ICYMI: Budget Address 2020: Worth a watch for every New Jersey resident but extra special for Aurelio Sotelo, a graduate of Lindenwold High School, whom Governor Murphy recognized for outstanding achievement. Thank you Governor Murphy! Congratulations to Aurelio, his family and the Lindenwold education system! #shoutouttoLindenwold #StrongerFairerNJ #LoveLindenwold
To hear the nod to Aurelio and Lindenwold, fast forward to 29:15.
Thank you to everyone who contacted us regarding last week's ABC News story. While embarrassing for the town as a whole, this incident provides an excellent opportunity for us to grow as a Borough and community. For those who aren't familiar, below is a link to Chad Pradelli's investigative piece. Despite complaints, N.J. mayor refuses to move illegally parked RV
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We as the residents, the taxpayers - the ones who pay the bills - can harness this tremendous opportunity to generate growth for our beloved Borough of Lindenwold. To help answer the many questions we are getting, we offer a long-winded update. Feel free to share with other concerned citizens. The RV was moved. As many of you noted, Lindenwold has a bit of history with Code Enforcement issues. While many challenges still exist, we are happy to report, Mayor Roach announced at this year's Reorganization meeting, that our borough officials enforced 2700 Code Compliance issues in 2018. It seems we may finally be on the right track. See video here. Be that as it may, to help save taxpayers money and to ensure an unbiased operation, many surrounding towns now utilize PROCHAMPS to help with codes problems, handle foreclosures and fight blight.
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That being said, Lindenwold has an established set of Community Standards (Codes), and your property taxes pay the salaries of your Borough officials, who are tasked with upholding said standards. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help make your taxes work for you and the greater good of Lindenwold. First, compile a list of the offending properties. Include pictures* and the code violation** if you can (see below). Then, email that list and pictures to your Codes Official, Wayne Hans, at email@example.com and "copy" the following people: your Mayor, Richard Roach, at firstname.lastname@example.org, your Codes Councilman Liaison, Justin Jackson, at email@example.com, your Borough Administrator, Dawn Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org and your Borough Solicitor, Dave Capozzi, at email@example.com. This process will document your request and ensure that it doesn't fall through the cracks. If there's no improvement after 30 days, forward a copy of the email to your Camden County Board of Freeholders at: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that they look into the matter. *Images of properties that have been non-compliant for more than 2 years are freely available via Google Maps using the "satellite" or "street" view. Dates in the upper left corner will indicate when the picture was taken and also provide evidence of how long the property has been non-compliant. **Borough of Lindenwold Codes can be found here. Second, consider a tax appeal, which are heard at the county level. According to research, between 30 and 60 percent of taxable property has an inflated assessment. Any financial advisor worth their weight, recommends that homeowners appeal their tax assessment annually. The strategy being, that for a little bit of time and effort you just might get an assessment reduction, which will lower your taxes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. In addition to appropriate "comps," in the evidence section, be sure to include pictures of all of the offending properties and argue that your property (and everybody else's) aren't worth what they're assessed because our Borough officials aren't upholding our Community Standards. The deadline for appeals is April 1st. For more information, click here. Good luck! Here's to a Better Borough!
A Road Diet - "almost always slowing traffic and improving safety and economic vitality alike." Sounds like the perfect prescription for Gibbsboro Road and the White Horse Pike. #strongtowns #roaddiet #slowthecars #lovelindenwold We bring this up for a few reasons. Lindenwold could certainly benefit from improved safety and economic vitality, and because the New Jersey DOT is currently re-designing one of the Most Dangerous Intersections in the state, which happens to be in Lindenwold at the crossroads of Gibbsboro Road and the White Horse Pike. We wrote about their Information Session a few months back. Check out this article from Strong Towns about how the forward-thinking Iowa DOT is helping educate people about the benefits of Road Diets.
Did you know that both Carlton Street and Carlton Ball Fields are named after Carlton Rouh, a Lindenwold native who was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor, two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star between 1942 and 1944 for his service in the USMCR. Here he is with President Truman.
Did you also know that you can read about Carlton and all of the History of Lindenwold in our very own, namesake book. Not every town has a book written about it. Published in 1979, The History of Lindenwold was written by life-long Lindenwold resident, Charles Shaylor and covers hundreds of stories about Lindenwold and its people. Want your own copy of The History of Lindenwold? Borough Hall has them available for $15. Currently, the Lindenwold Public Library shows 5 of 6 copies available. Here are the call numbers. Or if you need help finding it, ask Library Supervisor and Mayor's wife, Mrs. Brenda Roach. Click here to check its current status.
As the year comes to a close, we celebrate some of the Best Lindenwold News of 2018. Feel free to add your own in the comments. In no particular order, here are some of the Best Stories of Lindenwold in 2018:
Politically speaking, Lindenwold is historically a democrat strong-hold. That being said, the Lindenwold Borough Democrats, known as the "Democrat Club", has for decades, nominated and chosen all Lindenwold Borough leaders. The Club meets on the 2nd Mondays of the month at 30 Strikes Bowling Alley and is open to all Lindenwold residents, 18 or older, who are registered Democrats.
The Club recently elected some new leadership and Lindenwold Mayor Richard Roach conducted the swearing-in ceremony. Congratulations to incoming:
Good day to all my fellow lindenwold residents.......
Happy holidays to you and your families.
This year coming up will be a great year to start what you've been putting off in this year; I would ask that you reflect on what you could've done and do it without hesitation.
By the way I want to give you all some good news. This picture below show the swearing in of Tina Pearman as our Corresponding Secretary, Jane as our Recording Secretary, Chris Rasmussen as our Treasurer, Shabazz Ahmed as our Sargeant in Arms, Brenda Roach as our Vice President and myself as our President of our Democratic club. The swearing in was performed by our Mayor Richard Roach.
Thank you everyone for believing in us and what we want to do as a team.
Let's remember that the positions we hold are positions of service; so let's do our best. READY!!!!! SET!!!!!!! GO!!!!!!!!!