Mayor and Council
Good morning everyone! It's that time of year again, where the MPWC will be conducting our biannual fire hydrant flushing from April 7th to the 11th and April 14th to the 18th from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. If you'd like to know where we will be flushing each night or have any general questions regarding the flushing please take a moment to like the MPWC Facebook page for information and flushing schedules posted daily at noon.
Hampton Road will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC between Chapel Ave and Cuthbert Blvd for redevelopment work, starting Monday morning 04/01/19 continuing 24 hours per day through mid-June. Access will be available to Cioffi's Towing from Chapel Ave. Access to the NJMVS Inspection Station and Courier-Post offices will be available from Cuthbert Blvd. Detours will be posted- please use Rt 38, Cuthbert Blvd, and Chapel Ave to navigate around this long-term closure.
The Merchantville Police Department will be cracking down on distracted driving during the month of April as part of New Jersey’s UDRive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Running April 1 – April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text-messages while driving. In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing factor in 53 percent of the state’s crashes in 2016. Driver inattention was in fact listed as a contributing factor in crashes at a rate nine times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor (speed). Because of this, New Jersey was one of only four states nationally to receive dedicated federal grant funding to combat distracted driving. The UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign is being held in April, which the National Safety Council has designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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On January 14th at the first Borough Council meeting of 2019, Marie Hanna and Rita Lammey were presented with proclamations by Mayor Brennan for their many years of dedicated service to the Borough on the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The commission meets on to review and recommend certain activities in the B1 and B2 Zoning Districts on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor in Borough Hall, located at 1 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109.
Last evening, Mayor Ted Brennan introduced the borough's vision for the blighted triangular plot behind the old bank building, between Park and East Chestnut, and a mixed use concept proposal by Viking Group and architect/planners from Barton Partners that would help the borough activate the hub of its commercial district. The well-received presentation was attend by about 80-90 residents and business owners. If Borough Council and Viking come to agreement on a plan, they would be designated as the redeveloper, then the proposal would be subject to review by state and local boards. Meetings on the progress of this proposed project will be publicized and are open to the public. http://www.njpen.com/merchantville-residents-get-first-look-at-proposed-88-unit-downtown-redevelopment/
A developer on Monday will unveil a plan for new stores and housing downtown with a goal of bringing more people to live and shop there.Mayor Edward "Ted" Brennan said Viking is proposing a pair of three-story apartment buildings, more retail and more pedestrian paths on a 2-acre triangular piece of land between Centre Street, East Park Avenue and Chestnut Avenue. Viking Group's preliminary proposal, costing up to $19 million, would redevelop what is now mostly a vacant parking lot bordered by a closed bank, other businesses, a coffee shop, and a trail for walking and biking. It will present the plan at the Borough Council meeting Monday night. https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/2018/09/14/merchantville-downtown-redevelopment-plan-viking-associates/1285470002/
BORO - LOCAL NEWS -- Sean Fitzgerald, center, was sworn in this evening (5/14) by Mayor Ted Brennan, left, as a member of the Merchantville Borough Council. He fills the seat left vacant by the resignation of Katherine Erhard Swann. With him are his children Scarlett and Lucy and his wife Kristen. In other business, the Council approved a 2018 municipal budget of $4.75 million. "This is the best budget we can deliver without compromising services," said Councilman Anthony Perno, ways and means chairman.