Comegno Reappointed Bridge Commission Chairman
Vows to Continue Shared Services and Tax Relief Initiatives
At its November 9th reorganization meeting, John Comegno was re-elected Chairman by fellow Burlington County Bridge Commissioners Priscilla Anderson and Troy Singleton. Comegno reaffirmed his commitment to safe, affordable bridges and tax relief for Burlington County residents. Priscilla B. Anderson was also re-elected to the position of Vice-Chairwoman.
“I’m proud to say that through this struggling economy, we’ve held the line on tolls,” said Chairman Comegno, “all while leveraging our resources for bridge improvements and innovations and leading the county in shared service initiatives like the Rancocas Creek cleanup which is saving Burlington County taxpayers millions of dollars.”
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The Commission also adopted its annual notice of meetings, which includes evening meetings to make them more accessible to the public. Comegno also vowed to continue popular “on the road” meetings, which has brought Commission meetings to locations throughout the county.
Commissioners also affirmed their commitment to finding new and better ways to help the taxpayers of Burlington County, whether through the economic development department recently transferred from the county or through programs like its “Greenbacks to go Green” energy program.
“We want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” said Vice-Chairwoman Anderson. “Not raising tolls is a good start. But providing tax relief through our economic development programs will go a long way toward helping people get 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. “That’s one of my priorities—and a goal that so many of our hard-working citizens want to see made a reality.”
“Through our tax-saving initiatives, we’ve saved Burlington County residents $14 million dollars — that’s a success story I want to keep writing,” Comegno added. “And as Chairman of the Bridge Commission, I plan to do just that.”
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.
Tac-Pal Learning Bridge Draws Brooklyn Students
On Wednesday 10/27, Drexel University held another educational event at the Tacony‑Palmyra Bridge and Palmyra Cove Nature Park. This time, students from Brooklyn Tech High School---roughly 60‑80 aspiring engineers—worked through three different 'modules' designed to introduce the different aspects of civil engineering, primarily design, analysis, and construction.
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After a hands-on tour of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, students participated in three educational experiences. Specifically, they:
- performed experiments on a physical model of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge (“think like engineers!”)
- applied fundamental knowledge of statics to design a structurally efficient truss bridge spanning two feet, using K’NEX building parts
- constructed a 16-foot long steel model of a bridge during this “rapid construction module”
Competitions added to the excitement, as students compared their answers to actual bridge response and tested the efficiency of their K’NEX trusses—winners took home prizes!
The day of fun and learning was hosted by Drexel University, Pennoni Associates, and the Burlington County Bridge Commission.
PCNP will host students and faculty from Haddonfield Memorial High School on Friday, November 19 for another Drexel University Learning Bridge Day.
PCNP Honored with 2010 Community Greening Award
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recently recognized Palmyra Cove’s Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden with its Community Greening Award “for outstanding maintenance of their public planting—improving the quality of life through horticulture.” The 3-foot by 700-foot garden attracts wildlife to this crucially located feeding site for migratory birds. PHS’s Community Greening Award recognizes, individuals, businesses, community groups, municipalities, civic organizations, etc. that have been inspired to improve their communities by planting and maintaining public spaces. In 2010, 84 sites were nominated and 61 were deemed worthy of recognition—including our own PCNP!
Scouting a Great Location at PCNP
On Friday, November 12th, about 16 Southampton Cub Scouts will attend a program facilitated by PCNP’s Ed Sanderson. Fifty Girl Scouts of all ages from Camden will come to PCNP on Saturday, November 20th from 9 AM to 2 PM for a Girl Scout Badge instruction activity.
Like to see how PCNP could be a learning site for your organization? Contact PCNP at 856-829-1900, ext. 264