Delanco Council Approves Tree Root Cutting Amid Concerns

The Delanco Town Council recently addressed a range of issues from tree preservation to infrastructure improvements, with the most debate centering around the approval of a property owner’s request to cut the roots of a tree on Union Avenue.

The main issue involved a tree whose roots were growing into a resident’s yard, raising concerns about possible damage to the property’s foundation and walkway. The council discussed the findings of the tree expert, who declared the tree healthy and beneficial to the community. However, the debate intensified as members considered whether cutting the roots would affect the tree’s stability and health. The discussion also included the jurisdiction of the council over root issues and the measures that could be taken to address the property owner’s concerns without compromising the tree.

In addition to the tree root issue, the council tackled plans for a new seawall and sidewalk construction aimed at enhancing coastal resilience. The project, estimated to cost around $800,000 for installation alone, sparked debate on several fronts, including the necessity of a fence for insurance purposes, the aesthetic value of the seawall, and the inclusion of palm trees in the design. The council stressed the importance of ensuring adequate funding for the project, taking into account potential unforeseen expenses. With bids expected by May 1st and construction slated to start on July 1st, members also discussed the project’s timeline and the need to address drainage issues at the Zerg Mansion during the construction phase.

The meeting also featured updates on several other local government activities. The police department reported on their year-end reports, the anticipation of a high turnout for the upcoming police applicant orientation, and the organization of a “coffee with a cop” event. The department also highlighted the acquisition of promotional materials to enhance community engagement.

Further updates were provided by the township administrator, who spoke on budget sessions, trash collection contracts, and the progress of a shared service agreement with another municipality. Discussions on infrastructure included the progress of construction projects, patching potholes, reshaping ball fields, setting up new signs, and addressing storm drain issues.

Council members reported on their active involvement with the community, attending events such as a library event, a fireman’s banquet, and meetings addressing local concerns like dirt bike disturbances along the riverfront. The importance of reporting such incidents directly to the authorities, instead of on social media, was emphasized by the police chief.

In terms of community initiatives, the council celebrated the Women’s Club’s sponsorship of a school program and discussed the purchase of a new ladder truck by the fire company. The council also mentioned collaboration with the New Jersey forest fire service for a controlled burn at Haulk Island.

Flooding issues, particularly road closures on North Pavilion Avenue due to flooding, were addressed, with the council expressing frustration over the lack of effective responses to their concerns. The possibility of installing a one-way valve on the outflow pipe in Riverside was discussed, but opinions differed on the feasibility of this engineering solution. The council’s engagement with Senator Singleton to propose solutions for the flooding was also mentioned.

The mayor reported on a variety of issues, including municipal staffing, technology updates, school funding, and the receipt of a grant for field lighting at the Field of Dreams Park. A discussion ensued about the utilization and cost-effectiveness of the field lighting project, with the council ultimately approving the resolution for its installation.

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

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