January 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the January 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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Join Us for the Bordentown Township
2023 Reorganization Meeting
Saturday, January 7

Bordentown Township is ringing in the New Year by holding the Township Committee Annual Reorganization Meeting on Saturday, January 7 in the Court Room at 11 a.m. View ‘Your Township Government Update’ section for details. All are welcome to attend!

FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Saturday, January 7

Bordentown Township’s FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday, January 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the Senior Community Center, located at 3 Municipal Drive. For more information, please visit this link.

FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic

January is Dog Licensing Month

Did you know that January is dog licensing month in Bordentown Township? Chapter 6.04 of the Bordentown Township Municipal Code requires all dogs older than 7 months to be licensed through the Township Clerk’s Office. Renew or apply for your dog’s license by visiting this link.

January is Dog Licensing Month

COVID Boosters Available in Bordentown Township

COVID vaccines and boosters are available Thursdays at the Senior Community Center from noon to 6 p.m. 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

Holiday Closures

In honor and remembrance of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bordentown Township Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16.

Holiday Closures

Bulk Waste Collection Update for 2023

Starting in January, 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

A Message from Public Works:
Christmas Tree Disposal and Pick Up

The Bordentown Township Public Works Department would like to remind residents that Christmas trees can be put on the curb for disposal and a crew will make rounds to collect trees daily throughout the month of January.

Christmas Tree Disposal and Pick Up

Thank You for Your Service, Fire Chief Steve Scholey!

Bordentown Township is proud to honor Mission Fire Chief, Steven C. Scholey for his service to the community. Chief Scholey was born and raised in the Bordentown area and began his fire service journey by becoming a volunteer at the age of 16 at Hope Hose Humane Company #1. He was hired as a part-time fire inspector in 1993 and then as a full-time firefighter in 1996 for Bordentown Township Fire Department #1. His dedication and service to the community continued as he rose through the ranks when he was promoted to Captain in 2000, Deputy Chief in 2010, and Chief of the Department in 2016, until his retirement on December 1, 2022. Thank you for your service Chief Scholey!

Fire Chief Steve Scholey

Your Township Government Update

Congratulations to Committeeman Jim Kostoplis who will soon be SHERIFF Kostoplis! Thank you for your service to the Township and to our County!

The Township Committee will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Saturday, January 7 at 11 a.m. in the Court Room. During this meeting, Eugene Fuzy will take the oath of office to begin his third term on the Committee. The Township Committee will appoint a new member to fill Jim Kostoplis’ unexpired term for calendar year 2023, select the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the upcoming year, and appoint the Township professionals for 2023. During this meeting, the Committee will also set the 2023 meeting schedule, fill any openings on Township boards and commissions and speak of their plans for the upcoming year. All are welcome to attend!

The Township welcomes Sherelle Key as a new employee! Sherelle will be working in the municipal court office which services both Bordentown and Chesterfield Townships.

The Township has submitted a grant application to the NJ Department of Transportation seeking funds from the Local Freight Impact Fund for the repaving of Rising Sun Road.

Elena Gable of Heyer Gruel & Associates spoke to the Committee at its December 12th meeting and provided an overview of the Township’s Master Plan, Master Plan Elements, and the current zoning.

Bordentown Township resident, Pauline Kostoulakos, recently celebrated her 100th birthday and received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Benowitz. Visit this link to read the proclamation. Happy belated birthday Pauline!

Pauline Kostoulakos

The Township was notified that PSE&G will soon be trimming trees around power lines. Trimming will be conducted by a licensed arborist. More details will be shared as they become available.

The Committee wishes everyone a Happy New Year and is committed to making Bordentown Township a great place to live and work! Input from residents is always welcomed. We look forward to seeing you at a 2023 Committee meeting!


Your Township Community Development Updates

In August of 2022, the Township Committee adopted Ordinance 2022-17, entitled “Tree Removal and Replacement.” This ordinance regulates the removal of any tree on any privately owned lots and tracts of land whether residential or commercial in nature. Regulations are based on the size or width of the trees. There are exceptions for certain situations. BEFORE any tree removal, reach out to the Community Development Director for guidance on the regulations and procedures.

At the December 8, 2022, meeting, the Planning Board approved an application for a preliminary and final site plan with conditional use variance relief to permit a compressed gas fueling station at 1092 US Highway 206. The December meeting was the first in-person meeting of the Planning Board since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. All subsequent meetings of the Planning Board will be held in-person starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Court chambers located at 1 Municipal Drive.

The next Planning Board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 12. At this meeting, the Board will hold its reorganization for 2023. This will involve swearing in members and appointing professionals for the upcoming year. The Board will also hear a use variance application for the construction of a single-family residential dwelling on Old Amboy Road. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend all Planning Board meetings. Once approved, the meeting schedule for 2023 can be found here https://www.bordentowntownship.com/planning_board.

Bordentown Township Police Department Updates
The Bordentown Township Police Department, the Township and the Office of Emergency Management want to light up your new year! The department recently received a large supply of LED light bulbs (Dusk to Dawn 60W) from PSE&G which will help residents reduce energy consumption and improve home security. Bordentown Township residents are encouraged to stop the police department during weekday hours or contact Police Clerk Lopez at [email protected] for FREE bulbs. Limit 2 packs per household, while supplies last.

Bordentown Bypass

The Wreaths Across America convoy delivers hundreds of thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery every December. During the weeklong trip, the convoy spends the night at the Petro Truck Stop, with the BTPD coordinating their arrival and departure. This year the convoy members were treated to a catered dinner at the Senior Center courtesy of Mission BBQ. Township Officials and the Veteran’s Advisory Committee were also there to thank the convoy for their dedication to honoring our nation’s veterans.

Township police officers recently visited the Woodlin Lodge No. 30 during their annual Children’s Christmas event in Bordentown City. Our police officer’s charity fund also contributed to this event, which provides holiday gifts to local youth.

In December, our officers, along with the Bordentown City Police Department, presented the Rocha family with a check for $11,500 to assist with their baby girl Lilliana's battle with cancer. The money was raised during the department’s ‘No Shave November’ initiative, which helps to raise money each year for a local charity. A special thank you to all the local restaurants, businesses and residents who stepped up to help this Bordentown family in their time of need. Visit this link for a recap of the initiative.

Cleaning out your closet to make room for your new holiday gifts? Consider donating used clothing to one of our L.E.A.D. clothing bins located at the Bordentown Regional High School and Bordentown Middle School. Our Police Department has partnered with L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) to bring these clothing bins to our Township, and the proceeds will provide the police department with funds for training our L.E.A.D. instructors, and for purchasing merchandise for our students.

Bordentown Township Animal Control reminds everyone to keep pets inside during cold weather. It is a common misconception that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather due to their fur. Cats and dogs are just as susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia as humans and should be kept inside during cold weather.

We are hiring!
Join the Bordentown Township Team
With The Following Job Opportunities:
Part-Time Emergency Management Coordinator

Bordentown Township is seeking a Part-Time Emergency Management Coordinator. This position is required to have experience in planning, activating, disseminating public information, and coordinating the conduct of all emergency management operations within the Township. Applicants are responsible for acquiring reimbursements through FEMA, other government agencies, and grants. Applicants with FEMA ICS Training are preferred. Although this position is part-time, applicants must be prepared to work additional hours in the event of emergency situations. Bordentown Township is a Civil Service Community and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume via email only to Bordentown Township Administrator, Michael Theokas at [email protected] no later than Monday, January 16.


Full Time Finance, Payroll, Human Resources Assistant

Bordentown Township is seeking a qualified candidate to join its Finance Office! Candidates must have a strong finance background (Municipal Finance experience is preferred) and be detailed oriented. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and there is a strong opportunity for growth in the department. Bordentown Township is a Civil Service Community and an equal opportunity employer. Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Bordentown Township Administrator, Michael Theokas at [email protected] by Friday, January 27.

We are hiring

Learn more about available job positions in the Township by visiting this link.

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

Governor Phil Murphy has announced that the State of New Jersey is extending the application deadline for the new Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) property tax relief to Tuesday, January 31. Also, tenants who had previously been ineligible because their units are under PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreements are now eligible to apply for the benefit.

Applicants are encouraged to consult the detailed information posted on the Division of Taxation’s website, including the Frequently Asked Questions. Please note applicants will be compensated in the form of a direct deposit or check, NOT as credits to property tax bills. Learn more by visiting this link. For more information, visit the ANCHOR website or call the ANCHOR hotline at 1-888-238-1233.

NJ Extending Applications Deadline for Affordable NJ

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

Upcoming January Meetings:

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

Township Committee Meetings:
Saturday, January 7 @ 11 a.m.
Monday, January 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee Meetings are held in person at the Municipal Building unless stated otherwise.

Planning Board Meeting:
Thursday, January 12 @ 7 p.m.
Planning Board Meetings are being held in person at the Municipal Building.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, January 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Environmental Commission Meetings are held virtually via Zoom.
See agenda for access information.

Senior Citizen Club Meetings:
Monday, January 16 @ 1 p.m.
Senior Citizen Club Meetings are held in person at the Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.

Sign up for CivicReady

Residents are encouraged to sign up for CivicReady alerts from Burlington County. Receive real-time alerts and notifications when you sign up. Learn more by visiting this link.

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