The Lumberton Township Committee is please to continue to offer the Senior Holiday Dinner this year as a Drive Thru. It might be a little different this year but we will make the best of it, to spread holiday cheer to our Township’s Seniors. Please see the attached Flyer for details. Tickets are required, Township Residents Only. Call 609-267-3217 with any questions or to request your tickets.
Township Offices will be Closed in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday – November 26 & 27, 2020
and will re-open at 8am on November 30, 2020.
Trash Collection for Thursday, November 26 will be pushed to Friday, November 27.
Weldon Richard Storey
SEPTEMBER 26, 1921 – NOVEMBER 1, 2020
Weldon Storey, a long-time resident of Lumberton passed away on Nov 1st at the age of 99 yrs. Services will be held on Monday Nov.16th at the Washington crossing National Cemetery.
HIS DAUGHTER EVELYN SHARED THIS ABOUT HER FATHER
My Father, Weldon Storey had a deep, abiding affection for Lumberton. He may have lived in Pennsylvania and North Carolina but Lumberton, NJ was always home to him. He wrote several self-published books on it and his life there.
Weldon was born in Lumberton in 1921. At 6 years old, he lost a brother and sister to Diphtheria during an outbreak in the town. This affected his family deeply and he spoke of it into old age.
Despite that and going through the Great Depression starting at 8 years old, he had what he described as an adventurous and interesting childhood. Main Street had several retail shops including a Butcher shop, a General store, a Barber Shop, a Post Office, a bar and a Flower Shop (conveniently located across from the cemetery). They had only a few radios in town and listened to them by sitting on people’s porch steps. Bathrooms were outhouses and cars were rare.
Fun was had by swimming in the Rancocas, playing baseball and tennis and walking everywhere. He remembers riding in his Uncles Cab after going to the movies, paying 10 cents to get in and 5 cents for popcorn. In Elementary school, there were two grades in each classroom and he graduated early by doing the work of the next grade. He attended Mt Holly High School which later became RVRHS.
Sadly, his Mother died a few months after his High School graduation in 1938. He worked in the cornfields, and then in Fleetwings, a plane factory until joining the Army during WWII and being assigned to the 10th MTN Division Ski Troops. This was amusing as he had never seen a mountain despite living near Mt Holly!
After the war, he and several other men formed the Lumberton Last Man’s Club which was dedicated to honoring those who served and were lost in WWII and other wars along with doing good works for the town and its residents. They built the ball field next to Florence Walther School, helped war widows, held Christmas parties, and for years, ran the Memorial Day Parade. Along with his good friend, Paul Bradshaw, the Club worked hard building the Village Green and War Memorial. They originally had 41 members and always kept 4 draped chairs where they met symbolizing the four Lumberton men lost in WWII. Dad was always proud of the good work they did. In 2015, he became “The Last Man” as all other members had passed away. As such, he was to be given a bottle of whiskey, which all of them had signed and sealed with a dollar bill at their first meeting. This was presented to him along with a plaque that Memorial Day. A funny fact is that he never got to drink it as it had been opened by someone years earlier!
He built a house on Landing Street before moving to Pennsylvania with his second wife Edith Ritter. He had two daughters, a step son and several devoted grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He traveled and enjoyed collecting rocks and minerals. They moved to North Carolina where he worked at TransAmerica DeLaval and Discovery Place before retiring and volunteering there along with my Mom.
He and my Mom returned to his roots in Lumberton as often as they could, especially for the Memorial Day Parades which he loved. I think residents enjoyed seeing him in there, often holding a sign that read “MY FIRST PARADE WAS IN 1928”. He moved back to PA in and rode in the parades every year until 2018.
Lumberton always held a special place in my Dads heart, he led several walking tours of Lumberton and visited as much as possible. He always wanted people to hear his story and know about its roots.
Below you will find a Link to the 2020 Lumberton Township Leaf Collection Schedule:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
In accordance with 44 CFR §9.8 for Executive Orders 11988 & 11990
Proposed Building Elevation
Township of Lumberton, Burlington County, NJ
Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Department of Homeland Security- Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to provide federal funding to the Township of Lumberton, as subrecipients for the proposed elevation of residential structures through the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program. The purpose of the FMA Grant Program is to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This notification is given in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 11988 (Floodplain Management), Executive Order (EO) 11990 (Protection of Wetlands), Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and 44 CFR Part 9, regulations for implementing EO 11988-11990.
The proposed mitigation project would elevate eight (8) residential structures along the Rancocas Creek in Lumberton. These structures occupy low-lying areas susceptible to repetitive flooding. All proposed impacted properties in Lumberton would be raised approximately 2 feet above the base flood elevation (BFE) for a 100 year flood, in accordance with local flood ordinances and the
FEMA-approved mitigation plan.
This action would take place within the 100-year floodplain. Alternatives considered include: 1) taking no action, 2) the proposed alternative, elevating the structures; or, 3) acquisition and demolition. FEMA has determined that elevating the structures is the most practicable alternative to ensure the residences and their occupants are out of harm’s way. FEMA has also determined that investment of funds to reduce flood risk is in the public interest. Potential impacts to water quality or aquatic habitat are anticipated to be temporary during construction and minimized through best management practices and conservation measures incorporated from resource agency recommendations and required regulatory permits.
Comments about this project, potential alternatives, and floodplain impacts may be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date of this publication to: U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region II – Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, Mitigation Division, One World Trade Center, Suite 53, New York, NY 10007 or via
email to FEMAR2COMMENT@fema.dhs.gov. If substantive comments are received, FEMA will evaluate and address the comments as part of the environmental documentation for this project.
First Time Home Buyer Program
Where do I start?
#1 First step – Set up appointment for First Time Homebuyer (FTHB) course. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate in which you will give a copy to your lender who will then forward a copy onto me.
#2 Start saving towards your 3% down payment! (Purchase price X 3%)
#3 Call a lender from our list to see how much of a mortgage you qualify for based on your income. This will decide your price range in looking for a home. When you are ready to buy and are rate shopping do not call more than three lenders within a 14 day period or this may pull down your credit score.
#4 To look for a home, check out the state website www.njhrc.gov click on find housing then for sale. Look at Burlington County. If you see a property that you’re interested in, print out the application and mail it into the state. NJ Housing is mandated to pull names by lottery. The more lists you’re on the better chance you’ll have. Check with local realtors, individual townships and newspapers. If you see a new development going up stop in their sales office to see if they have any affordable units and put in an application. For Delran, Delanco and Florence check out www.piazza-and-associates.com and on the toolbar click on News and Info.
#5 Start setting up a file to collect all your paperwork for mortgage application. Files need to consist of your last 2 months pay stubs, your last 4 months of bank statements for each account and last 2 years tax returns. Proof of any additional income such as child support. Copy of divorce decree. Certificate from a First Time Home Buyer class.
#6 Once you find a home, call your lender to get your mortgage pre-approved. Once it’s preapproved call 609-265-5450 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your lenders name, email address, phone number and also your realtors email address. I will then email your lender a referral form which lists all documents needed. Since the appraisal, title report and commitment take longer to process they can be sent at a later date. Once documents are received from your lender I will call you to come in and sign my application from that point it takes 45-60 days to schedule your closing.
#7 Settlement… Sign all mortgage documents! Congratulations you now own your first home.
Wishing you Happiness in your New Home!
First Time Home Buyer Program
HUD Income Guidelines 2020-2021
For Closing Cost and Down Payment Assistance
Up to $4,000 for Closing Cost plus another $5,000 in Down Payment Assistance.
Size of Maximum Annual
Household Gross Income
*Note: Closing Cost Assistance is a six year forgivable loan at 0% interest.. Should applicant move or sell before the end of the six year period, the loan will become payable in full.
*Down Payment Assistance is not a forgivable loan. It will become due and payable in full when property is sold or not owner occupied.
Effective July 1, 2020
Lumberton Township’s COAH Third Round (2015-2025) Housing Element and Fair Share Plan Midpoint Review
Lumberton Township is inviting any interested party to submit comments to the Township, with a copy to Fair Share Housing Center, regarding whether any sites no longer present a realistic opportunity and should be replaced. Any interested party may by motion request a hearing before the Court regarding these issues.
Comments can be made to the following:
Lumberton Township, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ 08048
Attn: Brandon E. Umba Township Administrator
Fair Share Housing Center, 510 Park Blvd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Attn: Laura Smith-Denker, Senior Staff Attorney
To Our Residents: As we continue to work together to Flatten the Curve and navigate this crisis, we appreciate everyone’s diligence in following state guidelines and maintaining social distancing. Understanding how difficult times have become, we can nonetheless persevere and beat this together and restore our town as quickly as possible.
Lumberton Township Officials and Public Safety Leaders continue to evaluate and plan for a “road to recovery” and, in correlation with the Governor’s Office and Burlington County officials, are taking the following steps to modify our Emergency Action Plan:
All Lumberton Township Emergency Services, which includes Police, Fire and EMS Services, remain fully operational and ready to serve our community. Please help keep our responders safe by staying home unless absolutely necessary and following all CDC and NJDOH safety and health guidelines.
For non-emergency Police matters, the public is encouraged to contact the Police Department by their non-emergency numbers at 609-267-8300. Residents needing non-emergency assistance may also use the Police Department Call Box located outside the Police Department Lobby.
TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING SERVICES
Effective Monday, May 18th, the Lumberton Municipal Building will re-open to the public. The Administrative Lobby and Police Department/Court Lobby will be open for service; the Tax Collection window will remain closed at this time. Hours of Operations will be Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. As a service to our Senior Residents and those with higher risk to COVID-19 due to existing medical conditions, the lobbies will open from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Monday – Friday, for these persons only.
Safety guidelines are place to minimize risk during the ongoing pandemic; all visitors must be wearing face masks and practice strict social distancing measures to gain entry. Signage will be posted with this guidance, and floor spots will mark waiting points for all persons entering. The Administrative Lobby will be restricted to 4 persons at a time; the Police/Court lobby will allow 10 persons maximum at a time. All others must remain outside until spots open up. Visitor areas and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned daily following CDC guidelines so as to minimize risk to visitors.
Payments and documents for the township may still be dropped in the locked box located outside the Administrative Wing of the Municipal Building. Tax Payments may be dropped off at the Tax Drive-up Window drop box. Payments can also be made by using our online system https://wipp.edmundsassoc.com/Wipp/?wippid=0317 or by mail to the Tax Collector’s Office, 35 Municipal Drive Lumberton NJ 08048. Our drive-up Tax Window remains closed to the public. The Fire Bureau will continue to conduct inspections; however, these will be done by appointment only.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Department of Public Works continues to collect trash as normally scheduled. Bulk Trash is still the first full week of the month and brush pickup is the third full week of the month. The Public Works Yard remains closed to residents Sunday through Friday.
Our DPW Staff will begin to hold normal Saturday hours for the DPW Yard on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 7:30am to 1:30pm. Saturday drop offs will resume on its normal schedule starting in June (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month, with the exception being July which is the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month). Staff will be limiting access to the yard and requiring that residents maintain social distancing and are wearing face coverings while in the yard. Proof of residency is also required.
Residents needing bulk pickup outside the first full week and due to the yard being closed may call the Township Building at 609-267-3217 (only during normal business hours, 8am to 4pm on Monday to Friday) and we will make every effort to schedule a pick up depending on working circumstances at that time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
All Lumberton Township playgrounds will reopen to public use at dawn on July 2. All persons are strongly encouraged to keep with social distancing practices. The parking lot are reopened for use but will be monitored to ensure social distancing. The Township’s walking trails and paths, Canoe Launch on Chestnut Avenue, Dog Park at the Village Green and Public Tennis Courts at Bryan Freeman Park still remain open to individuals to utilize at their pleasure. Tennis Courts are restricted to 4 players maximum at a time per court, and all social distancing rules must be followed.
All Lumberton Township Athletic Fields to include Baseball, Soccer, Football and Lacrosse reopened for “no-contact” practices, drills and simulations, on June 22. Additionally, low risk sports (i.e., archery, individual track and swimming events, golf and tennis) resumed contact practices and competition on June 22. Medium risk sports (i.e., baseball/softball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer and volleyball) may begin contact practices and competition on July 6. High risk sports (i.e., football, martial arts, group dance and cheer) may begin contact practices and competition on July 20.
Lumberton Township will reopen the use of our outdoor Municipal Basketball Courts on July 6 for our residents.
A summary of public recreational areas and their status follows:
|Public Park walking paths, biking paths and trails||OPEN|
|Village Green Dog Park||OPEN|
|Tennis Courts, Bryan Freeman Park||OPEN|
|Municipal Canoe Launch, Chestnut St||OPEN|
|Basketball Courts (Village Green, Bryan Freeman, Stonebrook Dr., Private Communities)||OPEN|
|Park Playgrounds (Public/Private)||OPEN|
TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
The regularly Township Committee meetings continue as scheduled, the next being this Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 PM. In keeping with state social distancing directives, local attendance will be limited to 30 persons including five Township officials (Mayor, one Committee Member, Administrator, Township Clerk, and Township Solicitor). The remaining twenty five people that wish to attend, with priority given to Township residents, will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members of the public wishing to make a public comment in lieu of attendance may do so electronically at email@example.com. Please provide your comments by 4:00 p.m. on July 16, 2020. The meeting will also be streamcast live using Zoom Conferencing. Members of the public may connect to this stream for video and audio coverage by going to https://zoom.us/j/8159797571 with their web browser (instructions and how to your this app click this link). They may also dial in for audio off your mobile phone by calling 1-929-205-6099 and pressing 8159797571# to join.
TOWNSHIP CONSTRUCTION OFFICE
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has sent out guidelines to all municipal construction code officials in regards to inspections during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guidelines from DCA remain the procedure for inspections in Lumberton Twp. These guidelines supersede and make void any previous guidelines released by the Township, and are as follows:
- All required inspections for new construction and any work on the exterior or outside of any occupied building should be performed as usual.
- Rough inspections for new additions should be performed, provided no entry to the occupied home or building is required or that appropriate social distancing is in effect.
- Contractors may report construction activity, such as rough inspections, in existing occupied buildings with photos or other documentation for the time being.
- Items listed as Minor Work at NJAC 5:23-2.17A require only a final inspection. This includes inspections of replacement items, such as a residential heater, air conditioner and/or water heaters. These inspections may be deferred to a later date. The contractor should report construction activity as indicated in item 3 above.
The State’s official notification is available by clicking the following link: DCA Memo on Construction Department Operations
The Lumberton Township Construction Office maintains normal hours Monday through Friday each week.
Municipal Court Sessions are still suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Individuals scheduled to appear before our Municipal Court to contest a traffic or parking ticket, or minor local ordinance violation will receive notice of a new court date. Our Municipal court employees will continue to handle certain matters, such as applications for temporary restraining orders, hearings where a defendant has been detained, and matters that implicate public safety. Filings and payments will continue to be accepted by dropping them off in the drop box located outside the Administrative Wing of the Municipal Building. Defendants, Attorneys and Residents may contact the Municipal Court Office by phone, 609-267-3389. Defendants also may continue to make payments through the Municipal Court online payment system at NJMCDirect.com. All persons needing to speak with Lumberton Township Municipal Court employees should contact the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm.
All Lumberton Schools as well as RVRHS, BCIT and BCSSD remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order and the Burlington County Health Department directives. For up to date information regarding the school district, parents and guardians are highly encouraged to maintain open lines communications by using the LTSD Hub located online at https://www.lumberton.k12.nj.us/covid-19/, using the REMIND smartphone app (https://www.lumberton.k12.nj.us/2019-2020-communications-via-remind/), and checking for emails distributed via the District’s listserv.
This coming Wednesday, June 17th is a statewide Census Day of Action. The New Jersey Department of State and Complete Count Commission will again focus on using our Friends and Family Outreach program to ask everyone to Call Those Who Count On You to see how they’re doing and to ask them to fill out their all-important Census.
This program, along with all of your hard work and activities has been very effective. At a 63.1% self-response rate (2.2% above the national rate) New Jersey has moved up two spots to #19 in the country; we’re currently #2 in the Northeast Region and 6 of our counties are in the top twelve counties in the region!
Your Day of Action can also take the form of other activities. Activities such as interactive online Census education and support meet-ups, information drops at food distribution locations or COVID testing sites, in person mobile kiosks using social distancing guidelines, Census drive-throughs and more. Let us know about them so that we can help to promote them.
For all of this to happen we need your help. Could you please send this information out to your networks and client and constituent lists, and ask them to participate?
We are asking as many folks as possible to participate in our Friends and Family Outreach call program. It’s simple to do and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Everything you need is provided right here to start making calls, including a call script in Spanish: https://nj.gov/state/census-outreach.shtml
Here’s how the call program works – You call at least five (5) friends, neighbors or family members to check and see how they are doing. Then also ask if they’ve had a chance to fill out their Census. If they haven’t, we’ve provided info so that you can tell them why it’s so important. Then ask those who said yes to call 5 of their friends and family members – And so on, and so on.
Key message for the Day of Action: The Census affects everybody. It touches every life, every day whether by determining our representation or how much federal funding we get. The Census is a civic duty that we all participate in, regardless of our status, and whose benefits affect us all. It’s empowering – So let’s use it to say – “I Count”; “We Count” Fill It Out at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
Day of Action Social Media:
When you post use these hashtags #NJCensus2020#StrengthInNumbers
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