August 2022 Newsletter

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

Third Quarter Tax Updates

Annual Tax Bills are expected to be mailed later this summer. When received, please check the DUE DATE as the grace period will be extended to accommodate any delays. If you have any concerns, please email the Tax Clerk at [email protected].

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2

The Bordentown Township Police Department is excited to again partner with the Bordentown City Police Department this year for a joint National Night Out. This event will take place at Joseph Lawrence Park on Tuesday, August 2 from 6-9 p.m., and is sure to be a great night of community building with activities that include Officer Meet & Greets, DJ and games, inflatables, K9 Demos and more!

National Night Out

Music in the Park Featuring Mr. Ray
Wednesday, August 17

Bordentown Township will host a Music in the Park children’s concert featuring Mr. Ray on Wednesday, August 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at Joseph Lawrence Park/Veterans Memorial Park, Ward Avenue.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
Saturday, September 10

Mark your calendars! Bordentown Township will host a Flag Retirement Ceremony at Northern Community Park on Saturday, September 10 beginning at 11 a.m.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Mark Your Calendar! Shredder Day
Saturday, October 1

Mark your calendar! Bordentown City and Township will host a Shredder Day on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Public Works Garage, 266 Crosswicks Road. Always the first Saturday of May and October.

Shredder Day

Mark Your Calendar! Fall Festival
Saturday, October 8

Mark your calendar! The annual Bordentown Fall Festival is set for Saturday, October 8 from noon - 4 p.m. at Joseph Lawrence Park.

Fall Festival

Your Township Government Update

The Township welcomes Keith Trout, Timothy Hager and Dylan Smith as new employees with the Public Works department!

An ordinance was adopted by the Township Committee updating the Township’s vacant property registration process and fees.

The Township Committee reviewed and accepted the Township’s 2021 audit in which the auditor had no findings or recommendations. Kudos to our finance department! The audit is posted on the website for public review, here.

The Township is applying for two state grants from the NJ Department of Transportation. If awarded, the Township would receive funding toward the funding for resurfacing Williamsburg Drive/Holloway Lane. This project would include the installation of new sidewalks along side both Holloway Lane and Crosswicks Road for safer walkways to the high school. The second grant would go toward the construction of sidewalks and ADA accessible ramps on Adirondack Road and other roads on the southern end of Rising Sun Meadows.

The Committee endorsed an application to be submitted to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission by Curaleaf to obtain a Class 5 Cannabis Retail Location at 191 Route 130 North. If the NJ CRC approves the application, Curaleaf would be permitted to open for recreational adult use sales once all conditions of their amended site plan are completed.

An ordinance creating specific provisions regarding the removal or trees on individual lots or tracts of land in the Township to avoid indiscriminate and excessive destruction, removal and cutting of trees will be open for public hearing at the August 15 Committee meeting. The ordinance is posted in the agenda to the July 18 meeting and can also be provided by the Township Clerk during business hours, or by emailing the Clerk at [email protected].

Your Township Community Development Update

On July 20, the Township and the NJ Division of Local Planning Services presented the initial concept plan for the future Waterfront Park. Feedback was welcomed during the presentation. If you missed it, the presentation can be viewed on our website.

No new applications were heard by the Planning Board in July. At the August 11th meeting, an application for a natural gas fueling station, to be located at 1092 US Highway 206, is expected to be heard. Planning Board meeting agendas can be found on our website here.

Curaleaf will soon expand to include recreational adult use sales. Curaleaf’s amended site plan was approved with specific conditions by the Planning Board last month. If the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission approves Curaleaf’s application for expanded use at 191 Route 130 North and all the amended site plan conditions are satisfied, Curaleaf would be permitted to open for recreational adult use sales.

Progress continues for the new CVS on the corner of Route 130 and Farnsworth. Opening is expected in early fall. NJ Department of Transportation has committed to making improvements to the south side of the northbound corner of the intersection in 2023.

The Township is making efforts to alleviate truck traffic on local roads. A connector road is being constructed to link Dunns Mill Road with Rising Sun Road. This will significantly improve traffic circulation – specifically regarding the large trucks attempting to navigate Farnsworth Avenue and Route 130. Look for maps outlining the expected traffic flow to be added to our website soon. Check out all the maps which include zoning, road and drainage improvements, affordable housing, roadway restrictions, bikeway paths and more on our website here.

Employment Opportunity

Bordentown Township is seeking full-time and part-time Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). View the job description and apply today.

Employment Opportunity

Updates from the Bordentown Township
Environmental Commission

Pollinator Garden

The Township recently added a pollinator garden next to the Community Garden at Constitution Park. A resident, Christine Mendelowitz received native wildflowers through a grant from Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. She coordinated with the Township for their planting and care. The Pollinator Garden will encourage native pollinators, many of which are on the decline. For example, Monarch butterflies were added to the endangered species list.

Although no increase in the garden's produce production is expected, the pollinator garden should increase predators and parasitoids which will reduce the pests in the organic garden. It is important to remember that the wildflowers might take a few years to look their best. This spot will be a great place for photographers to take pictures of insects, spiders, and flowers themselves. If you do venture to look at the garden, please mind your feet as some of the plants are small and can perish if stepped on. The garden is designed with paths to maximize viewing and flowering ground cover (clover) will be added in the fall to prevent erosion and mark the paths. Please honor any signs placed that restrict walking in the area as the clover starts to germinate. If there are no signs it is safe to walk.

The Township thanks Christine Mendelowitz, SEWA of Chesterfield, and SEWA of Cherry Hill for helping with this project.

Pollinator Garden

Environmental Commission Challenge

The Environmental Commission kindly requests our residents to pledge to do some green practices. Fill this form out to get credit for Sustainable New Jersey Actions for our certification and participation in the program. Continue reading our newsletter to learn how you can join our Green Team. Learn more about the challenge.

Sign Up for the Bordentown Green Team

Bordentown Township is actively seeking out Green Team Members. Green Team Members engage with the Township through the Environmental Commission to accomplish environmentally friendly initiatives and projects.

This fall, regular monthly meetings will be scheduled and a questionnaire about availability will be sent out to those who previously or recently signed up for information by the beginning of September. Learn more and sign up here.

Green Team

Shredder Day Event Recap

Thank you to everyone for another successful Shredder Day event. At our recent event, we shredded over 5,700 pounds. A special ‘Thank You’ to Bordentown Township Mayor Stephen Benowitz, Deputy Mayor Eugene Fuzy, Bill Grayson, Ralph Tolomeo, Driver of the Shredder Truck, Roger Plew, and Cathy Elliot-Shaw.

Shredder Day Event Recap

Upcoming August Meetings:

Please be sure to check the Bordentown Township website for any changes or meeting cancellations. All Township meeting information can be found on the Township website with the respective agendas. The Township August Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Senior Meetings:
Monday, August 1 @ 1 p.m.
Monday, August 15 @ 1 p.m.
Senior Meetings are held in person at the Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.

VAC Meeting:
Tuesday, August 2 @ 7 p.m.
VAC Meetings are held in person at the Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.

Planning Board Meeting:
Thursday, August 11 @ 7 p.m.
Planning Board Meetings are being held remotely via the Zoom platform.
See agendas for access information.

Township Committee Meeting:
Monday, August 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee Meetings are being held in person at the Municipal Building.
For agendas,
please visit this link.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, August 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Environmental Commission Meetings are being held remotely via the Zoom platform.
See agendas for access information.

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

Everyone 6 months or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. Learn more.

Helpful Links

Bordentown Township Website:
NJ Department of Health Website:
Burlington County Website:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website: