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Burlington County to start cost-saving energy aggregation program for some towns in fall

Mt. Laurel Sun Article, July 16, 2016

Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien has announced that the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ cost-saving Energy Aggregation Program will go into effect this September, with participating residents expected to see savings in their October electric bills.

“This Energy Aggregation Program allows Burlington County to make a ‘bulk purchase’ of energy supply at a rate that is guaranteed to be lower than what residents are currently paying to their electric company,” O’Brien said. “We can then offer that lower rate to our residents in participating municipalities. This will help to decrease the ever growing cost of utilities, an issue particularly important to those on a fixed income.”

The Freeholder Board hosted a competitive auction on Tuesday, June 14 to determine the program’s new fixed rate.

“I am pleased to announce that this process has enabled us to obtain real savings for our residents,” O’Brien said. “Customers of Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) will recognize a savings of at least 20 percent over their current rate, with customers of PSE&G recognizing a savings of at least 5 percent and Atlantic City Electric (ACE) customers seeing a savings of at least 13 percent; for an average of more than 12 percent in savings over 14 months.”

O’Brien said combined this means a total savings for residents of more than $2.8 million.

“One of the great things about this program is that, by law, it must offer our residents the lowest available rate,” O’Brien said. “This means that if at any time the default utility rate were to fall below the rate we received at auction, participating residents would receive that lower rate. That way, the savings are guaranteed.”

O’Brien said now that the aggregate rate has been determined, residents in participating towns will receive the lower rate, or they may ‘opt out’ of the program to either their current utility rate or to a third party provider.

“In that way, this plan not only lowers costs but also expands consumer choice by providing residents with a third option not currently available to them,” O’Brien said.

The Burlington County Bridge Commission will partner with the Freeholders to execute the energy aggregation program, providing technical and professional support and services.

This program was made available to all municipalities in Burlington County. Ultimately Burlington City, Cinnaminson, Florence, Lumberton, Moorestown, Palmyra, Southampton, Riverside, Woodland, and Wrightstown all chose to participate in this first round of the program. Those municipalities that have not chosen to participate in this initial launch will have an opportunity to do so in subsequent rounds of the program.

“This program is part of our long standing effort to fight for lower utility costs on behalf of our residents, a fight in which we have had many successes,” Freeholder O’Brien said. “For example, many will remember our public battle to stop New Jersey American Water from increasing water rates by 20 percent in 23 of our municipalities. We gathered more than 11,000 signatures from residents, and confronted the BPU through the mail and in person. When the smoke had cleared, their bid for a $95 million per year rate increase had been cut to less than a third of that amount.”

Please Click on the Below Link to Access the Outreach Kit for the Burlington County Energy Aggregation Program.

Powerpoint on Energy Aggregation Program

Lumberton’d Burlco Energy Aggregation Program Outreach Kit

 

Lumberton Township Promotes a New Police Lieutenant

On the Evening of September 13, 2016, the Lumberton Township Committee promoted a new Police Lieutenant, Lt. Nick Peditto,  who will oversee the Patrol Division of the Police Force.  We congratulate our new Lieutenant and wish him luck in his new position.

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Lumberton Township Recognizes the Lumberton Emergency Squad For its Continued Efforts to Provide Exceptional Care to the Residents and Visitors of the Township

Lumberton, NJ – September 14, 2016 – At the regularly scheduled Township Committee Meeting on September 13th, 2016, Mayor Earlen and the rest of the Township Committee lauded to the Lumberton Emergency Squad (LES) for their efforts since the new EMS contract was implemented at the beginning of this year.  On March 8, 2016, the Committee adopted a Resolution which provided for a new contract for emergency medical services within the boundaries of the Township, seeking to provide an even greater level of care to all residents and visitors to the Township.  That contract was issued to a newly reorganized Lumberton Emergency Squad, Inc.

Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “Recognizing the passing of the first 6 months of this new contract and the successes brought by it, was a priority for my colleagues and me on the Township Committee because the majority of these dedicated individuals are volunteers and we wanted to acknowledge their efforts. Under the leadership of their new Chief Jamie Wood and President Dan Januseski, the Lumberton Emergency Squad has added 17 additional emergency care personnel through streamlining their new member approval process, 6 of which are currently enrolled in EMT classes, 2 are Administrative Support, which has increased their total membership to 27 active volunteers and 8 career personnel.”

Committeeman Mike Mansdoerfer, who serves as the Township Committee Liaison to the LES along with Mayor Earlen stated, “We are extremely thankful for our volunteers both new and existing at the Lumberton Emergency Squad, these individuals are willing to drop what they are doing at any given moment to go help a stranger and it is important for us to recognize their efforts.  By implementing 24/7 duty crews, cross training with both the Lumberton Fire and Police Departments and initiating dual response with the Fire Department for critical calls, our Township Emergency Personnel are able to render appropriate and timely treatment of any patient they come in contact with during their shift.  Most importantly, the LES has decreased its response time by a full minute over last year’s responses.”

In addition, to issuing the Proclamation to the Lumberton Emergency Squad, the Township Committee issued Appreciation Certificated to various Members of its Emergency Services for three separate incidents that resulted in those personnel saving the life of the patient on those calls who was in Cardiac Arrest.

 Proclamation for the Lumberton Emergency Squad

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Lumberton Township Opens New Canoe Launch Along the Rancocas Creek, Thanks in Part to a Grant Received from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program

Lumberton, NJ – September 10, 2016 – Continuing with its commitment to provide more passive recreational activities for its residents, the Lumberton Township Committee, along with the Burlington County Freeholder Board marked the opening of a brand new permanent Canoe Launch, located on Chestnut Street, near the Village Green Park.   The new Canoe Launch will provide a new purpose for the once vacant land that in the past served as the parking lot for the Burlington County Farm Fair.  Township Officials stated that the facility will be open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week for the residents to enjoy public access to the Rancocas Creek.

Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “for decades, if not centuries, the residents of our Township and the surrounding communities in Burlington County have benefited from the many outdoor activities afforded by the Rancocas Creek.” “Particularly in Lumberton Township, our residents have come to love and enjoy their time on the Rancocas Creek and these recreational activities have led my colleagues and me to strategically advance the creation of this permanent Canoe Launch located on Chestnut Street.”

In conjunction, with the Burlington County Freeholder Board, Lumberton Township has been able to fund this new Canoe Launch from grant funds received under the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program. Lumberton Township has received more than $875,000.00 dollars in grant money from the county since it became available in 2011.  Projects that have been funded through this grant include a new playground, Community Garden and Dog Park at the Village Green, in addition to our recently opened Canoe Launch located across the street from the Village Green, sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex, the refurbishment of Turnbridge Park Playground and both playgrounds at Bryan Freeman Park in the Bobby’s Run Development.

The Township is excited that the launch has opened on time and on budget.  Committeeman Jim Conway stated, “our goal as a Township Committee has been to fight for as much grant money as we can to fund these recreation projects  and it is my priority as well as Mayor Earlen’s, as the liaisons for Engineering Projects, to ensure the projects are completed in an efficient and cost effective manner, so that we gain as much as we can from these funds.” The Township also expects the construction of the new Canoe Launch will greatly benefit the annual Lumberton Fall Festival and Paddle event, held by the Lumberton Township Civic Association.  Mayor Earlen stated, “The Township Committee hopes that this new Canoe Launch will make it easier to assist patrons of our Annual Fall Festival and provide for a safe and enjoyable experience for them.”  “We hope to attract more people to this great event to raise awareness of the benefits of having the Rancocas Creek winding through our Town,” said Mayor Earlen.

The Lumberton Fall Festival and Paddle will be held on September 24, 2016 between 9am and 3pm.  For more information, please visit the Lumberton Civic Association website at, www.lumbertoncivic.org. In addition, the Township expects that the remaining projects funded by Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program will be completed by the end of fall, 2016.  It is projected that the Playgrounds at Bobby’s Run’s Bryan Freeman Park and Turnbridge Park will be completed by mid to late September of 2016 and the Township hopes to begin construction on the tennis courts after the completion of the playground projects.

Congressional Proclamation For Canoe Launch

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New Playgrounds Coming to Bobby’s Run Section of Town

Lumberton, NJ – August 3, 2016 – Today, the Lumberton Township Committee launched Phase 1 of its project to refurbish the recreation parks located in the Bobby’s Run section of the Township. Phase 1 of this project will consist of replacing both playgrounds located at Bryan Freeman Park, as well as the playground at Turnbridge Drive.  In Phase 2, it is planned to completely refurbish the tennis courts and provide a facelift to the basketball court located at Bryan Freeman Park, which the Township Committee hopes to start construction on next month.  This overall project is a continuation of the Township Committee’s commitment to refurbishing the Public Parks and Playgrounds throughout Town, all of which have all been funded through grants provided by the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program.

Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “Since 2011, Lumberton Township has received $878,710.00 dollars in grant money from the county and these dollars been used to build a brand new playground, Community Garden and Dog Park at the Village Green, along with a Canoe Launch located across the street from Village Green on the Rancocas Creek, sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex, and the refurbishment of Turnbridge Park Playground.” “Additionally, due to the Township’s diligence and the work of our professionals, all of the previously mentioned projects came in under budget, which has allowed the Township to add the refurbishment of both playgrounds at the Bryan Freeman Park, to this year’s project,” added Mayor Earlen.

“Thanks in part to the Burlington County Freeholder Board we have been able to provide new and exciting recreational activities for our residents to enjoy,” added Committeeman Jim Conway, who serves as one of the Engineering Project liaisons to the Township Committee. “With the grant money we have saved from previous projects, we are now ahead of schedule in our long term plan to revitalize recreation activities throughout the Township and with the funds left over from engineering cost of these projects we will be able to provide much needed refurbishing of the Tennis Courts located at Bryan Freeman Park,” stated Committeeman Conway.

The Township expects that the Playgrounds at Bryan Freeman Park and Turnbridge Park will be completed by mid to late September of 2016 and hopes to begin construction on the Tennis Courts after the playground projects wrap up.

Large Playground Rendering – Bryan Freeman Park

Tot Lot Playground Both Turnbridge and Bryan Freeman Park

Renderings are for the Playground Equipment Only, all background art should be ignored. 

Burlington County Recycling Office is launching a free recycling App for all residents called “RecycleCoach”

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The County Recycling Office is launching a free recycling App for all residents called “Recycle Coach” and it is available now for download on your smartphone from iTunes or Google Play.

Once downloaded, be sure to type and submit your town name first. Then you will be able to enter your street address to start testing out the great features listed below!

With RecycleCoach you can:

• Set personal recycling reminders, so you don’t miss your collection day.

• View your recycling schedule, which automatically adjusts for holiday changes.

• Check out whether an item can be recycled, using the “what goes where” feature.

• Get tips on how to recycle.

• Receive alerts if we have to change collections due to bad weather.

• Receive notifications about future events.

• Report problems includ ing missed collections and damaged recycling carts.

We would like your feedback to uncover any kinks or issues in the program as well as your personal review of the App. Please send your comments to recycle@co.burlington.nj.us or call – 609-499-1001 ext. 266

To download, type in “RecycleCoach” in your app store (Google Play, Itunes, etc.) and begin.

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