Mayor and Council

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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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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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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Census Deadline 9/30/20

Okay, all you procrastinators - IT'S TIME! The deadline for the 2020 Census is approaching and self-response rates are on par with the 2010 Census. For the first time, you can choose to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Respond today. Responding helps shape resources for children and your community over the next decade. Complete the Census today. It's vital for our community that everyone COUNTS and is COUNTED. Let's get to 100% of our households counted! As the U.S. Census Bureau stays on track to stop its head count on September 30th, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing Thursday to push for legislative action to extend the deadline, in light of the coronavirus crisis. Stay tuned.

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Annual Town Yard Sale Canceled

The Merchantville Public Events Committee has decided to cancel the borough's annual Town Wide Yard Sale this year due to Covid-19. This event ordinarily takes place on the 3rd Saturday in September and includes lots of homeowners eager to rid their attics, basements and garages of many treasures unearthed during spring cleaning. It's also a great opportunity to market our town usually drawing large crowds of yard sale junkies. As per the governor’s order for gatherings, the Public Events Committee chose not to draw large crowds to our area but, individual yard sales can still take place in town following the state's outdoor mask and distancing requirements. Per Merchantville Code, permits are not needed for any resident who holds fewer than three yard sales in a 12-month period of time. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any inquiries about this decision.

 

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Plan Your Vote

Mark your calendars and brush up on everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election. To register in New Jersey, you must be: a United States citizen, at least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18, a resident of the county for 30 days before the election, and a person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States. Registrants must complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county. The registration deadline to vote in the next election is 21 days prior to the election day - Tuesday, October 13th. There are 74 days left until Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3..

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Boro Offers Internship

The Borough of Merchantville is looking for a non-paid part-time community relations student intern, approximately 7-10 hours per week. Candidates should be seeking a degree in communications, digital studies, government relations, management information systems and e-commerce, marketing, public relations, or other related fields and, will and be eligible for course…
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