Thanks to decisive action by the borough’s board of commissioners, one local roadway will accommodate vehicles with handicapped drivers.
By approving an amendment to the existing municipal code guiding vehicles and traffic, at its March 23 public session, the governing body ensured that a stretch of Snowden Avenue will contain an extra space reserved for handicap-accessible parking.
The legislation allows the spot to be placed on the northerly curb of Snowden, 150 feet from its intersection at the Ellis Street circle and extending 25 feet. A significant portion of Snowden’s southerly curb carries the tell-tale yellow paint which prohibits parking.
First reading of the ordinance occurred at the commissioners’ previous public session on March 9, and the amendment is set to take effect immediately.
Commissioners also provided a bridge to fund the municipality until a formalized budget can be passed, by approving emergency temporary appropriations in the amount of $9,361,647.42.
“This is an annual exercise we go through because we have not finalized our budget. That will appropriate an amount for the next three months,” said Commissioner for Revenue and Finance Jeffrey Kasko.
Kasko reminded the public that the amount approved is not final and is not part of any new spending the borough has in mind ahead of final budget passage.
“Any changes in the actual annual budget will be in the introduced budget in the coming weeks,” he added.
In other news:
- The governing body issued four proclamations: one for National Library Week from April 4 to April 10, one for Lions Club Sight Awareness Month, one for Alcohol Awareness Month and a final one to proclaim April at Haddonfield Sculpture Month.
- Due to travel commitments, Mayor Neal Rochford did not attend the meeting.
- Commissioners Kasko and Colleen Bianco Bezich offered updates on a pair of issues closely followed by residents in recent months. Kasko said that Verizon plans to formally notify the borough that it will withdraw its application to place a cell tower close to Mountwell Park, while Bezich revealed that the plot of land for the Snowden affordable-housing project will be widened to more than one acre, and the subdivision plan will also be subject to review by the Historic Preservation Commission. Stay tuned to The Sun for more on these stories as they develop.