Willingboro Council Advances Infrastructure and Community Projects

In a recent meeting, the Willingboro Town Council addressed multiple initiatives, including infrastructure improvements, community events, and the reestablishment of a veteran service officer position. The Council awarded a contract for the repaving of 12 township roads and approved the final closeout for the Buckingham Drive covert repairs. Additionally, much discussion focused on the proposal to reintegrate a veteran service officer into the township’s structure and the ongoing reorganization of municipal departments.

A major point of interest was the approval of a contract with Earl Asphalt Company for the repaving of 12 roads. This decision is part of a broader initiative to improve local infrastructure, with funding sourced through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJ I-Bank). The Council also finalized the Penny Packer Drive Phase 2 pavement project, accepting a maintenance bond from Think Pavers in the amount of $2,025.

Further emphasizing the commitment to local development, the Council passed a resolution authorizing the township to award a construction service contract for improvements to Millcreek Park. These upgrades are expected to enhance the recreational facilities and aesthetics of the park, contributing to Willingboro’s community spaces.

The meeting also highlighted the Council’s focus on community engagement and safety. Discussions took place around the establishment of the Citizens Fire Academy, the organization of annual Easter egg events, and the provision of free CPR and AED classes to residents. These initiatives underscore the Council’s dedication to fostering a sense of community and prioritizing the welfare of its citizens.

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Another area of discussion was the reestablishment of the veteran service officer, a role critical to supporting the local veteran community. The Council agreed to explore how this position would be incorporated into the broader reorganization of municipal departments.

Property maintenance and municipal charges were also on the agenda, with the Council approving a resolution to place charges on certain properties that failed to address Property Maintenance violations. This measure serves to maintain the township’s standards and hold property owners accountable.

The meeting included the approval of resolutions that established not to exceed amounts for professional services for the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. This action provides a framework for the fiscal management of the township’s legal and engineering services related to planning and zoning matters.

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In the realm of business and entertainment, the Council awarded a liquor license to RMT Holdings LLC, operating as 1911 Smokehouse in Willingboro Township. This decision is likely to contribute to the local economy and the township’s vibrancy.

Residents participated during the public comment segment, with one individual emphasizing the importance of veteran housing initiatives and another raising concerns about accessibility to meeting participation. The Council was urged to publish the Zoom login for public access to ensure broader community involvement. Additionally, a resident expressed the need for improved lighting and road safety at a specific intersection, which the Council acknowledged and assured they were addressing.

The meeting also touched on the JFK Center, where proposed upgrades including track and field and pickleball courts were discussed. The importance of meeting the necessary specifications for hosting official athletics meets was stressed.

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The Council also encouraged community involvement in upcoming events, such as a community cleanup and volunteer fair, and acknowledged the establishment of an ethics board, highlighting the need for applicants to fill vacant positions.

As the meeting concluded, the Council moved into an executive session to discuss matters related to personnel and contracts.

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:
Kaya McIntosh
City Council Officials:
Nathaniel Anderson, Rebecca Perrone, Samantha Whitfield, Dr. Tiffani A. Worthy

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