The Lumberton Township Civic Association has cancelled the September 26, 2020 Fall Festival and Paddle due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Lumberton Township Police Department’s National Night Out Event Scheduled for August 4th, 2020 has been Cancelled due to COVID-19.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com 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
LAND DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEETING CANCELLED FOR JULY 9, 2020.
REDEVELOPMENT HEARING RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 13, 2020.
LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP LAND DEVELOPMENT BOARD
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PURSUANT TO REDEVELOPMENT LAW
Pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq. (the “Redevelopment Law”), municipalities are authorized to determine whether certain parcels of land located therein constitute areas in need of redevelopment. By Resolution 2020-40B dated January 16, 2020, and amended by Resolution 2020-102 dated June 18, 2020, the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton authorized and directed the Lumberton Township Land Development Board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether certain areas meet the criteria set forth in the Redevelopment Law and should be designated as areas in need of redevelopment (non-condemnation) and/or rehabilitation within the meaning of the law.
In response to this referral, the Lumberton Township Land Development Board directed Taylor Design Group, Inc. to prepare a Preliminary Investigation Report to assist the Board in determining whether the area qualifies as an area of redevelopment or rehabilitation. The Study Area includes: Block 41, Lots 3.01, 6, 7 & 8; Block 43, Lot 1; and Block 46.01, Lots 2.01 & 2.02, which generally includes a portion of the RA-S Zone. The Study Area is comprised of 7 lots totaling approximately 61 acres located at 82 Fostertown Road, south of its intersection with Medford-Mt. Holly Road (CR 541). To the east, is an offshoot of the Rancocas Creek Southern Branch, and to the south, the Study Area is bounded by Medford Township. To the north, the Study Area is bounded by Bridge Road, and to the West, primarily by Fostertown Road. A majority of the Study Area is used as agriculture. However, the southern portion, specifically Block 46.01 Lot 2.01, contain land uses associated with the Flying W Airport. These uses include a portion of the runway, airplane storage, office space, a hotel, and a café. Wetlands exist on the site, and encompass much if not all of Block 41, Lots 7 and 8.
The Planner has produced a map depicting the study area set forth above, and has provided the statement setting forth the basis of the investigation in accord with the Redevelopment Law at N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6.b(1). The Redevelopment Law requires that the Land Development Board conduct a public hearing prior to making its determinations on whether any of the referred Study Area shall be designated as areas in need of redevelopment and/or rehabilitation. In accord with N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6.b(3)(c), it is specified that this is a non-condemnation referral, and the municipality will not have redevelopment condemnation authority even if the delineated area or a portion thereof is deemed to meet the redevelopment criteria.
This Public Hearing will be conducted by the Land Development Board on July 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lumberton Township Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, New Jersey 08048. Please be advised that unless directed by the Governor, the State, County or Local Office of Emergency Management, Lumberton Township Land Development Board will conduct its July 9, 2020 meeting as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. at the Lumberton Township Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ. Please be further advised that the meeting will be open to the public but limited to a total of thirty people including up to seven Board Members and officials. The remaining twenty-three 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your comments by 4:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.
Residents may also access the meeting remotely using Zoom Conferencing for both audio and video footage, to join please type, https://zoom.us/j/8159797571 into your internet browser. You may also dial in for audio off your mobile phone by calling 1-929-205-6099 and pressing 8159797571# to join. Members of the public are reminded that they are able to comment during the Public Comment portions of the July 9, 2020, Lumberton Township Land Development Board meeting. Members of the public joining the meeting through Zoom wishing to make public comment must provide their name in the Zoom Chat so that the Zoom Host will know of your interest and can unmute your microphone at the appropriate time. (Those utilizing the Zoom application, please refer to the following link https://zoom.us/ meetings with your web browser to provide a tutorial of the application).
The Redevelopment investigation area report, map, and statement, along with any other supporting documents to be considered by the Board are available in electronic format on the Lumberton Township website by clicking on a link on the Land Development Board page. For those without internet access, the documents will be on-file in the office of the Board Secretary. Please contact Cathy Borstad via email (email@example.com) or telephone (609-267-3217) to make an appointment to view the documents at the Municipal Building.
At the hearing, the Professional Planner will provide testimony and an overview of the Report for the Study Area. Any interested party may appear at the hearing and be heard during open public comment. This hearing may be carried to future dates and the public is notified to keep abreast of the proceedings.
Douglas L. Heinold, Esquire
Lumberton Land Development Board Attorney
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
What is the Home Improvement Loan Program?
Paid Leave Entitlements related to Covid-19 Provided Through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Please see the below link to a Flyer provided by the US Department of Labor:
The Following is a Statement from the Lumberton Township Administration and Office of Emergency Management Regarding the Six Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Lumberton Township
As of March 29, 2020, the Burlington County Health Department informed Lumberton Township officials that they have confirmed six positive cases of COVID-19 within Lumberton Township. The Burlington County Health Department has now changed the way they are reporting the County’s number of confirmed positives cases to the chart you can find in the above attachment.
Contact tracing to determine if these individuals might have traveled to any public place before being diagnosed or been in contact with individuals is still ongoing by Health Department officials. They have informed the Township that they are focusing on close contact, which is defined as closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes, household contacts and those that work in high risk settings such as healthcare workers and long-term care facilities. Lumberton Township will provide any such information to the public when it is made available to us by the Burlington County Health Department. Due to federal HIPPA laws and regulations, the names and addresses of these individuals will not be released to the public, however the County Emergency Communications Center has flagged this residence and if first responders are called to that location they will be warned to take further precautions, above the new guidelines they are operating under for this pandemic for normal calls for service.
Though contact tracing is being investigated, Lumberton Township Officials would like to remind our residents that the best way to fight this pandemic and flatten the curve is to, (1) frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use of alcohol (60% or more) based sanitizing hand wash provides your best defense, (2) practicing “social distancing” by avoiding large gatherings and crowds, when in public keep 6 feet or more of separation from others and avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact with individuals, (3) if you sneeze or cough, you should do so into your elbow and wash your hands immediately after. Lastly if you are sick or if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary care provider (doctor) and he/she will give you advice if you develop a fever or other symptoms. But most importantly if you feel sick please stay home and isolate yourself from others in your household.
Residents are also reminded to heed Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 107, which orders all residents to “Stay at Home” until further notice. This order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work only if you are essential personnel, or engaging in outdoor activities. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:
• Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
• Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
• Medical supply stores;
• Gas stations;
• Convenience stores;
• Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
• Hardware and home improvement stores;
• Banks and other financial institutions;
• Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
• Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
• Pet stores;
• Liquor stores;
• Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics; As of March 30, 2020 Online Sales and Remote Sales that can be completed by phone, text, or email can be conducted.
• Printing and office supply shops;
• Mail and delivery stores.
• Effective March 31, 2020 at 8am Federal Firearms Licensees are added to the list of essential retail businesses.
• As of March 30, 2020, individual appointments to view real estate with realtors by individuals or families shall be considered essential retail businesses.
Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.
Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
Lumberton Township residents can call 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 with non-emergent questions. The call center is open 24/7 and has multi-language capabilities. You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, text your zip code to 898-211. Please note that the call center is not able to diagnose or give medical advice. Healthcare providers should be contacted if medical advice is needed. If you or someone you know has special needs requiring assistance in case of an emergency, please register today at www.registerready.nj.gov. If you are needing special assistance today, call 2-1-1 or log on to www.nj211.org.