Mayor Paul Medany’s Monthly Message - June 2019
Summer arrives this month and June is packed with events for everyone. We start off with our Annual Senior Luncheon at Auletto Caterers on June 3rd at noon. Please see the Township Clerk’s office for tickets. Tuesday, June 4th is Election Day. Be sure to come out and vote. You do have a voice in our democracy. Upcoming events such as Family Movie & Camp out Night will begin on Friday June 7th at 6:00pm at Fasola Park. Don’t forget to sign up with the manager’s office, bring the family out to pitch a tent and watch the movie “Ralph Break’s the Internet.” We will provide the movie, popcorn and water. Pop Shop food truck will also be there for purchase. Friday, June 14th is Deptford High School’s Graduation. Our Congratulations to the “Class of 2019” . And on Saturday, June 29th at noon is our BBQ in Heritage over 55 Community Center and is open to all residents.
One important concern that comes up every June is property maintenance issues. We have a whole department working on code enforcement concerns. We were the first town in the area to create a vacant property officer position. This person works on researching and contacting the responsible parties who owns the properties and works on getting these properties in compliance status. Rental properties must be maintained by the owner or landlord and if there is a problem we urge you to call our Public Works department and give them the address. Business owners and properties must also be kept clean and comply with our property codes. We have a dedicated inspector to keep up with this as well. Our community service program is in full swing. Deptford Township is the only community to have a Compliance Officer. Every Wednesday and Saturday you can see these crews picking up litter, cleaning roadways, parks and much more.
Cleanliness and maintenance is one of our most serious concerns we try to manage in our town. We will not let non-compliant property become a nuisance in our neighborhoods. 100% compliance is our goal for the health, safety and welfare of all of our homeowners and residents.
Recycling is a very large problem throughout our state. Please go onto our website and read about recycling items that can be put into the recycling cans and learn what items you cannot place into recycled cans. We are red tagging noncompliant bins and we urge you to follow the law and educate yourself on what is recyclable. We have no choices left. The recycling industry has eroded since China has stopped accepting non-recyclable items. The only alternative is collect it all as trash and this will be devastating to the environment. We need your help with this.
You will see the Deptford mall has started construction on the vacant Sears building. This is exciting news for us. As we stated before the loss of jobs and Sears closing was a difficult time for the employees and longtime Sears customers. But the Deptford Mall is constantly improving and bringing in new and better ways to serve the community.
Have a great month and we will see you at one of our summer events!