Our Council Reports from tonight's (2/8) Pitman Borough Council Meeting are below. As always, please feel free to reach out at any time with questions or concerns:
Paul Blass firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Rudley email@example.com
Matthew Weng firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa E. James email@example.com
Adam Mazzola firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Report February 8, 2021
Council President Paul Blass
Sustainable Pitman met via Zoom on January 28th. The Committee once again chose Jimmy Aspras as their chairman. The Committee discussed options on maintaining its bronze certification this year. It also discussed options for grant applications.
I must wholeheartedly thank the Public Works Department for their dedication during our two recent snowstorms, both of which hit on a weekend. The crews spent 146 hours getting the town back in shape after the storms, which included plowing streets, clearing Borough lots, and Borough sidewalks. It also involved putting sand and salt in troublesome areas.
Solid Waste Collection for the month of January totaled 294.69 tons and cost the Borough $22,685.12. 82.93 tons of Single Stream of Recycling was collected and cost the Borough $5,833.75. We sent 2.4 tons of metal to Sims Metal and received $510.15.
Since our last meeting, the Highway Department ….
Collected 10 Loads of trash (89.82 tons)
Collected 8 Loads of recyclables (32.21 tons)
Collected 29 Yards of brush
Collected three Truckloads of bulk trash
Repaired or replaced street signs in town.
Spent three hours patching and repairing potholes and sink holes.
Spent two hours grinding leaves and brush for mulch.
Delivered one new trash cans to residences and three recycle cans.
The Water and Sewer Department…
Performed 25 water and sewer mark outs requests.
Plunged out six sewer stoppages.
Performed routine well work, (painting, cleaning, etc.)
Took Water samples.
Read six meters for settlement.
Replaced one meter bodies.
Opened water tower for AT&T.
Did four data logger reports (both daily and hourly) from the flow report, ahead of billing.
Repaired damaged fire hydrant at Cedar and Cleveland Avenues
There have been a rash of water main breaks: Montgomery-Kenton-Colonial Avenues; Hudson & Elm; Franklin-Pitman-Wayne Avenues; Wildwood Ave.
Service leaks on Albert Ave and Boundary Road.
Amy E. Rudley, Council Report
February 8, 2021
The Environmental Commission met on Thursday night, February 4, via zoom for its regularly scheduled meeting. We discussed holding an Earth Day celebration despite the cancellation of the Spring Craft Show. Usually the Earth Day events are actually held at the Craft Show. We have decided to seek approval for an educational – and fun- Earth Day event to take place on April 17, 2021, with a rain date of April 24, 2021. More details will be released once approval is obtained and plans for finalized. The first meeting of the Recycling subcommittee took place on February 3, also via zoom. This was an introductory meeting where goals were discussed.
Senior Outreach Committee
Senior Outreach will next meet on Thursday, February 18.
As of 10:30 a.m. today, there were 506 responses to the survey regarding the Glassboro Camden Rail Line. Please share the link and ask your friends and neighbors to provide their comments. If you are aware of someone who would like to complete the survey, but is unable due to lack of technology or difficulty navigating the electronic format, please have them contact me. I want to make sure that all voices are heard.
Senator Madden’s office was extremely helpful in putting me in touch with the Project Manager, Mike Venuto, for the DRPA. Mr. Venuto has agreed to to virtually attend our March 8 work session to provide an update to Council and the Mayor regarding the GCL line. The Chief Engineer, John Hansen, is also scheduled to attend.
The Memorabilia Committee hopes to hold a celebration of the 150th year since Pitman’s first Camp Meeting in 1871 sometime over the summer. Plans are in the works, though Memorabilia is not scheduled to meet again until April.
Please feel free to contact me via telephone or e-mail if I can assist you in any way. My cell phone is 609-214-6342 and my e-mail is email@example.com. Finally, contact me if you would like to be included in the plans for the Earth Day celebration or the 150th Anniversary of the first Pitman camp meeting.
Councilman Matthew Weng
Council Report 2/8/21
Chief McAteer and I would like to applaud and thank Det. Nick Barbetta for his work along with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police - Trafficking South Unit, for his assistance and participation on a long-term electronic surveillance narcotics investigation throughout South Jersey. The investigation ultimately lead to the arrest of three subjects on various narcotics and weapons related offenses and and the seizure of approximately 1.3 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl, 1.5 pounds of marijuana, one firearm and over $11,000 of US Currency. Chief McAteer and I commend and thank Detective Barbetta for his hard work and dedication on a job well done.
All PPD officers who were given their first round of Covid-19 vaccination shots and subsequently received their second shot.
The PPD will return to a “normal” work schedule on Monday, March 1st but will remain working under Covid-19 precautionary restrictions & guidelines outlined in the General Order issued by Chief McAteer.
Council Report 2-8-21
Councilwoman Vanessa E. James
2021 Liaison: Parks & Recreation, Public Events, Library Board, Chamber of Commerce, Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion
Parks & Recreation
The Recreation Commission met on February 4th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. There was discussion about resident volunteers restoring a wildflower garden in Alcyon Lake Park. We also discussed plans to have a COVID-safe Youth Week at the beginning of May. The Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the Middle School Baseball Program this year. If your child is interested in participating, please contact the Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org The Parks & Recreation Department also plans to host T-ball this spring. You can follow the Recreation page on the Borough Website for more details.
Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce will meet again via Zoom on February 16th at 7 p.m. Love is in the air in Uptown Pitman this week, so please support our Pitman businesses by shopping and dining local for Valentine’s Day.
McCowan Memorial Library
During the month of January 2021, 2,338 people visited McCowan Memorial Library and there were 94 internet users. There were 19 virtual programs with a reach of 3,551. There were 80 Grab ’N Go Craft Kits distributed and four accompanying craft videos.
Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion
The Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion met via Zoom on January 28th. Each of the subcommittees gave reports on their progress to date. Chairperson Lauren Canna also reviewed the results of the Diversity and Inclusion Survey to date and plans were made to make sure the survey was more widely circulated over the next several months. The next meeting of the Task Force will be on Thursday, February 25th at 7 p.m. via zoom. The link to the virtual meeting can be found on the Borough website.
As always, I am available to answer any questions or concerns via email at email@example.com or by phone at 336-407-8604.
Council Report 2/8/2021
Councilman Adam Mazzola
Board of Education:
Superintendent McAleer will be sending a survey to Pitman families soliciting feedback on some potential changes to the hybrid instruction model. Please keep an eye out for that survey and provide any feedback you have at that time.
The school lunch program is continuing with pickups on Tuesday 1pm – 4pm, Wednesday 4pm – 6pm, or Thursday 4pm – 6pm near the PHS Auditorium entrance. Meals are free for all children under the age of 18 in the district and consist of a week of breakfasts and lunches for each child.
As a reminder please follow all protocols when any child or their cohabitants are ill and please communicate with your child's school nurse regarding any symptoms or illnesses.