Mayor Colleen Bianco Bezich has announced that the next board of commissioners meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, will be a hybrid session that residents can join in person or virtually.
The commissioner meetings for now will remain hybrid and be recorded and posted to the Haddonfield YouTube channel.
“I will be super strict with the five minutes (rule) going forward, and we will also make residents who are able to stand come up to the podium, so those who are watching over Zoom don’t hear a mumbled (response),” the mayor explained. “We need them to better state their name for the record, and we’ll do the same thing over Zoom.”
Planning and zoning-board meetings are expected to remain in person until at least 2024, due to the many presentations typical at those sessions. And while the commissioners’ session coincides with Yom Kippur, its start time is after sundown.
The commissioners also announced the upcoming dedication of a newly installed Haddonfield militiaman from the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST) in front of Indian King Tavern on Kings Highway.
The event will take place at noon on Thursday, Sept. 28. Attendees can meet the classically trained militiaman sculptor Brian Hanlon and get acquainted with Haddonfield’s latest installation. There will also be a Revolutionary War reenactor on hand.
At their late August meeting, the commissioners passed a proclamation recognizing September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Sept. 15 as Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day.
They also passed on second reading a resolution authorizing creation of a senior-citizen Priority Parking Program for residents 60 and older so they can get an annual parking permit that allows them to use their vehicles at metered parking spots, as opposed to paying each time with the Premium Parking app.
The resolution notes that the program will begin Jan. 1.
“Seniors raised real concerns about parking, and we listened,” said Bianco Bezich. “Although we made parking more convenient for the majority of residents, we unintentionally created barriers for others.
“I’m excited to develop the parking pass for residents over age 60,” she added. “This will make dining, shopping, and attending appointments in our downtown much less stressful.”
More information on the easiest way to pay and apply for the senior passes will become available in the coming weeks on the Haddonfield Happenings App and Borough of Haddonfield social media pages.
The Sept. 25 commissioners meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., with access via Zoom.