February 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the February 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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Bordentown Township Reorganization Meeting Recap

Bordentown Township officials and residents gathered for the annual Reorganization Meeting on Saturday, where Stephen Benowitz was reappointed as Mayor, Eugene M. Fuzy was sworn in as Committeeman and reappointed as Deputy Mayor, and Bill Grayson was appointed to fill an unexpired term as Committeeman. Thank you to all who attended - we look forward to serving you in 2023!

Reorganization Meeting Recap

February Municipal Closures

All Bordentown Township’s Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

February Municipal Closures

Vaccination Clinics

COVID vaccines and boosters are available Thursdays at the Senior Community Center from noon to 6 p.m. through March. The Senior Center is located at 3 Municipal Drive. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred and help to shorten wait times. Vaccines and boosters are also available in Evesham on Wednesdays and in Westampton on Saturdays. Vaccines and boosters are offered to individuals six months and older. For more information and to make an appointment, click here.

COVID Boosters Available in Bordentown Township

Your Township Government Update

The Township Committee set its 2023 meeting schedule during its Reorganization Meeting on January 7. View the 2023 meeting schedule by visiting this link. Agendas for each meeting are posted by Friday morning preceding the Monday meeting. Meetings are open to the public at 7:30 p.m. and all are encouraged to attend.

A Redevelopment Plan for the Hedding Road area was introduced during the January 23rd Committee meeting. View the plan by visiting this link. The plan has been reviewed by the Planning Board and determined to be consistent with the Master Plan. The Committee will consider the Redevelopment Plan for possible adoption during its February 13th meeting.

Concept designs for the new municipal complex are being drafted. At this time, it is expected the proposed concepts will be presented to the Township Committee during one of the February meetings.


Your Township Community Development Updates

The Planning Board held its annual Reorganization Meeting on January 12. At this meeting the Board selected the firm of Siciliano & Associates, LLC as the 2023 Planning Board Attorney, the firm of Turek Consulting LLC as its Engineer, the firm of Design for Generations as its Planner/Landscape Architect and the firm of Sam Schwartz Engineering as its Traffic Engineer. George Chidley was reappointed as the Planning Board Chairperson. Danielle Esser was reappointed as the Board Vice Chairperson and Mark Siegle was reappointed as the Board Secretary. The 2023 meeting schedule was also established and can be found by visiting this link.

During the January 12 meeting, the Planning Board also heard and approved an application made by Nicole Schruby, for use and bulk variance relief for the demolition on an existing single-family dwelling and the replacement with a new single-family dwelling at 75 Old Amboy Road.

A Redevelopment Plan for Lots 3-6 and 7.01-7.05 in Block 126 was introduced at the January 23 Township Committee meeting. The plan was introduced for an area previously designated as an “Area in Need of Rehabilitation” via Township Committee Resolution 2018-295-15. The Bordentown CrossRoads Redevelopment Plan may be viewed by visiting this link. The plan was reviewed by the Planning Board at its January 26th meeting for consistency with the Township Master Plan in accordance with the provisions of the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et. seq.). The Board deemed that the proposed Plan was in compliance with the Master Plan and forwarded its determination along with recommendations back to the Township Committee via Resolution P-2023-07. The Redevelopment Plan will now return to the Committee for possible adoption at the Committee’s February 13 meeting.

Bordentown Township Police Department
Celebrates Black History Month

During Black History Month the Bordentown Township Police Department takes this opportunity to honor and celebrate our black officers who provide excellent service and contributions to the community daily.

Sgt. Anthony S. Biddle II was born and raised in Bordentown Township, graduated from Bordentown Regional High School, and attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD where he received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.

Photo: Anthony S. Biddle II

Anthony S. Biddle II

Anthony is the first black officer hired by our agency in October of 2001 and is currently a supervisor in the patrol division and serves our department as a firearms instructor, field training officer and member of both our bicycle patrol squad and Honor Guard.

Officer Adam Edwards has been employed with our department since 2014 and is a graduate of the Mercer County Police Academy. Ptl. Edwards is currently the department’s School Resource and Juvenile Officer as well as a Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Photo:Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards

Ptl. Edwards is very active in our school community and has formed a Mentoring Young Men program at Bordentown Regional High School, oversees our popular Youth Academy every summer and assisted in establishing a Student Voices group in the district which is a collection of students who meet to discuss racial issues in the world and within our own community.

Ptl. Joshua Gardner is a 2012 graduate of Bordentown Regional High School and was hired by our department in August of 2017. He then attended the Camden County Police Academy where he received the overall Physical Fitness Award out of 110 recruits.

Photo: Joshua Gardner

Joshua Gardner

During his tenure with the BTPD, Ptl. Gardner has become a member of our Department’s Honor Guard, is certified in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and is a 2020 recipient of the Mothers against Drunk Driving award (MADD Award) which is presented to the department’s top DWI producers.

Ptl. Mark E. Sherman II joined our Department in March of 2021 after spending 14 years with the Burlington County Sheriff's Department. In his law enforcement career, he has also served as a Patrolman for Hopewell Township (Mercer County) and a SLEO II for the Willingboro Township Police Department.

Photo: Mark E. Sherman

Mark E. Sherman

Mark graduated from the Burlington County Police Academy in 2007. Since then, he has earned many certifications and trained in various disciplines. He is a certified Sniper/Observer, Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, completed S.W.A.T. school in Philadelphia, and is an armorer of Sig Sauer and Glock pistols.

Veteran State and County Medal Application

Veterans interested in learning how to get their State and County Medals will soon be able to have 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.

Joseph Lawrence Park Playground Update

This week Bordentown Township will be replacing and improving the public playground closest to the Pavilion at Joseph Lawrence Park with a NEW modern playground to be installed this summer. The other public playground closer to Peter Muschal School will still be available for use. Thank you for your understanding.

Playground Update

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

NJ Extends Application Deadline for Affordable NJ Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR)

The State of New Jersey has extended the application deadline for the new Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) property tax relief to Tuesday, February 28.

ANCHOR benefits will begin paying in the late Spring of 2023. Payments will be paid in the form of a direct deposit or check, not as credits to property tax bills. Homeowners who filed a Homestead Benefit application last year may be able to obtain their ID and PIN numbers online. Renters/Tenants do not need an ID or PIN number to file. Visit the Division's ANCHOR page for all filing information.


Join the Bordentown Township Green Team

Bordentown Township is actively seeking out Green Team Members. We work closely with our Environmental Commission who aids in providing direction to achieve our goals. Green Teams are associated with Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit at The College of New Jersey. There are over 450 green teams throughout the state, as well as 13 other sustainable states in the nation.

Sustainable Jersey's Green Teams provide the leadership to develop plans, implement programs and assist with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community. Together, our community members will complete sustainable actions to achieve certifications and grants. Anyone can get involved and initiatives vary from art, equity, food, and many other options.

Join today and fill out this survey of availability to help schedule meetings. Stay up to date with the latest projects, events, and information follow the Green Team on Facebook.

Green Team

Super Bowl Safe Driving

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk. The Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 12, and the Bordentown Township Police Department reminds everyone that there’s no need to consult the playbook when it comes to driving sober. The winning play always involves a designated sober driver.

Super Bowl Safe Driving

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sending love and well wishes to our friends,
families, and residents this Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Presidents’ Day

Honoring our nation’s leaders this Presidents’ Day.

Green Team

Upcoming February Meetings:

Please be sure to check the Bordentown Township website for any changes or meeting cancellations. Please note some meetings are virtual. The Township February meeting schedule is as follows:

Township Committee Meetings:
February 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
February 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee meetings are held in person at the Municipal Building.

Planning Board Meetings:
February 9 @ 7 p.m.
February 23 @ 7 p.m.
Planning Board meetings are held in person at the Municipal Building.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
February 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Environmental Commission Meetings are held virtually via Zoom.
See agenda for access information.

Senior Citizen Club Meetings:
February 6 @ 1 p.m.
February 20 @ 1 p.m.
Senior Citizen Club Meetings are held in person at the Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.

Sign up for CivicReady

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Donuts with Seniors'

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