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