Willingboro Council Tackles Lead Hazard Inspections, Infrastructure Upgrades, and Public Concerns

The Willingboro Town Council addressed community matters including lead-based hazard inspections for rental properties, the purchase of safety equipment for the fire department, and the approval of a substantial grant for upgrading a local football field to a multi-sport turf facility. The meeting also saw discussions on various topics ranging from community events and public safety to infrastructure improvements and volunteerism. Residents engaged with council members on various concerns.

The council deliberated on compliance with New Jersey statute 52:27D-43, which mandates lead paint inspections for every single-family and multiple rental dwelling. This measure aims to protect residents from lead poisoning, a significant health hazard, especially to children. The inspections team, now certified in lead paint testing, is setting up criteria, fees, and penalties for inspections to ensure landlords adhere to safety standards. This effort was encapsulated in resolution number 2024-40.

Another safety initiative discussed was the acquisition of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for the fire department. With $310,500 allocated in the 2023 capital budget, the council emphasized the need for this equipment to protect firefighters in the line of duty. This purchase was authorized under resolution number 2024-40.

The council also approved a grant application, through resolution number 2024-10, to transform the existing football field into a multi-sport turf facility, representing an investment in local sports infrastructure and youth engagement.

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Financial management was on the agenda as well, with the authorization to cancel old outstanding checks to reconcile municipal accounts. The resolution number 2024-43 addressed this matter, involving the municipal court, current fund, and dog register accounts. The cancellation of these checks permits the return of balance amounts to the respective funds.

Public comments revealed the residents’ vested interest in their community. Concerns included demands for equal waste management services for townhouse residents, the acknowledgment of historical events, and inquiries about community development projects. The council responded to questions regarding the allocation for trash collection, confirming it would not affect service frequency for apartments and condominiums.

The meeting agenda also covered ordinances on lead-based hazard inspection requirements and outdoor placement regulations, along with appointments to various boards.

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Council members engaged with public issues, responding to concerns about recycling services, pothole repairs, and the decline in volunteerism. Township Manager Harris acknowledged these issues, pledging to address infrastructure needs and planning a volunteer fair to encourage community participation.

Councilwoman Rebecca Perrone and Deputy Mayor Anderson praised the police department’s contribution to local youth programs. Councilwoman Samantha Whitfield thanked residents for their input and encouraged participation in Black History Month events.

The council also assured attendees that efforts were underway to address the uploading of resolutions and agendas to the township’s website, an important step towards transparency and accessibility. Furthermore, the council addressed the importance of recruiting a new OEM coordinator and supporting volunteerism.

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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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