Our Administration works diligently on many issues every day. We strive to be proactive in public safety, property maintenance issues, and infrastructure improvements just to name a few. As you look around town you will see improvements and construction to many areas. These improvements are being funded with grant money or low interest bonding.
This month, several ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held for many exciting projects such as safety improvements to Locust Grove Boulevard. The project incorporates a design which includes traffic calming to reduce speeding, new lane striping, bike paths and crosswalks, all of which have been funded by the Township with the assistance of state grant money. October also welcomes the opening of a seven-acre open space park in Oak Valley. The purchase was made by the Gloucester County Open Space Preservation Program with funds from Gloucester County Freeholders and Deptford Township.
The new reconstruction of the 50 year old clubhouse for the Oak Valley Athletic Association has begun with 100 percent of the funding coming from donations. Phase II of the safety improvements to Deptford Center Road will soon be completed with grant money from NJDOT. The improvements include road reconstruction and pedestrian/ bike paths, and a new LED traffic signal. If you have been to Fasola Park recently, then I hope you have noticed the new steps and a paver walkway from the Bexhill Farms development, and new tennis courts will be completed by spring. All of the recent improvements at Fasola Park have been funded through Gloucester County Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) grant money.
Some of our initiatives include a Speeding Awareness Program, Anti-Crime Partnership, Economic Development Committee and much more. As you can see, the Administration has worked very hard to gain funding from County and State representatives. The ability to obtain funding saves tax dollars.
Deptford Township Police Department is proud to have two police officers enrolled in the Gloucester County Police Academy, and have hired seven new police officers in the last three years. Throughout the economic downfall, we have avoided layoffs, reduction in services and maintained a stable tax rate. On the average, Deptford Township has the third lowest tax rate in Gloucester County.
We hope that you are excited and pleased with the completed and ongoing improvement projects around the town. Deptford Township is in a great location, with quick access to jobs, terrific recreation opportunities, and a variety of dining and shopping for your every need. Thanks for helping us make Deptford the best town in South Jersey!