October 2023 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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Bulk Waste Collection – Call in for Pick Up by Thursday!

Residents must schedule a bulk waste collection to ensure pick-up. Call 609-291-2133 or send an email to [email protected] with your address and the types of items to be collected. Please schedule pick up by 3 p.m. the Thursday before. Bulk 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).

Can’t remember your zone?
If you know your regular trash collection day, then you know your zone!

Zone 1 has Tuesday trash pick-up.
Zone 2 has Wednesday trash pick-up.
Zone 3 has Thursday trash pick-up.

Bulk Waste collection Update


Bordentown Township Public Works Calendar

The Bordentown Township Department of Public works recently released a complete operations schedule for the month of October. View the calendar online by visiting this link.

Public Works Calendar


Leaf Collection

Leaf collection will begin on Monday, November 6 and runs through Friday, December 29. Do not place leaf piles within 10 feet of storm drains, and do not put leaves in bags or other containers. Please leave enough room between leaf piles, cars, or other objects so that collection trucks can reach. Please do not include sticks, ornamental, pumpkins, corn stalks or hay bales in collection piles. Leaf collection will run daily through the end of December (weather permitting). Collections will start in one end of town and work its way through to the end and start over.


Township Office Holiday Closure Monday, October 9

Bordentown Township Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, October 9. The Township Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10 rather than its normal 2nd Monday of the month.

Holiday Closure


Bordentown Township Fall Festival Saturday, October 14

Join the fun at the Annual Bordentown Township Fall Festival on
Saturday, October 14 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!

Fall Festival


Music in the Park
Wednesday, October 25

Bordentown Township is proud to announce Music in the Park! Join us on Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. and enjoy live music by the cover band The Polish Nannies under the pavilion at Joseph Lawrence Park! Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy the show! 

Music in the Park


Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement)
Deadline is October 31, 2023.

The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases on their main home. Eligible households have until October 31, 2023, to file for Senior Freeze. To qualify, residents must meet all the eligibility requirements for each year from the base year through the application year. Visit this link for additional details.

Senior Freeze


Safety Tips for Halloween from
Bordentown Twp Police Department

As Halloween approaches, the Bordentown Township Police Department reminds families of important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.

“On behalf of the entire Bordentown Township Police Department, we want to make sure our residents have a safe and happy Halloween,” said Acting Chief of Police Nathan Roohr. “We ask that trick-or-treaters and their families follow these safety guidelines to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable night.”
Children should:

  • Only approach well-lit houses and always travel in small groups.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant.
  • Use flashlights or glow sticks 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.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • 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.
  • Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars and be especially careful around driveways and alleys.
  • Have children wear flashing reflector lights on belt loops or on bag handles, the blinking lights provide 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.

Drivers should:

  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Slowdown in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

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.

Safety Tips for Halloween


Save the Date!
Bordentown Turkey Trot

The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions is hosting the 11th Annual Bordentown Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 18 at 323 Ward Avenue in Bordentown. Learn more about this year’s race and register by visiting this link.

Bordentown Turkey Trot


Your Township Government Update

Congratulations and best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement to Police Chief Pesce! Captain Nathan Roohr has been appointed as Acting Police Chief beginning this month!

The Township welcomes Amy Sauls as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Nick Canizares as Deputy Tax Assessor.

Davinder Singh has received a mayoral appointment to be a full member of the Planning Board. He replaces Erica Bowyer who recently resigned. The Township thanks Erica and congratulates Davinder!

The Township has entered into a shared services agreement with the City of Bordentown to provide the City with construction inspections and permitting services.

The paving of Groveville Road from Route 206 to the entrance of Northern Community Park will soon be completed. 

In September, Mayor Benowitz proclaimed September 11 as Patriot’s Day in honor of all those lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks and those who have suffered the ramifications. The month of October has been recognized as Cancer Awareness Month.

Updates


Your Township Community Development Updates

The Planning Board adopted an amendment to the Township Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). Adoption of the OSRP not only serves as the framework for planning open space and recreational facilities within the Township, but also allows the Township to be eligible for grant funding and reimbursements for prior open space acquisitions. The Board also approved an application for the operation of a beauty salon at 231 Crosswicks Road made by Vanity Suite Salon. Mark Remsa, AICP, PP presented a non-condemnation Area in Need of Redevelopment study for Block 123.01 Lot 3, and the Board found that the site met the statutory requirements for being designated as a (non-condemnation) Area in Need of Redevelopment as prescribed in the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (NJSA 40A:12A-1 et seq.). The recommendation will now be forward to the Township Committee for action.

The next meeting of the Planning Board is scheduled for October 12 where the Board is expecting to hear a sign variance application for Sherwin Williams located at 115 US 130 North and a minor subdivision application located at 15/17 Roosevelt Ave.

Remaining Planning Board Meetings for 2023: October 12, October 26, November 16, and December 14.

Interested in Voting by Mail?
Get all the details on voting by mail – whether you’re considering voting by mail or just want to learn more about this easy-to-use option. Voting by mail is an option available to all registered voters in New Jersey. To cast your vote by mail in the upcoming election and future elections, you must first apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by following the instructions at Vote.NJ.gov or by contacting the Burlington County Clerk.
Once you receive your Vote-By-Mail ballot, vote, sign, seal and return your ballot by mail or use the secure drop box at the Bordentown Township Municipal Building.

Paw Prints Fest

Some quick links for your convenience:

Get printable flyers on a variety of voting topics here – translations too.


EARLY IN PERSON VOTING IS AVAILABLE!

Early in person voting for the 2023 General Election will be held from Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, November 5. You can vote early at any of the 7 designated locations in Burlington County in Chesterfield Township, Evesham Township, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Pemberton Township, Tabernacle Township or Willingboro Township. For the addresses, click here. Early Voting Polls are open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM. If you would like to vote early in person, make sure you are not signed up for Vote By Mail. If you would like to be REMOVED from the Vote by Mail list, complete this letter and mail it the County Clerk.  

Election Day
Vote in person on Tuesday, Election Day, November 7. Click here for a map of the Township’s Voting Districts. If you need further information, call the Township Clerk’s office at 609-298-2800 x8.

VOTE


Anchor Property Tax Relief

News about Property Tax Relief! The State may have sent you an “ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter” notifying you that you meet the requirements for the ANCHOR Property Relief Program. If the information in that letter remains the same, no action is necessary. If, however, your information has changed, you should have made changes by September 30. 

If you did not receive an “ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter,” but meet the requirements based on 2020 residency, you may still apply! Check out the State’s Website! You must file by December 30, 2023.

The ANCHOR (Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters) property tax relief program replaced the Homestead Benefit program and expanded eligibility to twice as many homeowners and includes tenants.
Check the status of your application here: https://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_Saver/jsp/common/HRInquiry.jsp

For more information, visit: https://nj.gov/treasury/taxation/anchor/index.shtml or call the ANCHOR hotline at 1-888-238-1233.

Bordentown Township Zoning and Code Enforcement presents
10 Steps to properly display your address in an emergency:

10 Steps to properly display your address in an emergency

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Bordentown Township Water Meter Replacement Reminder

All individual water meters inside every home and commercial building in Bordentown City and Township will be upgraded using state funds, at no cost to the customer.

Over the coming weeks, residents will receive letters from the contractor – Lenegan Plumbing & Heating LLC – containing detailed instructions on how to schedule your appointment for replacement of the water meter. Prior to scheduling your appointment, please make sure your water meter is accessible and that the isolation valve (turn off valve at meter) is operational.

To schedule your appointment, call 1(855) 892-3830 or visit www.ocnjplumber.com.

For more information, please contact the Bordentown City Water Department: https://cityofbordentown.com/water-department/.

Water Meter Replacement Reminder


Donate to Bordentown's Post-Halloween Pumpkin Drive

Give your pumpkins a second life at a local farm during Bordentown Township’s Post-Halloween Pumpkin Drive! Remove all decorations from your pumpkins and drop them off at the Bordentown Township Public Works Building (located at 266 Crosswicks Road) or at 209 Crosswicks Avenue in Bordentown City next to Gilder Field. This service is available for both Bordentown Township and City residents and takes place from  Wednesday, November 1 through ThursdayNovember 30.

Water Meter Replacement Reminder


Veterans 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 Veterans 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 State and County Medal Application


Veterans Advisory Committee
Offers 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 Veterans Advisory Committee is happy to help through their email address! Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Veteran Advisory Committee Offers 
NEW Email Address to Assist Veterans


Upcoming October 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:
Tuesday, October 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee meetings are held at the Municipal Building,
1 Municipal Drive.

Planning Board Meetings:
Thursday, October 12 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 @ 7 p.m.
Planning Board Meetings are held at the Municipal Building,
1 Municipal Drive.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, October 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Environmental Commission Meetings are being held virtually via Zoom.
See
agendafor access link.

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


Nixle

Do you want to stay informed and receive alerts about relevant public safety information from Township Police? Text your zip code to 88877 to opt-in to our Nixle emergency messaging system.

Nixle


Civic Ready

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.

Civic Ready


Recycle Coach

Download the Recycle Coach App to learn how to recycle correctly! Download the app by visiting this link.

Recycle Coach


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