The Board of Commissioners kicked off its Jan. 24 meeting with Police Chief Jason Cutler reporting that the annual Toys for Tots campaign in December yielded five truckloads of toys, the town’s biggest donation yet.
There were so many toys that some were donated to the Camden County Women’s Shelter. Cutler also noted that there was only one motor-vehicle theft in the past month, a decrease from last month’s multiple reports.
During committee reports, Greg Ley from Public Works reported that the department finished leaf collections in four rounds instead of the anticipated three, due to the leaves falling later. Public Works has also been working with PSE&G and the Haddonfield police to replace more than 100 street lights.
Ley said the team has replaced 142 potholes since the holidays and there will be more cutting down of dead trees in the future. Plans are also in the works to clean up the landscaping at Lullworth Hall over two weeks.
Engineer Doug Johnson from Remington and Vernick provided a list of updates for ongoing and completed projects. This year’s road improvement program will improve the following roadways:
- Veterans Lane, from Euclid Avenue to Redman Avenue
- Snowden Avenue, from Haddon Avenue to terminus
- Evans Avenue, from Jefferson Avenue to West Summit Avenue
- Lansdowne Avenue, from Kings Highway West to Euclid Avenue
- Marne Avenue, from Maple Avenue to Haddon Avenue
- Linden Avenue, from Kings Highway West to Euclid Avenue
- Peyton Avenue, from Mt. Vernon Avenue to Elm Avenue
- Longwood Drive, from Longwood Circle to bulb
- Estaugh Avenue, from Redman Avenue to Mt. Vernon Avenue
- Colonial Ridge Drive, from Greenmount Road to West Atlantic Avenue
Engineers will design construction plans for the roads and evaluate trees with the Shade Tree Commission prior to any roadwork. Commissioner Frank Troy noted that the borough will send letters to explain the Pulverize, Stabilize and Overlay (PSO) process to residents affected by construction earlier this year.
Troy encouraged residents with concerns about the tree-removal process to reach out by the end of the first week of February.
In other news:
- The borough proclaimed Jan. 28 to be the 125th anniversary of the Haddonfield Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The local chapter was founded in 1897.
- Zoning board meetings will start at 7 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m.
- The commissioners approved the submission of a grant application for the Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) where Haddonfield, Barrington and Haddon Heights will work together to study, develop and implement new shared- service initiatives.
- Commissioners approved a resolution allowing for revisions to be made to the Affordable Housing Development Agreement with Community Investment Strategies. No revisions have been made, but the move allows for amendments to be considered.
- The borough is accepting requests by redevelopers interested in purchasing Lullworth Hall and preserving the historic property until 4 p.m. on March 24.
- Haddonfield will replace old parking meters with new ones over the course of this year. The new meters will be accessible via phone and text.
The board of commissioners will next meet virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 7 p.m.