Bridge Chairman’s “Safety in Numbers”
Outlines Bridge Commission’s Year in Review
Palmyra, NJ – At the Burlington County Bridge Commission’s first meeting of the new year, Chairman John Comegno unveiled the Commission’s “Safety in Numbers” report, which provided highlights of the Commission’s accomplishments over the past year. He stressed that bridge safety, bridge maintenance and tax relief will continue to be the organization’s focus, with the goal of safe and affordable spans.
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“Despite the economic challenges of 2011, we improved our landmark bridges, provided safe and efficient travel for our loyal customers, and gave property tax relief to the people of Burlington County,” said Comegno. “All while remaining true to our core mission of maintaining safe bridges.”
Comegno’s “Safety in Numbers” report included the following figures for 2011:
• 14.1 million: number of vehicles that crossed the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges
• $15.4 million dollars: total amount saved Burlco taxpayers since 2002 on pooled-lease and pooled loan financing to benefit local governments and nonprofits
• $1.4 million dollars: amount saved by the County, Burlington City, Evesham, Maple Shade and Pemberton by refunding a $37.8 million dollar loan from 2002.
• $929,000: total in small business loans written for Burlco businesses that resulted in 46 jobs.
• $618,000: amount saved by the County and Delanco Sewerage Authority on the refunding of a $9.5 million pooled governmental lease financing
• $562,155: amount of grants awarded to 11 Burlco municipalities (applications sponsored by Commission, so at no cost to towns) — another $509,108 in grant applications still pending (for 9 Burlco towns)
• $150,000: amount saved by purchasing products from approved vendors on the state contract
• 4,000: number of students who visited Palmyra Cove Nature Park
• 1,500: number of motorists assisted by Commission Police each year
• 0.01% (one one-hundredth of one percent): percentage of EZ-Pass violations ($2,400) out of $13.5 million dollars in revenue — a figure that’s unmatched in the industry
• 211: number of tickets issued by Commission Police during the “Click it or ticket” initiative, a seat belt enforcement campaign of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
“But of all these statistics, the number I’m most proud is zero,” Comegno added, “because that represents the toll increase on our bridges. 2011 was the 11th consecutive year for no toll increase at the Bridge Commission’s bridges. As I’ve said before, we’re still the best bargain around.”
Commissioner Troy E. Singleton added, “I’m proud to say we have hundreds of people employed as part of our aggressive capital plan for bridge maintenance, which currently includes 13 active projects and 15 projects in design.” “And that’s on top of the 46 jobs that resulted from small business loans from our economic development department.”
And Vice-Chairman James Fattorini said he looks forward to 2012, when the Commission will expand on its accomplishments of 2011 and add exponentially to the assistance provided to residents in Burlington County: “You can count of us being relentless in pursuing all the dollars we can for struggling Burlington County taxpayers.”
The Burlington County Bridge Commission manages the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges, and through its economic development and improvement authority powers, assists Burlington County municipalities in economic development and community revitalization projects and extends pooled financing options to local governments and nonprofits in Burlington County. These initiatives have resulted in a savings of more than $15.5 million dollars and more than $13.5 million dollars in grant monies for municipalities.
Have a Ball and Help Palmyra Cove’s Educational Programs
What better way to celebrate at Palmyra Cove Nature Park than to enjoy its Frost & Feathers Ball? This gala, held Saturday February 4th, will raise funds for educational programs at PCNP, and offers a night full of cocktails, delicious cuisine, and dancing. PCNP’s own Environmental Discovery Center is transformed for the black tie-optional event, which features the music of Gene Tirpak & Windfall. Tickets, which are available until 1/23, are $125 per person, $200 per couple; corporate rates by request. For information, call PCNP at 856-829-1900, ext. 264.
PCNP: The Solution for a Cooped-up Preschooler
If you’re feeling cooped‐up with your preschooler this winter, come to Palmyra Cove Nature Park for Nature Craft and Story Time. Held Monday and Tuesday mornings each week, children will hear a different nature‐related story and do a craft to go along with it. We will even venture outside for a short hike in good weather!
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Classes run January 9 through February 21 and are held Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Advance reservations are required for each day and participants should call ahead, as classes may be cancelled due to weather. Cost is $5.00 per child per class; free for Palmyra Cove Nature Park Family Members. For information, contact Kristina at 856‐829‐1900, ext. 267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.