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Council Reorganization

The reorganization meeting of Merchantville Borough Council will be held via Zoom on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Some items on the agenda will include oath taking by Councilpersons Andrew McLoone and Sean Fitzgerald, the election of Council President for 2021, Council assignments and standing committees and, annual appointments for 2021. Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81454190084?pwd=Ty84b21VWTVndmpPdXArdlFCdXZWZz09. Meeting ID: 814 5419 0084 Passcode: 728621. One tap mobile +19294362866

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Winter Storm Advisory

The Borough of Merchantville continues to monitor the forecast for our first winter storm this season. In anticipation, we want to remind the residents of a few ways they can assist us in ensuring the roads are safe and passable. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. The Borough reminds residents to park all vehicles off the street and in driveways, to help plows navigate safely and efficiently. Where driveways are not available, we ask residents to please limit parking to one side of the street. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, please stay home and off the road for the duration of the storm. Limiting travel during and immediately after snowfall allows plow crews and emergency personnel to do their job safely, and greatly reduces the potential for accidents.
 
Here are some helpful hints to make snow removal less frustrating:
· Remove portable basketball nets from the street in front of your house.
· Do not park cars on the street from one hour after the snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after the snow has stopped. This speeds the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.
· If possible, wait until the Borough plows have made a few passes on your street before cleaning your driveway.
· Do NOT shovel or blow snow into the street. Snow blowers should be adjusted so they blow snow toward your house.
· To ensure the safety of pedestrians, residents are reminded they must remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours after completion of a snow fall
 
The end of the snowfall doesn’t mean the end of our work. Public Works employees will be working continuously to provide the best possible service to residents, and to ensure roads are cleared as quickly and safely as possible. Thank you for your help during this storm!
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Centre St. Improvements

CME Associates is holding a zoom meeting on Thursday, December 17th, at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the final set of plans for crosswalk improvements to Centre Street within Pennsauken and Merchantville. The plans have been completed and the project is anticipated for public bid the beginning of the new year. To join the Zoom Meeting please use this ID: 930 2712 5032, click on this link:  https://zoom.us/j/93027125032 or dial into this number: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York).

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Light the Night

Here ye, here ye! "Light The Night" will go live on the sidewalks of Merchantville on Thursday, December 24th, at 7:00 p.m. This is a night when we can all come together as a community in unity, love, and light during these difficult times. On this evening, residents will line their curbs with luminaras - brown paper luminary bags - setting the streets of Merchantville alight at seven o'clock in support of our fellow neighbors, in memory of those lost during this pandemic and in tribute those family members we cannot be with during the holidays. Resident John Reeve circulated this idea on social media about two weeks ago and it's quickly gained momentum. ,He's put an instructional "how to" video together to assist everyone in making their luminarias and, answer your questions on the event Facebook page. If you're curious about how many luminaria bags you can make with a 50 pound bag of sand the answer is 70 - using one cup of sand in each. To determine how many brown lunch bags and votives to get, please remember that luminaria" should be spaced 3 feet apart so, if your property is 60 feet wide, want to buy and make 20 luminaria. Get in the spirit on December 24th!
 
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MPWC Rate Hearing

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission will hold a Public Hearing to accept testimony or public comment on the below proposed increase in Connection Fees and/or General Rates for water and penalties charged by the MPWC. The hearing will commence at 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 immediately prior to the regular monthly business meeting of the Commission. The hearing and meeting will be held via zoom conference and also at the Administrative Headquarters of the MPWC located at 6751 Westfield Avenue, Pennsauken, NJ, 08110.  Both the hearing and meeting will be attended by the Commissioners and MPWC staff via video conference. The public is invited to testify or comment in advance in writing, or during the meeting either by zoom video conference or by appearing in person at the Commission meeting room also via zoom conference.  Anyone seeking to send comments in writing may do so by addressing those comments to Karl McConnell, General Counsel, at the Commission office or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Such comments must be received at Commission office prior to 12:00 pm on the hearing date.

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Get a Flu Shot

The Merchantville Health Department strongly encourages everyone to get a flu shot. The CDC, Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, and the NJ Department of Health recommends everyone six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year with the best time to get vaccinated in the early fall. Since COVID -19 will likely be circulating during this year's flu season, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however the vaccine can reduce flu illnesses and hospitalizations, helping to minimize the stress on the healthcare system as these two illnesses circulate. Getting a yearly flu vaccine helps protect you and those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as infants and young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Camden County is currently providing drive thru flu shots throughout the county. Please check the dates and locations here.

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Community Calendar

Merchantville's Public Events Committee fosters a sense of community through various family events and is creating a 2021 Community Calendar. This fun and project is being lead by Emily Sutin and she's asking all residents to submit their best Merchantville photos for this publication. Please submit two (2) well-focused, 300dpi photographs of scenery, landscapes or architecture by Thursday, November 5th, in order to be considered. No photos including people will be accepted. Photo credit will be attributed on the calendar. Please read and follow all details here.

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A Message for Monsterville

Mayor Dracula of Monsterville shared a video announcement from the Borough of Monsterville about plans for a modified 2020 Monsterville schedule of events. Monsterville is strongly discouraging TRICK-OR-TREATING as recommended by the CDC but, residents who choose to enjoy that activity will be permitted to between 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. The Haunts of Monsterville - a decorating competition for businesses and residences - will go on as always with online voting taking place between October 23rd-25th. Stay tuned for a list of participating haunts! 8th Grade students from Merchantville School will host a Monsterville Haunted Circus Parade through the streets of Monsterville starting at 5:30pm on Saturday, October 24th. This will take the place of their annual Haunted House and support fundraising for their graduation in June. And, have you been BOOed? Keep an eye out on your front porch!

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Snow Removal Quotes Sought

The Borough of Merchantville is soliciting quotes for Sidewalk Snow Removal Services. Quote requirements may be requested at the Borough Clerk’s office between 8:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1 W. Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109 or via email request to Denise Brouse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The intent of this request for quotes is to obtain prices for snow removal of the designated roads and walkways in the Borough of Merchantville. Quotes are due no later than Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The Borough of Merchantville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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"Monsterville" 2020

What do you do if you're a tiny borough with tons of Halloween spirit and a pesky pandemic? Well, if you're Merchantville, New Jersey, you rise to the challenge and up your game because "Monsterville" 2020 is about to begin and - as the ringmaster says - "The show must go on!" Throughout the month October, the entire town will feature a series of Halloween themed activities and events designed to showcase its spooky spirit. This year gives us an opportunity to think outside the box and let New Jersey know "we own this"! Order your "officially ghoulish tee" before October 8th through Community Sports and keep an eye out for the "Haunts of Merchantville", "You've Been Booed" and lots of fun outside events!

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Parking Permits Reinstated

Borough enforcement of parking permits will resume on October 1, 2020. Parking on the streets and highways of Merchantville is prohibited between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am, 7 days a week without a parking permit. Parking permits can be obtained from police headquarters, M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Parking Permit Application. Residents needing to call a vehicle in for overnight parking now have two options. You can use our new e-mail option by sending a description of your vehicle, including tag number, the location and your phone number to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the overnight phone system if you wish, by calling 856-662-2474, extension 316. If they will be staying more than one night you have to call the vehicle in every night of their stay. If you have any difficulty using either system, please contact the police department using our 24-hour non-emergency number, 856-662-0500 and ask to speak to an officer. 

 

 

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