Become a Citizen Leader in Sustainability

Medford prides itself on its small town charm, its unique history and its rural character, located in the midst of the New Jersey Pinelands. This is what has attracted people to Medford for decades now. Come to this free workshop on January 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Medford Memorial Community Center to learn how to protect and improve these important qualities. You will also learn the tools and techniques to become effective and engaged local advocates for Pinelands preservation in your community.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance and The Citizens Campaign are pleased to offer this free workshop to learn about best practices for creating a sustainable community and how to get involved in your local government. Topics to be covered will include: mixed-use and walkable neighborhoods; energy conservation and renewable energy; water quality and conservation; stormwater management and low-impact development; and preservation of historic and natural areas. Participants will also learn how to advocate for sustainable communities as a citizen journalist, appointed official, or citizen legislator.

Jaclyn Rhoads, Director for Conservation Policy with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Renee Koubiadis, Assistant State Campaign Director with the Citizens Campaign will lead this discussion. “It is critical for Medford residents to be involved in the development and operation of their community,” said Jaclyn Rhoads, “A community is only sustainable if it has community members supporting the concept. With resident involvement, a community will become more efficient and appealing in the future.”

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance supports sustainable community design and development and using resources more efficiently, because these measures will reduce the burden on the Pinelands natural resources and ensure its protection and the protection of resources globally.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Date: Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford NJ 08055

Sponsored by The Citizens Campaign and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Becky at becky@pinelandsalliance.org or 609-859-8860 x21. You can also RSVP online here: https://citizenscampaign.wufoo.com/forms/r7p8x7/

The Citizens Campaign, founded in 1998, works to cultivate a culture of service and develop a new generation of leaders – leaders who put service over personal gain. We give people a tool kit to get results on issues they care about. Through live events and online classes, The Citizens Campaign has educated thousands of New Jerseyans in how to navigate the power structure of government and to exercise leadership beginning with their own hometowns. The Citizens Campaign educates citizens how to get results through 5 powerful nonelected leadership positions, as citizen legislators, political navigators, citizen journalists, political party committee people, and appointed officials. The Citizens Campaign led the successful fight for the adoption of pay-to play protections at the state level. New Jersey now has the strongest state pay-to-play reform law in the nation.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) was founded in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to advocate for preservation of the New Jersey Pinelands and to educate the public about the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of this unique region. PPA is the only statewide environmental organization whose sole mission is the preservation of the 1.1 million acres of the Pinelands.

Medford Sanitation Changes

Medford Township has out-sourced the weekly curb-side trash collection. Details of the change to outsourced trash collection are being finalized and will be mailed to all residents. The contractor, Casworth Services, Inc., was chosen by a competitive bid in the fall, and will begin serving Medford Township on January 8, 2013.

Due to the fact that Casworth will complete all trash collection in Medford in 4 days each week instead of the current 5 day collection schedule, there will be some changes to the collection schedule. The details of the schedule changes are being finalized by the Township, and will be mailed to all affected residents when the are completed.

Casworth will collect trash using automated trucks similar to what Medford uses now, and resident will continue to use the same trash totes they currently have.

The contract with Casworth includes bulk trash collection twice per month at curbside. Bulk will be collected on Wednesday. Half of the town will have bulk collected on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, the other half will have bulk collected on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday. The mailing to resident will identify which areas are collected on which weeks.

  • Casworth will be collecting Christmas trees two (2) weeks in January. Information will be in the Township mailer.
  • Hours at the Township garage (“dump”) will be reduced to the 3rd Saturday of each month, per month.

Outdoor Storage By-Law Defeated

Three residents approached the Board regarding outdoor storage for trash and recycling receptacles. The Board reviewed logistics, dimensions, and content for an outdoor storage. The underlying principals for the drafting of a change to the By-Laws regarding outdoor storage were: non-encroachment on neighbor’s property; protection of future home owners of said encroachments; complete and permanent screening from view; eliminating increased risk of damage caused by animals.

A quorum was met for the vote and the proposed By-Law change was narrowly defeated by a vote of 34-33. Therefore, the Board will enforce the existing By-Law, which allows for fines when trash and recyclable containers are stored outside the dwelling.

Medford Township Brush Pickup – Update

The pickup of vegetative debris, or brush, left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will begin this week. Residents are asked to move all brush curbside immediately and to avoid placing it under wires or low hanging trees. The Township has contracted with Ceres Environmental to remove and dispose of the brush along the Township right-of-way. Brush pickup is expected to begin within the next day or two in Zone 1 and will progress rapidly through the remainder of the zones. The contractor will be working during daylight hours, seven days a week and will only make one pass. Any problems or issues with the contractor should be reported to the Public Works Department at 609-654-2608, ext. 322.

The pickup of brush is separate and apart from the Township leaf collection program. Please follow previous guidance issued by the Public Works Department regarding the status of leaf collection.

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