All Lumberton Township Emergency Services, which includes Police, Fire and EMS Services remain fully operational and ready to serve our community. We have been continually meeting with our public safety partners to review and update plans, schedules and supply stocks to ensure they are ready and able to meet any future challenges from this event.
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
Accordingly the Lumberton Township Municipal Building is now closed to the Public as of March 23, 2020. However, staff will be working staggered shifts to continue government services. Effective April 6, 2020 until further notice the Lumberton Township Municipal Building will be closed on Mondays and Fridays. Staff working staggered shifts will only report to the building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. The Public may call the Township phone number 609-267-3217 during normal business hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and essential personnel will be working to assist you. You will also find an email directory on the Township Website for Officials/Staff who will be checking emails remotely if their schedule does not have them working in the Municipal Building. Payments and documents for the township may 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 will remain closed to the public. The Fire Bureau will continue to conduct inspections, however these will be done by appointment only. Residents are encourage to contact the Township offices during the hours of 8am and 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with questions regarding these services.
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 COVID-19. The guidelines from DCA will be the procedure for inspections in Lumberton Twp for the time being. These guidelines supersede and make void any previous guidelines released by the Township, and are as follows:
1. All required inspections for new construction and any work on the exterior or outside of any occupied building should be performed as usual.
2. 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.
3. Contractors may report construction activity, such as rough inspections, in existing occupied buildings with photos or other documentation for the time being.
4. 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 will maintain limited hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week to maintain these operations set forth by DCA.
Under the direction of the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, our Municipal Court Sessions have been suspended until further notice during 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. As a reminder of the notice above, the Lumberton Township Municipal Building will be closed on Mondays and Fridays until further notice, which includes the Municipal Court Offices. All persons needing to speak with Lumberton Township Municipal Court employees should contact the office on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between the hours of 8am and 4pm.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Department of Public Works will continue to collect trash as normally scheduled. Bulk Trash will still be the first full week of the month and Brush pickup will be the third full week of the month. The Public Works Yard is closed until further notice, all Saturday drop off days (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month) have been cancelled until further notice. 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays) and we will make every effort to schedule a pick up depending on working circumstances at that time. Additionally, unless needed the Department of Public Works will be closed on Fridays until further Notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
CLOSURE OF PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
By order of Township Administration, and in compliance with Executive Order #104 from Gov. Murphy, all Lumberton Township parks and playgrounds will be closed to public use effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. In regards to the Township’s walking trails and paths we are allowing for individuals to utilize these trails and encouraged them to keep with social distancing standards. However in an effort to restrict access to our playgrounds and parks to stop the grouping of individuals, parking is prohibited, along with any use of these facilities at these locations. Periodically Township officials will be monitoring these areas to enforce these restriction but we ask that residents please encourage those in your household to heed these regulations.
TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
The regularly Township Committee meetings will go on as scheduled, the next being this Thursday, April 16th at 7:30 PM. In keeping with state social distancing directives, local attendance will be limited to 10 persons including five Township officials (Mayor, Administrator, Township Clerk, Township Solicitor and Deputy Township Clerk). The remaining 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 April 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.
All Lumberton Schools as well as RVRHS, BCIT and BCSSD will be closed from March 16 through April 20 in accordance with Burlington County Health Department directives. Remote instruction for LTSD will begin Tuesday, March 17. School breakfast/lunch meal distribution will also begin on Tuesday in accordance with announcements made by School Administration. 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.
During this school closure, parents/guardians are strongly encouraged not to allow students to congregate in large groups where heightened risk of disease transmission could occur. Small gatherings under supervised means where interactions can be monitored are preferred.
The Lumberton Twp OEM has issued the follow Health Emergency Declaration for Lumberton Township. Below you will find a copy of the Declaration
The 2020 Census Is Ready for America to Respond Invitations to Respond Arrive at Households March 12-20
MARCH 11, 2020 — The 2020 Census is getting underway and is ready for America to respond as the first invitations begin to arrive at the nation’s estimated 140 million households March 12-20. For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail.
“Invitations are arriving in mailboxes across the country, and everyone will receive an invitation to respond through the mail or from a census worker soon,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said. “We are encouraging everyone to respond once they receive their 2020 Census invitation.”
A sample of the 2020 Census questionnaire is available on 2020census.gov along with more information about when most people will receive their invitations in the mail. The invitation mailings are addressed to “Resident” at the household address and do not include an individual’s name. In areas more likely to respond online, mailings contain information on how to respond online. Households in areas of the country that are less likely to respond via the internet will also receive a paper questionnaire in their first mailing, along with information on how to respond online. All nonresponding households will receive a paper questionnaire after two more reminder mailings.
Along with the invitations, people can expect to find an overview of the census, a description of language assistance in English plus 12 non-English languages and a census ID number linked to their address. About 13 million households across the nation will receive bilingual English/Spanish invitations and questionnaires.
For a small portion of the country, in areas where mail is generally not delivered to the physical location of residences (e.g., small towns with P.O. box-only delivery), census enumerators will visit households to either hand-deliver invitations and paper questionnaires or to conduct interviews with households to collect their census data. The 2020 Type of Enumeration Area Viewer, an interactive map application, shows how different geographic areas will be invited to respond to the 2020 Census and which areas will not receive an invitation.
“Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of your community,” Dr. Dillingham said. “The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and influences how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated for critical public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges over the next 10 years.”
The Census Bureau has created an interactive response rates map at 2020census.gov/response-rates so America can keep track of how they’re doing. Beginning on March 20, the map will be updated daily to reflect current response rates from communities around the country. For comparison, the map also displays the final response rate from the 2010 Census.
The Census Bureau launched a public education and outreach campaign to inform the public on how and when to respond. Below is a timeline of Census Bureau mailings inviting households to respond online, by phone or by mail.
- March 12-20: The U.S. Postal Service will deliver initial invitations to respond online and by phone. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
- March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
- March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
- April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
- April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded.
If a household does not respond to the census, a census taker will follow up in person. In most cases, this will begin in mid-May and conclude in late July. Households can still respond on their own during this period, and if they do, they will be removed from the nonresponse follow-up workload. People are encouraged to answer all questions on the 2020 Census to avoid having a census taker knock at their door.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of communities. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers for public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals and bridges over the next 10 years.
For more information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus situation a “pandemic”, meaning that sustained virus transmission is now ongoing in multiple countries. This has caused our country, state and town to shift our strategy from one of preparedness and planning to response.
There are over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 identified in the U.S. and 38 deaths, including 1 in NJ. There are 23 presumed cases in NJ. We are not aware of any in Lumberton currently.
Last evening, the President addressed the nation and placed restrictions on travel, waived certain medical co-payments for COVID-19 treatments and instructed the SBA to provide low-interest loans to small business in an effort to counteract the physical and economical impact of this virus.
As a community, we must all work together to stem the spread of this virus and minimize its impact on our daily lives and our local economy. Together with our public safety agencies, our schools and local businesses, Lumberton Township is preparing to meet this challenge.
Everyone in the community plays a role in stopping the spread of coronavirus, so please read through and practice the following guidelines as directed by the NJDOH and CDC:
- Personal hygiene is extremely important in protecting you and your family. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and the use of sanitizing hand wash is your best defense.
- Practice “social distancing” – avoid large gatherings and crowds such as at sporting arenas/stadiums, concert halls and other public spaces. When in groups, try and remain 6 feet or more from others. Forgo handshakes, hugs and other close contact outside of family members.
- Limit travel, particularly on long flights. Cruise ship travel is highly discouraged. Use care if traveling significant distances by bus or train to avoid touching common surfaces, and carry hand sanitizer with you.
- Be prepared for school closings/event cancellations and have a plan for alternate child care if you cannot stay home.
- Check with employers on telecommuting, remote access to work from home, and sick leave policy changes.
- Have a plan ready to care for sick family members, preferably in a separate room of the house with a segregated bathroom.
- Be sensitive to what you post on social media! Only trust information from official sources. Mis- or unverified information can lead to grave anxiety and responses by the public which can cause strife in the community. Think before you post about what effects your comments can have.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and coronavirus, please call 1-800-222-122 (1-800-962-1253 if using an out of state phone). DO NOT call this number if you are sick – contact your local healthcare provider.
Lumberton Township OEM
Lumberton Twp. Emergency Services
35 Municipal Dr
Lumberton, NJ 08048
2020 Lumberton Township
The Lumberton Township Committee Reorganized and welcomed Committeewoman Rue Ryan to the Board last evening. In addition, Committeeman Ryan Tuno and Committeewoman Kendra Hatfield were unanimously selected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the year 2020.
“My colleagues and I on the Township Committee would like to welcome our newest Committee Member, Committeewoman Rue Ryan to the Board. We are looking forward to a productive year of working together to continue to make Lumberton Township a great community to live, work and raise a family.” Mayor Ryan Tuno.
Committeewoman Rue Ryan being sworn in by State Sen. Troy Singleton, with her husband and three children.
Mayor Ryan Tuno, with his two children, being official sworn in by State Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego.
Deputy Mayor Kendra Hatfield being sworn in by State Den. Dawn Marie Addiego, with her daughter holding the bible.
From right to left, Deputy Mayor Kendra Hatfield, Mayor Ryan Tuno and Committeewoman Rue Ryan.