Council Report October 25, 2021
Council President Paul Blass
Historic Preservation Commission
The HPC met on October 14th and heard four applications involving proposed alterations. Three were approved; one with a minor adjustment so that the railing met guidelines. The fourth application was denied without prejudice. Had the applicant been there the situation would most likely been solved.
Economic Development Committee
The EDC met last Thursday. The Committee approved the purchase of additional winter banners for the Borough’s lamp posts. The EDC has obtained preliminary costs for an E/V charging station. Once finalized this will be added to the group’s proposed budget.
On Friday night (October 15th), Water and Sewer had a crew repair a leak on Long Avenue.
The Borough is currently out of black trash cans. The replacements are being held up because of shipping delays.
Amy E. Rudley, Council Report
October 25, 2021
The Volunteer Fair was held on Friday evening in conjunction with the Fourth Friday event. We had 12 groups in attendance; residents and visitors were able to learn information about these various volunteer opportunities in a casual setting.
Members of the Garden Club and the Environmental Commission met with our Shade Tree Commissioner and myself on October 19, 2021 to discuss a solution to the Yew bushes that are overgrown and are encroaching on the markers within the Memorial. We are in the process of selecting an appropriate replacement bush which will be easy to maintain, a native species, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing to the design and tranquility of the Memorial.
Senior Outreach Committee
The Committee met on its usual date and time. We discussed our next event with the VFW on 11/17. It is an open house with games and snacks. We are going to look into starting regular movie nights and bingo in the new year.
Memorabilia will meet on Wednesday 11/3, instead of 11/2, due to Election Day at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum.
EC will meet on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Borough Hall.
As always, please feel free to contact me at 609-214-6342 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to reach me. Stay safe in this storm tonight!
Council Report 10-25-21
Councilwoman Vanessa E. James
2021 Liaison: Parks & Recreation, Public Events, Library Board, Great Pitman Chamber of Commerce
Parks & Recreation
All major playing fields in town have been aerated and seeded for the fall. Soccer and youth football are coming to an end. The Pumptrack renovations are still underway (fixing drainage issues and overall performance upgrades). The Glen Lake cleanup continues, Director Fox had a meeting with a resident on site to address some concerns. Basketball registrations are open, evaluations for 5th-8th graders are on Monday November 1st and Wednesday November 3rd. Times were posted on the Borough Facebook page.
Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber had its last meeting on Tuesday, October 19th. They have a lot of great holiday events planned including Shop Small Saturday & Pitman Bucks Sale on November 27th, Ladies Shopping Night out on December 2nd and the annual Winter Village to be held on Ballard Avenue this year on December 4th.
McCowan Memorial Library
The library is excited to host its annual children’s Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 30th at 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!
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Council Report 10/25/2021
Councilman Adam Mazzola
This weekend we had 3 groups collaborate on a large project cleaning up Alcyon Lake and the surrounding parks and the dam. The Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce had kayakers (and one canoeing family) on the lake and pulled out 5-6 bags of trash mostly consisting of bottles and cans. They did pull out a wooden stool and a basketball.
The PHS Seniors and Freshmen, led by their advisor Council President Blass, took care of the parks and dam and gathered 4-5 bags of trash and an old rusty bicycle in the creek across Holly Ave.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who organized and came out to clean up our community!
*Finance & Admin:*
Budget requests will be going out next week, one month earlier than prior years. This should lead to an earlier approved budget than we have previously seen. Thank you in advance to all department heads for helping to turn this around.
Clerk O'Donnell is busy closing out grants and submitting paperwork to verify safety inspections and employee training to keep us in compliance with TRICO JIF standards.
We are in the final stretch of updating the Employee Policy and Procedure Manual, which is required by the JIF to do every two years.
The Borough’s Election Board Workers have received training on the new voting machines and the electronic signature books to be used in this years’ election. November 2, 2021 is Election Day. Voting is from 6am – 8pm. Borough offices, services, and the Police Administration Office will be closed for the holiday. The Clerk’s Office will be open for questions related to the election and voting. Please call 856-589-3522 for assistance if needed.