Mayor and Council
The Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently awarded Merchantville and Pennsauken $100,000 in grant funds for two trail projects. Pennsauken has been awarded $65,000 to extend the multi-use trail along Chestnut Avenue, from Euclid Avenue to the former 130 Railroad bridge, while Merchantville has been awarded $35,000 to realign the existing multi-use trail near Centre Street. Currently, users of the multi-use path are directed to ride their bicycle into the street. The trail realignment project will keep the trail off-road. The project is scheduled to coincide with County led Centre Street reconstruction work slated for this summer.
Help save a life by donating at The American Red Cross blood drive at Merchantville School, 130 S. Centre Street, on Tuesday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Red Cross encourages healthy, eligible people to donate blood and reminds us there is no evidence that shows coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transmission - no cases of respiratory viruses have ever been reported through blood transfusions. Further, the Red Cross has asked potential donors to postpone their donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea or diagnosis of COVID-19, contact with a person who has or is suspected to have the virus. Appointments can be made through this link.
Hot off the presses! On April 1st Mayor Brennan introduced The Borough Brief - a digital newsletter containing updates on Borough of Merchantville happenings. Please subscribe on the front page of the Borough's website. Articles in this first edition include conducting virtual Council meetings, how to track the spread of coronavirus across the state by county on the dashboard at NJ DOH, the re-opening of The Blue Monkey Tavern and some ideas on how you can support our businesses to keep our local economy going during this difficult time. Links are also provided to the coming virtual Council meeting, NJ 2-1-1 and Camden County Covid-19 updates.
The Freeholder Board and Congressman Donald Norcross will be hosting their second virtual town hall to address public concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Facebook Live. The event will begin at 3 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The town hall event will be streaming on Camden County’s Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view live videos, but will need an account in order to utilize Facebook’s live chat feature. Residents who do not have access to internet services will now also have the opportunity to dial-in to the event via telephone so they can listen live. Anyone interested in listening to the town hall live should dial (855) 962-1051 at 3 PM.
Residents are invited and encouraged to join live Thursday afternoon as our panel answers your questions and addresses the state of affairs in Camden County. If you can’t join us live, don’t worry, the stream will remain available on our page immediately after it concludes for future viewing. Participants will be responding to questions submitted via Facebook’s live chat function and a submission form available online. If you would like to submit a question, please complete the form at https://bit.ly/Covid19_
The Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs has canceled their Household Hazardous Waste collection event in Cherry Hill scheduled for Saturday (3/21) due to concerns over the Coronavirus. This event was originally scheduled at the Cherry Hill Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Boulevard, Cherry Hill from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Future hazardous waste events may be found here. If you have any questions please call 856-858-5241.
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. It counts Merchantville's population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. The Census 2020 NJ Coalition is a statewide outreach and awareness campaign to coordinate nonprofit and community-based efforts to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count for our state.
Network with local business owners, have lunch, meet and hear from Merchantville Borough Mayor Ted Brennan and Pennsauken Township Mayor Tim Killion on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization dedicated to fostering business growth in Pennsauken, Merchantville and the surrounding area. PMAC assists in developing, promoting and encouraging greater and more successful business and industrial activity in our towns. Membership is open to all businesses.
Borough Council held its annual Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020. Council-Elect Raymond H. Woods, lll, re-elected Councilman Anthony Perno and 2020 Council president, Sean Fitzgerald, were sworn in by Freeholder Louis Cappelli and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt. The meeting opened with remarks by Mayor Edward 'Ted' Brennan and the announcement Council Assignments and Standing Committees for 2020. Mayor Brennan also announced the 2020 Annual Appointments of Borough Board and Commission members and the appointment of Borough Solicitor, Borough Accountant, Borough Engineer, Municipal Planner, Bond Council, Payroll, Title, Environmental Engineer and Special Counsel. The Schedule of 2020 Borough Holidays was read into the record. All agenda and meeting minutes are available on the Municipal website.
Not only is your water meter used for your quarterly bill, but it can be used as a tool to detect leaks in the house. A common concern our customers have are when their water bill has raised in price. Your water bill is based on the amount of water that is used at the property within that 90-day period of billing. If there is an increased bill with no changes to your water usage, you could possibly have something wasting water within the property. You can also keep track of your water usage by reading your meter manually as the reading be close to what is portrayed on your meter. The MPWC recommends that you follow these steps to check for leaks at your property.
Mayor Ted Brennan, all of the members of the Borough Council, all Public Safety providers and municipal staff would like to wish you and yours a healthy, happy and safe New Year 2020. Our governing body is working to make the new decade even better than the last and we look forward to your idea sharing and participation. Please refer to the Borough website or Facebook Page for municipal information and contacts.