October Newsletter

Welcome to the October 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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Fall Festival
Saturday, October 8

Join the fun at the Annual Bordentown Township Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8 from noon - 4 p.m. at Joseph Lawrence Park. There will be entertainment and activities for the whole family including music performances, carnival games, food, crafters, hayrides and so much more! Mr. Ray will perform at 2 p.m. Learn more about this event by visiting this link.

Fall Festival

Municipal Offices Closure
Monday, October 10

Please be advised that Bordentown Township’s Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, October 10 for the Columbus Day holiday.

Municipal Offices Closure, Monday, October 10

Veterans Outreach Informational Session
Tuesday, October 18

The Bordentown Township Veterans Advisory Committee is hosting a Veterans Informational Session on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bordentown Township Senior Community Center located at 3 Municipal Drive. Ms. Evelyn Rosado, Division Head, Military and Veterans Services, Burlington County will lead this Informational Session. All veterans are welcome.

Veterans Outreach Informational Session

Voter Registration Ends on October 18

Make sure that you are registered to vote! The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 General Election is Tuesday, October 18. To register to vote online, click here.

COVID Boosters Available in Bordentown Township

COVID vaccines and boosters are available each Thursday in October 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 shorten the 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

Early In-person Voting Information

Early In-person voting starts Saturday, October 29 and runs through Sunday, November 6. Residents can vote at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Building, 295 Bordentown-Chesterfield Road (closest location). Learn more about early voting, here.

Participate in National Take Back
Initiative in Bordentown Township

On Thursday, October 29 the Bordentown Township Police Department will take part in the DEA’s National Take Back initiative, which encourages residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off expired and unused medications to avoid potential abuse. The Bordentown Township Police Department will accept any/all medications (excluding syringes) in the lobby of our Municipal Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

National Take Back

Apply for the Senior Freeze and Property Tax Relief

It's not too late to apply for the Senior Freeze Program! The program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their primary residence. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31. For more information and eligibility requirements visit this link.

Senior Freeze

Happy Halloween
Monday, October 31

Wishing a safe and spook-tacular Halloween to our Bordentown Township families, friends, and neighbors!

Happy Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips from
Bordentown Township Police Department

The Bordentown Township Police Department has released Halloween safety guidelines for Homeowners, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters for 2022:
Children should:

  • Only approach well-lit houses and always travel in small groups
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant
  • Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street
  • Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily
  • Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals
  • Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes

Parents and guardians should:

  • Supervise children under 12 years old
  • Establish a designated curfew for older children
  • Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground
  • Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags
  • Have children wear flashing reflector lights on belt loops or on bag handles, the blinking light provides a great added safety feature for trick-or-treaters
  • Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials

Homeowners should:

  • Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours
  • Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire
  • Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped
  • Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children

Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the Bordentown Township Police Department by calling 609-298-4300 OR 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Apply for Vote By Mail Ballot by Tuesday, November 1

If you would like to apply for a Vote By Mail ballot, you must do so by Tuesday, November 1 if mailing the application into the County. You can also hand deliver the Vote By Mail Application to the County Clerk at 50 Rancocas Road in Mount Holly by 3 p.m. the day before the election. Click here for the Vote by Mail Application form. If you would like to be removed from the Vote by Mail list, complete this letter and mail to the County Clerk.

If you have already requested a Vote By Mail Ballot, they have already been mailed. If you have not received yours, please contact the Township Clerk Maria Carrington at 609-298-2800 x2108 or email her at [email protected]. Once completed the Vote By Mail ballots can be mailed back to the County, dropped into a ballot box, or hand delivered to the County Clerk. There is a ballot box located at the Township Municipal Building at 1 Municipal Drive.

Veteran's Day Ceremony
Saturday, November 5

Bordentown Township will be celebrating and honoring service people of the community at the Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 5. The ceremony will be held at the Senior Community Center on 3 Municipal Drive.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Make plans to vote in person at your voting district if you are not voting by mail or early!

For additional information regarding party affiliations, election districts, voting locations and poll working opportunities, please visit Bordentown Township’s Elections webpage.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

10th Annual Bordentown Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, November 19

Register now for the 10th Annual Bordentown Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk which will take place on Saturday, November 19 at Joseph Lawrence Park. Learn more and register by visiting this link.

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Your Township Government Update

Joshua Pavlov was recently appointed and sworn in as a Lieutenant of Police. Lt. Pavlov has been with the Township police department since 2009 and previously served as a Patrolman, Detective and Detective Sergeant. Lt. Pavlov excels in criminal investigations and is a well-regarded investigator. We are excited to welcome him to the police department’s command staff. Congratulations Lieutenant Pavlov!

Lieutenant Pavlov

At the Township Committee meetings held in September, Mayor Benowitz proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day, in honor of the lives lost and affected by the terrorist attacks endured by our country. Kevin Hirschfeld was also recognized for his combined 20 years of service to the Bordentown Township Zoning Board and Planning Board. We thank him for his commitment to the Township and wish him the best.

In September, the Township Committee adopted the following ordinances:

  • Establishing a restricted parking spot in front of a handicapped resident’s home that lacks a driveway.
  • Extending the Police Department’s authority to enforce motor vehicle traffic on a business’s private property.
  • Updating the municipal code regarding police hiring requirements to be compliant with a recently changed state statute.
  • Accepting an easement for access to property on which a “Welcome to Bordentown Township” sign will be installed on Route 206.

Improvements to Northern Community Park will be starting soon. A contract was awarded to Gower’s Inc. who will be implementing the first phase which will include a new Little League field, the relocation of the dog park and refurbishing the existing tennis courts into six pickleball courts. Over at Joseph Lawrence Park, the Gutterson soccer fields will be overseeded and fertilized to improve the turf after the dry summer heat.

A new loader is being purchased for the Public Works Department. The loader will be of great use around the public works yard but will also help with snow removal in cul-de-sacs and other tricky areas.

The current solid waste trash collection contract expires at the end of 2022. The Township already went out to bid for the next three-year contract and is pleased to report the pricing of the new contract only reflected a relatively marginal increase in each year. The increase is much lower than what experts in the field are currently seeing. By purchasing and owning our own trash carts for collection and converting to automated collection, the Township stayed ahead of the curve! All trash collection zones and days will remain the same under the new contract to begin in 2023. There may be a slight change in the bulk pick up process. Keep following the Township on social media and read future newsletters for more information.

A non-binding referendum question will be on the November ballot polling the Bordentown Township residents regarding a 2-cent tax (per $100 of assessed value) dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of open space and recreation land. If assessed, the average homeowner would pay approximately $50 per year ($4 per month) toward the earmarked funds. Please vote so that your opinion is heard!

Plans continue for the new Municipal Complex. The Township plans to hire a Construction Manager to assist with the planning and to oversee the construction. The new complex will be built beside the current building at 1 Municipal Drive conveniently situated between Route 130 and Route 206.

Congratulations to Kara Parker on her appointment to the Environmental Commission as a student representative!


Your Township Community Development Update

In September, the Planning Board considered the amended preliminary and final site plan application of the Team Campus Phase II development which was approved with bulk variances and waivers.

The Planning Boards adopted a resolution recognizing former Vice-Chair Kevin Hirschfeld for his 20 years of service to the Township’s Planning and Zoning Boards.

Bordentown Township Mayor Steve Benowitz and local township officials gathered to welcome two new businesses in the Township with inaugural ribbon cutting ceremonies earlier in September.

The Reserve at Crosswicks, a 272 multi-family community, is located at 8000 Bowery Lane and caters to luxury lifestyles. For information on renting affordable units, click here.

The newly opened CVS is located at the corner of Farnsworth Avenue and Route 130 next to the refurbished McDonalds.

Ribbon Cutting

Open Volunteer Positions

Bordentown Township is actively seeking volunteers to serve on the Planning Board. To learn more and to complete the form click here.

Open Volunteer Positions

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

2019 ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program Update

New Jersey residents should have now received filing information mailers for the 2019 ANCHOR (Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters) property tax relief program. The ANCHOR program replaces the Homestead Benefit program and expands the amount of property tax relief. For more information, application access, filing instructions, and eligibility requirements, visit this link.

2019 ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program

Bordentown Township Police Department Presents
'Donuts with Seniors'

On September 29 Bordentown Township Officers visited the residents of Waterfront Village for a “Donuts with Seniors” event. This meet and greet was a great opportunity for the seniors to familiarize themselves with members of our department and foster good community relations.

Donuts with Seniors'

Annual Shredder Day Recap

Thank you to all our Bordentown City and Township residents that helped to participate in the recent Paper Shredding event on October 1. During this event, 3,125 pounds of paper were collected and shredded. We thank all the volunteers who made this event a success despite the rain and cold. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

Annual Shredder Day Recap

Upcoming October Meetings:

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

Township Committee Meetings:
Tuesday, October 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee Meetings are being held in person at the Municipal Building.
For agendas, please visit this link.

Planning Board Meetings:
Thursday, October 13 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 27 @ 7 p.m.
Planning board meetings are moving to in person starting this month. The meetings will be held at the Municipal Building.
For agendas, please visit this link.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, October 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Meetings are held virtually using the Zoom platform.
See agendas for access information.

Veterans Advisory Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, October 4 @ 7 p.m.

Senior Club Meetings:
Monday, October 3 @ 1 p.m.
Monday, October 17 @ 1 p.m.
Senior Meetings are held in person at the Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.

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