Comegno Reappointed Bridge Commission Chairman
Vows to Continue Shared Services and Tax Relief Initiatives
At its November 10th reorganization meeting, Burlington County Bridge Commissioners re-elected John Comegno to serve as Chairman. Comegno reaffirmed his threefold commitment—to taxpayers, toll-payers, and the environment—as he looked ahead to the Commission continuing to keep its bridges safe and affordable, while at the same time providing tax relief and jobs to Burlington County residents. Priscilla B. Anderson was also re-elected to the position of Vice-Chairwoman.
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“Internally, there’s accountability. Technologically, there’s safe bridges and unprecedented innovation and collaboration. Economically and in the area of shared services, there’s steadfast commitment,” said Chairman Comegno, referring to reforms enacted at his direction, the Commission’s “smart technology” partnership with Drexel University, and projects like the Rancocas Creek cleanup which are saving Burlington County taxpayers millions of dollars. “I’m proud to continue to serve as the Commission’s chairman, and to continue to work with my fellow Commissioners and the great people here at the Commission who do the work that provides safe bridges and tax relief for our citizens.”
The Commission also adopted its annual notice of meetings, which includes evening meetings to make them more accessible to the public.
Commissioners also affirmed their commitment to the positive initiatives they’ve undertaken. “We will continue to hold the line on tolls while we help the taxpayers of Burlington County,” said Vice Chairwoman Anderson. “Just because the economy is showing some signs of recovery doesn’t mean that people are back on their feet financially.”
Commissioner Singleton added that the Commission should continue its efforts to be involved in programs that put residents to work. “From the ‘Greenbacks to Go Green’ energy program, to the improvement projects in our host cities, the Commission’s economic development programs are helping people go back to work,” said Singleton. “And that’s one of my priorities.”
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 approximately $14 million dollars. The Commission’s grantwriting services have resulted in 22 municipalities receiving a total of more than $6.9 Million in funding, all at no cost to the taxpayers.
Drexel Engineering Students Participate in First-Ever "Living Laboratory" Classroom at Tacony-Palmyra Bridge
Rather than reporting to a lecture hall for class, 50 Drexel University engineering students enrolled in CIVE 201 "Introduction to Infrastructure engineering" instead reported to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge which made its debut as a "Living Laboratory."
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The first and only educational opportunity of its kind, the collaborative research program, supported by the Burlington County Bridge Commission and developed by Pennoni Associates and Drexel University, explored how to use technology to transform real structures into living laboratories and project them into the classroom.
On two consecutive Fridays, October 23 and 30, students got hands-on experience learning about the products designed, maintained and preserved by engineers; load paths of various sections of the bridge; overall bridge scale and more.
Living Laboratory classroom activities included a bridge tour, interaction with Pennoni Engineers and Bridge Commission staff, stations that focus on technology, historical information and recent/current projects.
The initiative was developed by Pennoni Associates and made possible through $900,000 of federal grants awarded to Drexel University. This effort will ultimately enhance the safety and maintenance of the Bridge Commission’s historically significant bridges.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Saturdays in the (Palmyra Cove Nature) Park
Spend some time this fall at Palmyra Cove Nature Park! Guided hikes and the ever-popular Beginning Birding for Adults program are both offered. The first Saturday of the month features guided hikes and the third Saturday of the month is the time for Beginning Birding for Adults.
You might see an American goldfinch, tree swallows, northern cardinals, gulls and a lot more! Next date is Saturday, 11/21, 9 AM to 12 noon. Meet at the Discovery Center. Cost is $10 per person but FREE to PCNP members. For information, call 856-829-1900, ext. 267.
Dendrology, the study of woody plants like trees, shrubs, and vines, comes to Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Join naturalist Kristina Merola December 15, 16, and 17 for a three-day look at the trees and shrubs around Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Learn to identify the local flora by examining the bark, buds, and growth structure.
This adult program is tailored for beginners, but will also include more advanced knowledge about the tree species in the park. Discover what characteristics to look for when trying to identify any tree and shrub species, and the natural history of the flora at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.
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The three-day series begins Tuesday, December 15 and runs through Thursday, December 17, from 9:00 AM to 12 noon each day. Cost is $30 per person for the three-day series but FREE to PCNP members. Reservations required; call 856-829-1900, ext. 267.