthony Nagle

Detective Anthony Nagle

City Police Chief Lafferty, Lieutenant Daniel Anderson, and Bill Ryan

City Police Chief Lafferty, Lieutenant Daniel Anderson, and Bill Ryan

Chief John Walls and EMT Lori Engler

Chief John Walls and EMT Lori Engler

2nd Quarter Taxes Coming Due

Tax Payments for the 2nd quarter of 2023 must be received by Wednesday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. to avoid incurring interest charges back to May 1. Payments can be mailed (if received by May 10, not postmarked), brought in or dropped off in the secure Property Tax Drop Box. Taxes may also be paid online. If you have any questions, contact the Tax Office at 609-298-2800 x2106 or email [email protected].

Property Tax Drop Box

For taxpayer convenience, a secure drop off box for tax payments has been installed outside of the Municipal Building. The drop off box will be emptied every business day. Checks must be dropped off 30 minutes before the close of the business day to be considered received on that day. If you require a receipt in addition to your cancelled check, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your payment. The tax drop-off box, like the ballot box, is under 24-hour surveillance.

Property Tax Drop Box </p

Bordentown Township Shredder Day
Saturday, May 6

Mark your calendars! Bordentown Township’s Shredder Day is set to take place Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. - Noon at the Township’s Public Works Garage.

Bordentown City and Township residents can prepare for Shredder Day by reviewing the below safety guidelines:

  1. Remove anything you don't want shredded before arriving.
  2. Things should be clearly labeled or obvious as to what is to be shredded.
  3. We request all papers to be shredded are placed in the trunk or rear of the car.
  4. Stay in your car during the entire process.
  5. Upon being signaled, please open the trunk to allow the volunteers access to the paper.
  6. Anything you want to be returned to your car should clearly be labeled as such.
  7. After shredding materials have been removed, exit by Derby Firehouse.

Please be reminded that Shredder Day is for household shredding only – no businesses!

Shredder Day

Become a Vendor at the Bordentown Farmers Market

The Bordentown Farmer's Market is back for 2023! Applications are now open for interested vendors, food trucks, and other participants. Learn more and apply by visiting this link.


Interested in Volunteering For Habitat for Humanity?

There are volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Check out this link for more information. Check out this link for more information.

Veteran State and County Medal Application

Veterans interested in learning how to get their State and County Medals can access easy-to-fill-out forms on the Bordentown Township website. The Veteran Advisory Committee hopes this allows eligible veterans easier access to their earned medals. Please contact [email protected] for assistance with filling out the forms.


Veteran Advisory Committee Offers
NEW Email Address to Assist Veterans

Are you or do you know a Veteran in need of assistance with their benefits or other related issues? The Veteran Advisory Committee is happy to help through their new email address! Contact [email protected] for assistance.


Bulk Waste Collection Update for 2023

In 2023, residents must call to schedule a bulk waste collection. Call 609-291-2133 or send an email with your address and the types of items to be collected. Scheduling keeps our collection costs down and assures pick up. Bulk waste collection will still be twice a month and, depending on the zone in which you live, bulky items will either be collected the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month (Zone 1) or the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month (Zones 2 and 3). Find your zone and see the schedule by visiting this link or scanning the QR code. Bordentown Township thanks you for your cooperation!

Bulk Waste Collection Update for 2023

Bordentown Township Public Works Offers Brush Pick-Up

Bordentown Township Public Works is offering brush pick-up for residents from February through October. Scheduled brush pick-ups take place every Tuesday. Call 609-291-2133 to schedule your pick-up. View the list of requirements for accepted brush and how to schedule your pick-up by visiting this link.

Garden Plots Will Soon Be Available - Claim Yours Today!

Looking to start a garden but don’t have space? Organic garden plots will soon be available to residents in Bordentown Township for $25 per plot. The Community Garden has limited plots available, and renters must follow organic practices and rules. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Email [email protected] to reserve your spot today!

Garden Plots

Environmental Commission Sustainable New Jersey Update

The Environmental Commission held a Green Team meeting on March 28. The Commission thanks the public for attending to learn about the Sustainable New Jersey Process and their efforts in getting Bordentown Township recertified. If you’d like to volunteer or have a green idea, please email [email protected]. The Environmental Commission thanks you for your assistance.

Upcoming April Meetings:

For agendas and last-minute changes or cancellations, be sure to check the agenda and minutes page on the Bordentown Township website.

Township Committee Meetings:
Monday, April 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee meetings are held at the Municipal Building.

Planning Board Meetings:
Thursday, April 13 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 @ 7 p.m.
Planning Board meetings are held at the Municipal Building.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, April 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Environmental Commission Meetings are being held virtually via Zoom. See agenda for access link.

Veteran Advisory Committee Meetings
Tuesday, May 2 @ 7 pm.
Veteran’s Advisory Committee Meetings are held at Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.

Senior Citizen Club Meetings:
Monday, April 17 @ 1 p.m.


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Civic Ready

Helpful Links

Bordentown Township Website: www.bordentowntownship.com
NJ Department of Health Website: www.covid19.nj.gov
Burlington County Website: www.co.burlington.nj.us
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website: www.cdc.gov