Lumberton Township will continue to hold our traditional Memorial Day Services at 1pm at the War Memorial located at the Village Green Park. Due to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order this service will be closed to the public, however the Lumberton Township Committee will live-stream the Services on the Lumberton Township Mayor’s Facebook Page which is @LumbertonTwpMayor. The traditional Memorial Day Parade down Main Street has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
At the conclusion of our Memorial Day Services, the Lumberton Township Committee will hold an additional service at 1:30pm which will be a rededication ceremony of the Bryan Freeman Park Memorial located at the flagpole within the park. This service will also be live-streamed courtesy of the Lumberton Township Committee on the Mayor’s Facebook Page (Lumberton Township Mayor’s Page) and all are invited to watch.
This weekend please take a moment to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, most especially Lumberton’s own Bryan Freeman as we commit a new plaque in his honor. God Bless our military and the United States of America.
Lumberton Township Offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 25, 2020. Offices will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Below Please Find a Link to the Draft Agenda for the May 21, 2020 Lumberton Township Committee Meeting
Please be advised that unless directed by the Governor, the State, County or Local Office of Emergency Management, Lumberton Township Committee will conduct its May 21, 2020 meeting as scheduled at 7:30 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 ten people 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 May 21, 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 portion at the May 21, 2020, Lumberton Township Committee 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).
Additionally, the meeting will be livestreamed via Facebook on the Lumberton Township Mayor’s site. The Township will not be monitoring the Facebook live chat stream during the meeting and no comments provided in the Facebook chat stream will be made part of the official record of the meeting.
Published by: Bobbie Quinn, RMC, Lumberton Township Clerk
Grace Period for 2nd Quarter Taxes is Extended to June 1, 2020
by the Township Committee with the Passage of
Residents are Reminded if Taxes are not Paid by June 1,
Interest will be calculated going back to the Original
May 1 Due Date In Accordance with Executive Order 130
Our drive up Tax Window will still remain closed to the public.
Tax Payments may be dropped off at the
Tax Drive-up Window drop box.
Payments can be made through our online system
or by mailing to the Tax Collector’s Office,
35 Municipal Drive Lumberton NJ 08048.
Questions, Please Contact the Tax Collector
Monday through Friday at 609-267-3217 ext. 112
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 and May 30, 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.
CLOSURE OF PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
All Lumberton Township playgrounds, and basketball courts remain closed to public use in keeping with Executive Orders #104 & #118 until further notice. The Township’s walking trails and paths however remain open to individuals to utilize at their pleasure. All persons are strongly encouraged to keep with social distancing practices. However, in an effort to discourage access to our playgrounds and ball courts and prevent the congregation of individuals, parking is prohibited along with any use of these facilities at these locations.
Effective May 2, 2020 at sunrise, the Canoe Launch on Chestnut Avenue will reopen to the public for public boating. Social distancing rules are in effect while utilizing the canoe launch. Effective May 9, 2020 at sunrise, the Public tennis courts at Bryan Freeman Park will be open for normal use by Lumberton residents. Courts are restricted to 4 players maximum at a time per court, and all social distancing rules must be followed. The parking lot will also be reopened for use but will be monitored as group activities are still not allowed. Additionally, effective May 9, 2020, the Dog Park at the Village Green will also be open for unrestricted use.
As previously stated, Lumberton Township playgrounds and basketball courts remain closed to public use in keeping with Executive Orders #104 & #118 until further notice. 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)||CLOSED|
|Park Playgrounds (Public/Private)||CLOSED|
TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
The regularly Township Committee meetings continue as scheduled, the next being this Thursday, May 21st 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your comments by 4:00 p.m. on May 21, 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 limited hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Construction Official/Lumberton Twp.
The Lumberton Twp OEM has issued the follow Health Emergency Declaration for Lumberton Township. Below you will find a copy of the Declaration
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19:
The NJ Poison Control Center and 2-1-1 have partnered to provide information to the public on COVID-19. The hotline number is 1-800-962-1253. Or, you can call 2-1-1 with questions or concerns, or to access NJ’s statewide comprehensive information and referral service. Or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. Additionally, NJ launched a COVID-19 Information Hub, covid19.nj.gov, where residents can get up-to-date information.
IF YOU’RE SICK:
Call your doctor if you’re sick or if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Your doctor can give you medical advice if you develop a fever or other symptoms.
A testing site opened on Friday at Bergen Community College for NJ residents only (proof of ID necessary) and those exhibiting symptoms. The site will have the capacity to test 2,500/ week. Monmouth County site is opening today at PNC Bank Arts Center. There are also plans for a testing site to open at Camden County College in Blackwood once tests become available, and the Burlington County Coronavirus Task Force is looking to set up a site within the county soon.
CLOSURES, CROWDS, AND CURFEWS:
All social gatherings and assemblies, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled including conferences, large meetings, parties, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. Please note that law enforcement may charge folks who disregard these rules.
The Governor ordered the following businesses to close: non-essential retail; casinos and racetracks; gyms and fitness centers; entertainment such as movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, and nightclubs; shopping malls; places of public amusement; and personal care businesses such as barbershops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash studios, tanning salons, and tattoo and massage parlors. Bars and restaurants must be closed for on-premise dining but may provide take-out and delivery service only.
Certain essential businesses and facilities are considered exempt from these closures includes grocery and pet stores, food banks, medical industries, pharmacies and medical supply stores, gas stations, banks, and restaurants for take-out/ delivery. A complete list can be found here: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/businesses-and-organizations/how-do-executive-orders-no.-107-and-108-on-closures-and-social-distancing-affect-my-business
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES:
The State has created a new webpage for businesses with questions related to COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus. There is a portal to submit a question or use the chat tool. http://cv.business.nj.gov/
RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
The US Small Business Administration approved NJ for disaster relief.
WORKER PROTECTION PROGRAMS:
Visit NJ Department of Labor’s website to determine if you are eligible for unemployment, family leave, earned sick time or worker’s compensation benefits during the coronavirus outbreak. The chart below is a useful tool. For more info:
FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT:
Many residents have reached out to our office for help with unemployment benefits. The NJ Department of Labor is encouraging anyone seeking benefits to apply on their website: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/
The NJ Board of Public Utilities announced that utilities have suspended all shut-off orders for electric and gas. https://www.bpu.state.nj.us/bpu/newsroom/2020/approved/20200313.html
Governor Murphy recently enacted a moratorium on removals due to evictions and foreclosures. However, we know that the next few weeks, maybe months, may be financially challenging for some. NJ Department of Community Affairs has various rental assistance programs that can help during times like these and is accepting applications. Learn more: https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/
SOCIAL SERVICES/ CHILDCARE
For information on childcare, cash shelter and food assistance, NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid, individuals with disabilities, mental health and substance abuse, and support for older residents please visit:
Sadly, people will try to take advantage of others during times of crisis. Beware of scams and price gouging during this public health emergency. Report it at NJ Consumer Affairs: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/
All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies will be closed. All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 have been extended by two months. Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online at www.NJMVC.gov. If your REAL ID Appointment was cancelled due to Agency closure from March 16, 2020 through March 29, 2020, keep your cancellation email. When MVC re-opens, you can bring the email to your appointment agency anytime within 30 days and get a REAL ID without an appointment.
Chief Justice Rabner announced that municipal court sessions in New Jersey will be suspended for two weeks to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. More information about the closures may be found online at njcourts.gov.
The NJ Department of Agriculture has a list of Food Banks that serve each New Jersey County: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/pdf/EFO%20%20Listing.pdf
IRS has extended tax deadlines from April 15 to July 15.
We are in the midst of the 2020 Census. Our current public health emergency is a reminder of the importance of having an accurate Census count. Even if you received an invitation by mail, or even if you have not, you can still complete the Census online at my2020Census.gov. It’s simple and only takes 10 minutes to complete.
NJ TRANSIT is running special weekday service beginning Monday, March 23rd, 2020. The River Line special weekday schedule maybe be found on NJ TRANSIT’s website by clicking here. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 response, customers are strongly encouraged to sign up for My Transit alerts and activate push notifications on the mobile app to receive the latest status of the system.
For loan deferment due to unemployment: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/Relief%20Options/Unemployment.pdf.
For loan deferment due to temporary total disability: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJCLASSTempDisabilityForm.pdf.
For loan deferment due to financial hardship: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/Relief%20Options/Financial%20hardship.pdf.