Board of Education Meetings

Board of Education Meeting July 24, 2014

Posted on 25 July 2014

Board of Education Meeting July 24, 2014 from Haddonfield Civic Association on Vimeo.

This summer meeting of the Board of Education had statements from teacher representatives lobbying the board to settle their contract before school starts. Of note the board approved the purchase of 2 buses to replace buses that have passed the legal limit of 15 years of service. Also approved were new teacher hires and new curriculum maps for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in social studies. It was reported that some summer projects such as an emergency roof repair on HMHS A wing, a repaving of the HMHS parking lot and a new card entry system for the high school are either in progress or completed.

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Planning Board Meetings

Planning Board Meeting July 1, 2014

Posted on 02 July 2014

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The July 1 Meeting to hear the application on the subdivision of 605 Warwick Rd started with a discussion on the completeness of the application before the board. The major discussion point was the need for a stop sign and related traffic study at Gill and Treaty Elms due to the proposed new driveway in the plan. After opinion of the Borough Engineer that the stop sign and study were necessary regardless of this application, in a 6-3 vote the Planning Board accepted the application as complete and began to hear argument on the application itself. Due to the late hour of the proceedings the application process will continue at the August meeting. The major discussion that took place at this meeting surrounded the storm water runoff portion of the subdivision plan.

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Board of Education Meetings

Board of Education Meeting June 26, 2014

Posted on 27 June 2014

Haddonfield Board of Education meeting June 26, 2014 from Haddonfield Civic Association on Vimeo.

The highlight of the June 26th Haddonfield Board of Education meeting was a presentation on population trends facing the borough over the next 5 years. Haddonfield defies State trends by having a slightly decreasing population, lower birthrates than average but still has a growing student population. Haddonfiled currently has the highest number of students in district since 1971 when 2600 students were enrolled and the demographer forecast we could go over 2800 students in the next 5 years. The meeting began with recognition of district and state winners in Science Olympiad from Elizabeth Haddon, Odyssey of the Mind from Central School as well as a Presidential Scholar from the High School that recognized a student and a teacher from HMHS.

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Haddonfield Borough Commissioner Meetings

Commissioners’ Special Water Utility Meeting June 25, 2014

Posted on 26 June 2014

Special Haddonfield Water Utility meeting June 25, 2014 from Haddonfield Civic Association on Vimeo.

This special meeting of the Haddonfield Commissioners presented to the public the detailed information about a possible sale of the Water and Sewer utility. Included in the night were presentations by our engineers as well as American Water, the highest bidder and identified potential buyer. Citizen comments were also spirited.

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Haddonfield Borough Commissioner Meetings

Commissioners’ Meeting June 10, 2014

Posted on 11 June 2014

Haddonfield Commissioner Meeting June 10, 2014 from Haddonfield Civic Association on Vimeo.

The June 10th Meeting saw the passage on second reading of the updated Historic District Ordinance. The changes allowed more flexibility to homeowners to preserve their properties while still utilizing more modern material and approaches where appropriate. Also approved on second reading was a bond ordinance for the purchase of Boxwood Hall. This puts to rest a builder suit against our Zoning Board who has repeatedly denied permission for multi-family units built in the historic district on such a significant property to our town's history.

Citizen comments included a builder purposely trying to kill mature trees in defiance of an approved landscape plan that saves the tree, concern about storm water runoff and the emergence of mosquito season exacerbated by runoff and pooling water issues around town.

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Planning Board Meetings

Planning Board Meeting June 3, 2014

Posted on 04 June 2014

Haddonfield Planning Board Meeting June 3, 2014 from Haddonfield Civic Association on Vimeo.

The June 3rd meeting of the Haddonfield Planning Board was scheduled to hear the application for the site plan regarding 605 Warwick Rd. However the applicant's representatives asked for a reschedule to revise their plans based on community input and opposition. While the original plan called for the saving of 75% of the existing house, the amended plan will call for its complete demolition and 3 houses erected on the various tax lots that make up the property. Later in the meeting there was a spirited debate regarding asking for land owners to make contributions to the Shade Tree fund if they ask for permission to remove existing trees. A majority of the planning board felt this was a form of "ply-to-play" and suggested a revision to ordinance would be required for such an arrangement.

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