Message from Mayor Mikulski – May 22, 2020

Fellow Southampton Residents:

Happy Friday afternoon as we approach the “unofficial” start of summer with Memorial Day Weekend.  On behalf of the Township Committee, Ms. Hoffman and all of our Township employees, we hope this finds you healthy and well.  We have a few things to put out, information-wise, today:

1.       Memorial Day Parade – as you know, we in Southampton have a long tradition of honoring our Country and our fallen Servicemen and Servicewomen who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us, and all other Municipalities in New Jersey to alter our longstanding traditions surrounding Memorial Day.  However, Southampton has the longest consecutive Memorial Day parade in New Jersey, a tradition that did not waver during World War I or World War II or any other national emergency, so we feel obligated to keep the tradition going.  Due to the restrictions imposed upon all of New Jersey, we will not have the traditional Memorial Day events, but we will honor America by maintaining the traditions as follows:

·         We will begin as we do every year with a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial at Harry Thompson field on Red Lion road at 8:00am.  A color guard will be present and Taps will be played.

·         From there, we will move to the Baptist Cemetery on Landing Street for a wreath ceremony.

·         The third wreath ceremony will be at the Methodist Cemetery in town

·         The fourth wreath ceremony will be at the Grange building on Main Street.

·         Following the ceremony at the Grange, the color guard and the Township Committee will parade from the Grange to the Memorial on North Main Street for the final wreath ceremony.  This will keep our tradition alive and allow us to honor Memorial Day once again.

·         If you live on Main Street and would like to honor the Flag as we make our way to the Memorial, please feel free to do so while maintaining appropriate social distancing.

2.       Outdoor gatherings – the State has altered the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25.  Social distancing restrictions remain.

 

3.       Overall the COVID-19 numbers are decreasing throughout Burlington County.  As a reminder, you can find statistics on the impact upon Burlington County at:  https://www.co.burlington.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1271

4.       The Recycling yard and bulk trash “yard” will re-open on Saturday June 6th between 8am-noon.  It will then resume being open on the first and third Saturday of each month.

5.       Finally, on Tuesday, the Township Committee unanimously passed the 2020 Municipal budget.  We are very pleased to report that for the third consecutive year, the budget includes no increase for municipal taxes.  As most of you know, the portion of your tax dollars that comprise the Municipal tax is under 15%.  This tax rate was not increased.  Thank you to our employees for their continued diligence in working effectively and looking for ways to reduce expenses.

Again, best wishes for an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.  Stay safe.

Mike Mikulski, Mayor

Message from Mayor Mikulski – May 15, 2020

Fellow Southampton residents.

I again hope this update finds you and your family safe and well.  We have a few updates for you this week:

  1. Resource Recovery Complex (County Dump) – the Complex has re-opened to the public.  Hours of operation can be found on the Complex’ website:  http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/344/Solid-Waste
  2. Memorial Day – we know many residents are asking about the plans for Memorial Day.  An announcement will be posted on the Township’s website on Wednesday, May 20th.
  3. Beaches – as you likely heard, New Jersey beaches have opened.  Each municipality will establish its own rules on numbers allowed on the beaches, etc.  Check with the Shore-town Municipality for that information.
  4. We appreciate the continued compliance with social distancing for those enjoying the walking path and other Township properties.  Please continue to enjoy these areas safely.  The tennis courts are re-opened but again, please maintain social distancing when using the Courts.  The US Tennis Association recommends modified rule changes for safe play, including not changing sides and also using the racquet and your foot to pick up tennis balls instead of your hands.
  5. If you need to reach Township employees in the Municipal building, we suggest you call first and that way we can make sure the proper employees are available to provide assistance.  Thank you, again, for your patience.
  6. Finally, Burlington County has created a mobile app for COVID-19 and Board of Health updates.  Information can be found on the Township website.

Thank you again for looking out for each other and making sure the impact upon Southampton is as limited as possible.

Mike Mikulski

Mayor

New Swift App from Burlington County Health Department

The Burlington County Health Department (BCHD), announces the release of a new mobile app, which is free to download from the iPhone and Android app stores.

All Burlington County employees are requested to download the app and to share it with family, friends, and neighbors using this link: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a44608060

The app includes important news, alerts, and resources related to COVID-19 and testing sites, clinics and events, and health department programs and services.

Please also go to the Settings wheel to give the app a 5-star rating in the app store, which will help our app gain recognition.
Thank you!

Dr. Herbert Conaway, Director, Burlington County Health Department

Township Committee Meeting Notice for May 19, 2020

MEETING NOTICE

Pursuant to the Order of the Governor of the State of New Jersey, and specifically Executive Order 107, limiting social gatherings, this meeting of the Township Committee is limited to ten total people.  The meeting room will include three members of the Township Committee in person (others electronically), the Township Clerk/Administrator and the Township Solicitor electronically.  Seven members of the public may join the meeting on a first come-first serve basis.  No other persons will be permitted to attend or enter the building.

Regular Meeting 5:30 pm May 19, 2020

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Kathleen D. Hoffman, RMC

Township Administrator/Clerk

Southampton Township

5 Retreat Road

Southampton, NJ 08088

(609) 859-2676

 

Zoning Board Agenda – May 14, 2020

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REGULAR MEETING

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT AGENDA

May 14, 2020 @ 7:30 P.M.

Call to order

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., as amended by A-3850 to permit meetings to be conducted electronically, and in consideration of Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy directing that actions be taken to protect the public during the emergency caused by COVID-19, the Township of Southampton Zoning Board will conduct its May 14, 2020 meeting electronically, commencing at 7:30 P.M. The agenda and all related documents concerning any application to be considered by the Board are posted on the Township’s website www.southamptonnj.org. Official action may be taken by the Board on the Application submitted. No executive sessions will be conducted. If any members of the public are unable to access any of documentation related to any application to be considered by the Board through the Townships website please request through email directed to dschmied@southamptonnj.org or by calling 609-859-2786. Members of the public are welcome to participate in the meeting by calling: 1-646-558-8656 and then entering conference ID number: 87941955360 Password: 740007. Or by Zoom: URL link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87941955360?pwd=N3BuTEUwaUJLa3YvMGN3RXFkOWU3QT09

Meeting ID: 879 4195 5360            Password: 1RKrzt

Flag salute.

Roll call.

                              Present                Absent

_______               _______               Mr. Thomas Heller

                              _______               _______               Mr. Timothy Murphy

                              _______               _______               Mr. William Robbins

                              _______               _______               Mr. Lawrence Thomas

                              _______               _______               Mr. Patrick Kennedy

                              _______               _______               Mr. William Kelly

                              _______               _______               Chairman Stephen Zoltowski

                              _______               _______

                              _______               _______               Solicitor, Thomas Coleman

                              _______               _______               Planner, Edward Fox

                              _______               _______               Engineer, Rakesh Darji

                              _______               _______               Secretary, Denise Schmied

                              _______               _______

Reading of the Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

The notice requirements provided for in the “Open Public Meetings Act” have been satisfied. Notice of this meeting was properly given in the annual notice which was adopted by Southampton Township Zoning Board on January 9, 2020 filed with the Township Clerk and posted on the official bulletin board at the Township’s Municipal Building, filed with the Secretary of the Zoning Board and mailed to each person who has requested copies of the regular meeting schedule and who has pre-paid any charges fixed for such services. All mailings, postings and filings have been accomplished on January 10, 2020.

Adoption of the minutes of the March 13, 2020 meeting as presented prior to this meeting.

New Applications        

Stephen & Kathleen Carpenter

537 Ongs Hat Road

Block: 1701 Lot: 8

Bulk Variance

Resolutions:                        

                              No new resolutions

Discussion/Public Comment

Motion for adjournment

Denise Schmied
Zoning Board Secretary
5 Retreat Road
609-859-2786

FEMA Grants Available

New Jersey DR-4488-NJ – OEM

Dear State, County, City, Township, or local government official,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance, in the form of Public Assistance (PA) Grants, to the State of New Jersey for DR-4488-NJ. To satisfy its compliance responsibilities, FEMA’s Region II Environmental & Historic Preservation Branch (EHP) has created the attached public notice for Executive Order (EO) 11988 (Floodplains), EO 11990 (Wetlands) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106). The public notice is for FEMA funded actions that are located in a floodplain or wetland or may affect listed or eligible historic properties related to the COVID-19 Response (DR-4488-NJ). Funded actions include but are not limited to: temporary testing sites, temporary Alternate Care Facilities (ACF), temporary storage sites and temporary mortuary sites.
Due to the circumstances of the current emergency, FEMA is deviating from its standard practice of posting the public notice in newspapers across the state and is instead posting and distributing the public notice only electronically in accordance with the flexibility granted to FEMA in the implementing regulations for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (36 CFR §§ 800.2, 3) and Executive Orders 11988 & 11990 (44 CFR § 9.8).

To provide the public an opportunity to comment on the actions described above, FEMA is posting the public notice on the FEMA DR-4488-NJ website (https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4488) for a minimum of 15 days. In addition, FEMA is requesting your assistance by posting this public notice on your State (NJ OEM) and County or Municipal websites, where public notices are normally viewed. If possible, we recommend that you also post hard copies in open public facilities or offices (post offices, county or municipal offices or other locations) that have posting boards for community members that may not have internet service. An address and email address are provided in the public notice for any comments that the public wishes to submit to FEMA EHP.
We thank you for assisting FEMA EHP in meeting our compliance responsibilities during this difficult time.

Message from Mayor Mike Mikulski

Fellow Southampton Residents,

As always, on behalf of the entire Township Committee, our Administrator, Ms. Hoffman and all of our Township employees we hope this email finds you safe and healthy.  We empathize with those among us who have relatives and friends impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to urge you to maintain social distancing and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the State/County Boards of Health.  Until the pandemic is behind us, we will continue to provide you with weekly updates of information and will post all updates to the Township webpage and to Facebook.  We will also distribute through Nixle.  If you are not familiar with Nixle, it is a service that pushes information to Residents who request to participate.  You can sign up for the updates on the home page of the Township website.

This week’s information:

TESTING – if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you are eligible for FREE testing through the County.  Call 609-726-7097 between 9am and 5pm to schedule a test.  Reminder, if you are having difficulty breathing or have significant pain/tightening in the chest – call 9-1-1 or your doctor immediately.

CAR INSPECTION – the motor vehicle inspection station remains closed.  The closure has been extended until at least May 11th.  Many Motor Vehicle issues can be resolved online at www.NJMVC.gov

YARD CLEAN UP – as a reminder, yard waste such as sticks, leaves, grass clippings, etc. should not be placed with the trash for regular pick up.  Please place in bags or cans separately at the edge of the curb/yard and call the Township for pick up.  While it is unlikely the pick-up will be the same day, your address will be placed in line for removal of these items.

COUNTY RESOURCE RECOVERY COMPLEX – the complex remains closed to the public.

RECYCLABLES – the Township recycling containers are available between 8:45 – 3:45 Monday-Friday.  Please maintain social distancing from each other and from staff at the site.

Thank you to all Residents for the cooperation with Federal, State and Local guidelines.  Stay safe!

Mike Mikulski, Mayor