Delanco Council Addresses Tree Planting Concerns and Parking Issues

In a recent Delanco Town Council meeting, residents and council members engaged in discussions on a range of community concerns, including the township’s tree planting initiative, parking ordinance clarifications, and the potential impact of a local facility’s expansion. The meeting addressed significant infrastructure projects, such as street sweeping, sewer relining, and preparations for the Memorial Day parade and park plans.

One of the primary topics that garnered attention was the letter from Delanco Township regarding the planting of trees between curbs and sidewalks. Resident Ray Weber raised concerns about the implications for homeowners, who would be responsible for any damage to curbs or sidewalks caused by the trees. Weber highlighted the potential for tree roots to lift streets and damage storm sewers. The type of pipes used for storm sewers, such as concrete and PVC, was also discussed. Weber was advised to document his concerns with photographs and to bring them to the Shade Tree Commission for further discussion.

Parking issues were also a point of contention. A resident, known as BR, sought clarification on the parking code, particularly regarding off-street parking for oversized vehicles. The clarity and consistency of letters received from the township were questioned, along with the rules about parking commercial vehicles on residential properties. The need for amendments to the parking code and clearer communication regarding parking regulations was discussed. The resident was advised to consult the code enforcement officer and township attorney and to leave contact information for follow-up.

The council considered various infrastructure and community issues. The introduction of the 2024 budget was noted, along with a shared service agreement with the city of Beverly to cover part of the cost for a new street sweeper. Correspondence from Senator Singleton’s office was mentioned, soliciting project ideas for special funding, particularly for school projects. Frustration was expressed regarding the state’s allocation of funds to schools.

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Lieutenant Warren provided updates on police activities, including cases, motor vehicle violations, and service calls. Public announcements included reminders of upcoming community events such as yard sales, shredding, and cleanup days. The Township committee reports covered sports registrations, library events, and Sewer Authority projects. A resignation from the library board was noted, and discussions covered topics from the Burlington County Planning Board to small business association grants.

The decision to revisit the street park and the Memorial Day parade was discussed, with a suggestion to start the parade at West Avenue to accommodate more entities. Traffic issues at the Jug Handle were highlighted, with the recent striping of the lanes described as worsening congestion. Concerns regarding the expansion of a local facility were raised, citing potential noise and increased truck traffic. The installation of a new Wi-Fi system, the progress of the sewer relining project, and the request for a quote for a topography study of the baseball field to address flooding were among the ongoing projects discussed.

The Public Works Subcommittee meeting focused on departmental processes and planning. Communication efforts with local representatives regarding state aid cuts were highlighted. Discussions about park plans and recreational activities were also part of the interactions with residents reported during the meeting.

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The council addressed various proposals and resolutions. A proposal to conduct a topographical survey and its associated costs sparked debate, and a motion to authorize a prescribed burn on Hawke Island was discussed. The consent agenda included the introduction of the 2024 Municipal budget and first reading of an ordinance governing rental properties. Correspondence from the tax collector and public safety concerns about the closure of a bridge without proper signage were also mentioned. Lastly, the upcoming solar eclipse was discussed, with the need to inform the public about the risks of direct viewing.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Matt Bartlett
City Council Officials:
Carolyn Suess, Kate Fitzpatrick, Fern Ouellette, Michael L. Templeton

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