Council Report 1-10-22
Councilperson Vanessa E. James
2021 Liaison: Parks & Recreation, Public Events, Library Board, Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce
2022 Liaison: Parks & Recreation, Library Board, Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce & Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Rec department had a productive 2021 including a return to some of the regularly scheduled programs such as T-ball, middle school field hockey, micro-mini soccer, summer playground, and the Freedom Four Miler, as well as some new additions including an Egg Scramble in Shertel Park and the inaugural year of the Pitman Fishing League in cooperation with the Pitman Police Department. In addition to the programs coordinated by Parks & Rec, the department also completed a number of improvement projects including but not limited to repairs to the pavilion at Alcyon Park, construction of new picnic tables, landscaping clean-up at Glen Lake, pumptrack improvement/maintenance, and repairs to the walking path at Betty Park with the assistance of the Water Department. Director Fox has also been working to refurbish the tennis courts at Shertel Park and anticipates that project will take place in Spring of 2022. Thanks to Director Fox, the Parks & Rec employees, and our many volunteers for their hard work.
Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber was thrilled to see a return of scheduled events in the second half of 2021. Pop-up Parks and Fourth Fridays were held safely throughout the summer for our residents and the Summer Swelter Craft Beer Festival occurred in late August to close out the summer activities. The Craft Show returned to Broadway in September and was the most profitable show in years for both vendors and Pitman business owners. The Chamber welcomed Santa back to Ballard Park for the month of December and relocated the Pitman Winter Village to Ballard Avenue this year for a successful winter shopping event. We are looking forward to a full calendar of events and programs in 2022 in service to our business community and our neighbors.
McCowan Memorial Library
During 2021, 35,571 people visited the library. There were 1,316 internet users. There were 240 children’s programs with 1,684 people in attendance and 12,774 virtual views. There were 35,487 checkouts, including 27,726 checkouts to Pitman patrons. Thank you to Director Coldren and the entire library staff for all your hard work.
Pitman Day of Service
The Pitman community is invited to join the Mayor & Council for Pitman's First Annual Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 17, 2022. Pitman residents of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of community service activities. Please sign-up below for one or more of the following activities.
9am to 11am - Clean up Uptown Pitman (Meet in front of Borough Hall)
10am to 4pm - (2 hour time slots) Help sort and organize donations (Fig Leaf Thrift, First Baptist Church of Pitman)
1pm to 7pm - (2 hour time slots) Assist with meal preparation and distribution (Lighthouse Community Center, First Baptist Church of Pitman)
6pm to 8pm - Volunteer to assist with the drive-thru food drive to benefit the Pitman Food Pantry, First Baptist Church of Pitman parking lot)
As always, I am available to answer any questions or concerns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 336-407-8604.
Council Report 1/10/2022
Councilman Adam Mazzola
We saw many cleanup projects take place in 2021. Several groups continued their tradition of giving back to the community through this program and a couple of new organizations participated as well. These cleanups included:
Pitman Girls Soccer Booster Club - Dell & Creek area
Renaissance Village Youth Center - Broadway, W Jersey Ave, East Ave, Theatre Ave
The Woman's Club of Pitman, New Jersey - Shertel Park & Sunset Auditorium
Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce (Uptown Pitman, NJ) - Alcyon Lake
PHS Class of 2022 - Alcyon Park
PHS Class of 2025 - Betty Park & dam
Pitman Grove Community Garden - Border of Alcyon Woods & W Holly Ave
VFW POST 6469- Brown & Harmon Fields
Knights of Columbus - Alcyon Disc Golf Course
Pitman Girls Basketball Booster Club - Montgomery Ave & tracks
Finance & Administration:
This year we welcomed a new employee in the Finance Office-Andrea Whilden.
We have completed the Cyber Risk Management Program required by the Joint Insurance Fund and have implemented many additional safeguards to improve our cyber security.
The Finance Office has continued to support other departments and employees by providing safety equipment and employee rewards with funds provided through grants from the TRICO JIF.
Educational programs and events for the community have been supported through the Pitman Municipal Alliance. This program is funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, a program designed to educate and provide activities for individuals considered to be at-risk.
The Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats has been scheduled for March 12 from 10-11:30 at the Public Works yard on Elwood Avenue.
We look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Pitman in 2022