Important Public Notices

Municipal Court Sessions

Due to Covid-19, Salem City Municipal Court will be conducting court sessions by way of virtual ONLY. Below, you will find the information on how to join our Zoom sessions. If you have Zoom, you can use the link below or use the Meeting ID and Password provided. If you do not have access to Zoom, you can dial in by phone (cell or landline) at the number listed below with the same Meeting ID and Password.

Please be advised, that the court sessions are MANDATORY and you must appear virtually before the Judge. Failure to do so may result in penalties against your case.

If you have any questions, it is imperative that you contact the Court before your court date, as no one is available on the day of court. You can contact us at the following:

Phone: (856) 935-1734
Email: (Tierra M. Jennings, Court Administrator) or (Dawn Mizenis, Deputy Court Administrator)

SALEM CITY VIRTUAL COURT SESSIONS

Jun 15, 2021
09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95057558143?pwd=RVQ3TUtBOURHMURJL0dKaSttVVdQdz09
Meeting ID: 950 5755 8143
Passcode: 890125
You can also dial in by phone at the following number: 1(301) 715-8592

Jul 6, 2021
09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98468471428?pwd=MHdEYXRoaTFJVkxVSHd5dzNHUkNsZz09
Meeting ID: 984 6847 1428
Passcode: 846435
You can also dial in by phone at the following number: 1(301) 715-8592

Jul 20, 2021
09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95987991399?pwd=dHJlUWdna2FVanpCeDlsTjNmWjQzQT09
Meeting ID: 959 8799 1399
Passcode: 731034
You can also dial in by phone at the following number: 1(301) 715-8592

Important Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Salem is providing notice that the Salem City Council will conduct a public hearing at its Publicly held Council meeting scheduled for Monday, June 14, 2021; beginning at 6:30pm. The public hearing will take public comment, questions, and suggestions regarding the submission of the Urban Parks Grant Application provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Grant will provide up to $500,000.00 in financial assistance and they City of Salem will apply these funds to the cost of repairing the pool in addition to the basketball and tennis courts in the Salem Recreational Park.

In 2020, Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature dedicated $2.5 million in the State budget to promote urban parks.  The Department of Environmental Protection has established the Urban Parks initiative that will award this funding to successful eligible applicants.

Residents have until Jun 14, 2021 to be able to submit their questions, comments, or concerns in writing to either of the following offices:

City Administration Office
Ben Angeli, Administrator
17 New Market Street
Salem, New Jersey

City Commerce and Economic Development Office
Charles Bailey, Executive Director
17 New Market Street
Salem, New Jersey

 

Salem City Shredding Event

The Salem City Clean Communities Committee is sponsoring a Citywide shredding day on Saturday, 6-12-2021 from 9AM to 12 Noon.

Bring your documents to the Public Works Yard at 515 Grieves Parkway.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of those boxes of unwanted and/or not needed paperwork.

If you have any questions about this event, send an email to Gail Slaughter the City of Salem Clean Communities Coordinator at .

2021 Household Hazardous Waste Days

Salem County Improvement Authority 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Days

Dates & Times: April 17, 2021 and October 16, 2021, 8:00 AM to 12:00 NOON
Location:
286 Welchville Road • Alloway NJ
For more information call: 856-935-7900

We CAN Accept (Please Bring)

  • Oil base paints
  • Solvents, thinners
  • Turpentine, varnish
  • Metal polishers, nail polish
  • Pesticides & herbicides
  • Fertilizer/weed killers
  • Pest poisons
  • Swimming pool acids
  • Gasoline & antifreeze
  • Used oil filters
  • Cleaners
  • Kerosene
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • All fluorescent bulbs
  • Motor Oil
  • Cooking Oil
  • Lithium-ion batteries

 We WILL NOT Accept

  •  Latex, water based paints
  • Unidentified waste
  • Explosives or water reactives
  • Shock sensitive chemicals
  • Radioactive waste
  • Infectious waste
  • 2.4, 5—TP silvex
  • Excess quantities

All materials must be identifiable and/or in original container. *Maximum quantity limited to:
200 pounds of dry material not to exceed 100 pounds per container and/or 20 gallons of liquid not to exceed 5 gallons per container for each participant.

Participation limited to Salem County Residents at no charge.
*NO BUSINESSES ALLOWED*

2021 Document Shredding Events

Attention Salem County Residents

Salem County Improvement Authority 2021 Document Shredding Events

Dates & Times:
March 20, 2021:
9:00 – 12:00 Noon
November 20, 2021: 9:00 – 12:00 Noon

Location:
286 Welchville Road, Alloway

3 Box Limit – per person
(standard paper box size – 10 1⁄2” x 11 1⁄2” x 24”)

Salem County residents ONLY
Paper Only
No need to remove paperclips/staples
**NO BUSINESSES ALLOWED**
Questions call: (856) 935-7900

Public Notice of Sale of Municipal Lands in the City of Salem

TAKE NOTICE that the City of Salem as authorized by Resolution of the Common Council will sell at public auction on March 10, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at 1 New Market Street, Salem New Jersey at which time bids will be received for the following parcels:

Block Lot Street Address Minimum Bid
99 37 12 Pine St $6,000.00
19 22 33 8th Street $2,000.00
82 29 47 Walnut Street $6,000.00
65 13 252 Wesley Street $2,000.00
65 14 254 Wesley Street $2,000.00
39 37 281 Keasbey Street $2,000.00
25 3 278 Grant Street $4,000.00
69 6 357 East Broadway $6,000.00
69 7 359 East Broadway $6,000.00
69 8.01 361 East Broadway $6,000.00

SALE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Any person bidding upon the land and premises shall, by act of bidding accept the terms and conditions of sale as set forth in the Resolution authorizing the sale, the advertisement for sale and conditions made known at the time of auction.
  2. Offers may be made by an individual, partnership, corporation or governmental entity with any or all acting on their own behalf.   Bids will not be accepted from proxies or agents for another.   No bid will be acceptable unless it is made orally.  Unless a bid shall exceed a bid immediately preceding it by at least five hundred ($500.00), it shall not be acceptable.   The bid shall not be assignable.
  3. The City reserves the right to withdraw from sale any of the lands and premises for any reason whatsoever prior to the time the lands and premises are struck off to the successful bidder.
  4. Upon the close of bidding the highest qualified bidder, as designated by the City Clerk or his designee, shall submit 10% of the final  bid in cash or by certified check made payable to the City of Salem and shall immediately execute an offer to purchase at his bid price, which offer shall include the terms and conditions specified herein. Said offer shall be irrevocable for sixty (60) days from the date of the public sale.   This deposit shall be made subject to return in the event of rejection of said offer by the City Council.   If the bidder leaves the public auction without submitting the deposit as required, the property will immediately be exposed for sale, subject to these same conditions.  
  5. All bids shall be referred to the City Council for review and final approval pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13a. The City reserves the right to accept the highest bid or to reject any and all bids including the highest bid, and shall make its decision known by resolution no later than the second regular meeting of the City Council following the sale.
  6. Title shall be conveyed by Deed without covenants and with restrictions set forth herein with final payment to be made in cash or certified bank check at a closing at a reputable title company at a time to be arranged between the purchaser and the City of Salem no later than 60 days from the date of approval of the sale by the City Council.  At settlement, the City will deliver a copy of the Deed.  The successful bidder shall be responsible for the costs of sale including, but not limited to the cost of advertisement for the sale, title search fees, insurance fees, appraisal fees, survey fees, recording fees and other such costs of sale.  The City is not obligated to incur these expenses or provide these services.
  7. All lands and premises are sold in an “AS IS” condition.   The City has performed no inspections to verify the condition and makes no representations regarding the same.      The lands and premises shall be subject to all restrictions, easements, encumbrances, rights of way, zoning ordinances, exceptions, liens, if any and whether any or all are known or unknown and whether or not of record. All lots are conveyed subject such facts as an accurate survey would reveal and any present or future assessments for the construction of improvements benefiting said property.
  8. The City makes no representations and gives no warranties as to the environmental conditions of the properties.   To the extent that the properties have ever been used for industrial purposes or to the extent that a hazardous substance as defined under any environmental law defined hereafter has been released on the properties, the City of Salem and purchaser acknowledge that the sale of the properties may be subject to compliance with the Brownfields and Contamination Site Remediation Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-1, et seq., the regulations promulgated thereunder,  any amending or successor regulations and other Environmental laws as defined herein.      Environmental laws means federal, state and local laws and regulations, common law, orders and permits governing and protecting the environment, including, but not limited to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42, U.S.C. 9601, et seq., as amended CERCLA, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1251, et seq, the Clean Air Act, The Toxic Substance Control Act, the Spill Comprehensive and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1-1 et seq and any amendments thereto together with any other similar laws regulating the environment existing at the time of coming into existence in the future.    Purchases of properties acknowledge that they are taking the properties subject to all environmental conditions existing at the properties.   Purchasers agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the City of Salem from all liability for any claims relating to any contamination or violations of any Environmental laws, as defined above regardless of whether the conditions existed prior to or following closing.    The representations and warranties contained in this paragraph shall survive closing.
  9. No representations, covenants, promises or warranties are made by the City of Salem as to title.   Responsibility for determining clear and marketable title rests solely with the bidders.   The property shall be otherwise sold subject to all existing federal, state, county and municipal laws, including, but not limited to zoning, health, planning laws, rules and regulations.  If, for any reason, a marketable title cannot be delivered by settlement day, because of certain defects against the title held by the City, the City reserves the right to extend the date of settlement by 60 days to cure the defect.  In case the defect cannot be removed within the 60 days, or as otherwise extended by agreement, either party has the right to cancel the agreement by providing written notice to the other and the City shall return the deposit monies.   After the monies are returned, the parties will have no further obligation to the other with respect to the sale of the property.
  10. If the successful bidder defaults, the deposit made at the sale shall be retained by the City of Salem as liquidated damages and shall entitle the City to rescind prior bid approval and terminate any and all rights of the designated bidder in said property.
  11. The governing body shall be prohibited from authorizing or approving the sale or transfer of municipal property to any person, partnership, corporation, professional association, limited liability company or other taxable entity unless the Tax Collector shall certify that the purchaser, transferee, or any partner, shareholders in any corporation or principal or party in interest in any entity shall be free from monetary obligation owing to the City by way of municipal taxes, fees, water and sewer charges, assessments, judgments or any other indebtedness created by law. The governing body shall be prohibited from authorizing or approving the sale or transfer of municipal property to any person, partnership, corporation, professional association, limited liability company or other taxable entity unless the Code enforcement official shall certify that the purchaser, transferee or any partner, shareholders in any corporation or principal or party in interest in any entity shall be free from violation of any property maintenance code, Uniform Construction Code, zoning ordinance , vacant property registration ordinance or any other regulation or ordinance  regarding property that the person or entity owns in the City of Salem.
  12. Any entity submitting a bid shall complete an ownership disclosure statement at the time of the auction.  Upon being designated as the successful bidder, the bidder must present identifying credentials.  For example, an individual must present a picture ID such as a driver license. A person bidding on behalf of a corporation must present a copy of the certificate of incorporation and a letter of authorization of the corporation. A person bidding on behalf of a partnership or using a trade name shall submit a copy of the certificate of trade name and a letter of authorization from all other partners.
  13. The Bids shall be received for the property subject to the conditions or restrictions imposed, easement and reversionary interest to be retained by the City as set forth herein:  The purchaser shall rehabilitate any property conveyed herein that does not meet current building code, property maintenance code, zoning requirements or otherwise at the time of sale.  Rehabilitation of the property means that the property shall be renovated in accordance with all building code, property maintenance code, zoning code requirements for residential use and all other applicable ordinances, regulations and New Jersey Statutes related to the use of the property.  Such rehabilitation shall be completed within 18 months of the sale. The purchaser shall obtain a certificate of occupancy prior to occupancy and in accordance with the City requirements for the same.    The purchaser shall comply with any and all permits or approvals before any work, repairs, demolition or construction is performed.    The buildings shall be boarded or otherwise secured to prevent unauthorized entry or use when vacant and during the rehabilitation.   If the conditions are not satisfied within the required timeframe, the lands and premises shall revert to the City, free and clear of any and all claims, encumbrances or other liens. The City of Salem retains a reversionary interest in all tracts sold for the purpose of assuring compliance with the conditions of sale.  The buyer shall not sell, convey or otherwise transfer the property until the buyer has complied with the conditions herein.  The deed conveying the property shall include these restrictions and right of reversion.  The City shall also maintain a license to enter the property to ensure that the conditions are satisfied.
  14. Successful bidders shall not be permitted to assign their bid nor any right, title or interest in the property on which was bid to any other person or entity prior to closing.

Ben Angeli, RMC City of Salem

City of Salem – WIPA: Notice of Approval

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has approved the City of Salem’s Water Infrastructure Protection Act (WIPA) application on January 22, 2021, acknowledging the presence of Emergent Condition No. 4 (lack of historical investment or sustainable maintenance) and No. 5 (lack of financial capacity). This determination was made in response to the City’s attempt to secure NJDEP approval to sell or long term lease its water and sewer systems through the guidelines described in the WIPA process. Based on supporting information submitted by the City, the NJDEP, in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank), has determined that Salem City lacks the historical investment and financial capacity required to adequately address investment, repair, and sustainable maintenance of its water and sewer systems on a sustainable basis. With approval now granted by the NJDEP, the City intends to proceed with process of evaluating the sale or long term lease of its water and sewer systems to a public or private entity.

A petition may be filed with the municipal clerk, no later than 45 days after the publication of this notice, protesting the sale or long term lease of these assets without a public referendum. Petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk at the following address: 17 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079. If the petition is signed by a number of legal voters of the City equal to at least 15% of the total votes cast in the City at the last election at which members of the General Assembly were elected, a resolution to sell the systems shall not take effect unless the sale is advanced pursuant to R.S.40:62-4 and R.S.40:62-5. If a petition is not filed pursuant to this notice, a resolution to sell the systems shall not be subject to a public referendum.

By Order of the City of Salem
Ben Angeli, RMC
Dated: 2/3/2021

Q & A On Property Maintenance

In an effort to address the recent statements and concerns about the conditions of some of the properties in the City, we have put together the following Q and A. Please keep in mind that the City must abide by certain laws concerning private property rights. Another thing that we must keep in mind is that parts of our City are designated Historic Districts and that adds another layer of regulations that have to be considered. The City has been involved in the process to demolish Jack’s Men’s Store on Broadway for some time and we are getting to the point of getting final approval from the State to move forward with the project.  Mayor Washington had to go to Trenton and make our case to the Historic Preservation Office to get that done.  It has been a long, long process for just one building.

We will address properties both City owned and privately owned.

City owned vacant properties:

Why does the City own these vacant properties? The City has taken ownership through foreclosure due to the property owner not paying their real estate taxes.

Why take possession and not just leave the properties in the owner’s name?  Even if the property owner is not paying taxes to the City, the City is still responsible for paying the school and County taxes due on that property. With an average house assessment at $65,000, the total taxes due would be $4,594.85. The combined school and County taxes would be $2,251.48. If the City takes possession of those properties, they become non-ratable and we do not have to pay the School and County taxes. The City would save over two thousand dollars for each property.  Multiply that by the number of privately owned properties where people have just walked away and that is a considerable amount of money. Another reason for taking possession is that the City then has better control over the future use of that property.

What is the downside of taking possession of these properties? Once we take possession, then the City becomes responsible for maintaining the property.  Currently our Streets Department maintains almost 40 properties not counting vacant properties. The City owns almost 200 vacant properties and maintaining all of them on a regular basis can take some time. We have a plan that will be implemented next year to use Vacant Property Registration fees to hire outside contractors to cut grass and clean up vacant properties. Due to government regulations, we cannot use those funds until 2021.

Privately owned properties:

What does the City do to get private property owners to maintain their properties? The City Code Enforcement Officer will issue a warning to the property owner and they would then have 10 days to comply. If the violation is not corrected, the property owner would be issued a court summons.  Then it is up to the court to assess fines or other penalties. In Salem, we are faced with a situation where some of these people do not bother to show up in court. In those cases, our officer will issue additional summonses, but that usually leads to the same result.

Why doesn’t the City just go in and clean-up those privately owned properties when the owners do not maintain them? The City cannot go onto private property unless all legal steps have been taken including proper notice that the City intends to remediate the property and lien the property for the expense.  We are currently moving in a direction where we will be taking more properties to that step, but that just leads to the issue of who do we get to clean up the property.  If we use City employees, we take them away from their other areas of responsibility.  If we use outside contractors, again where do we get the funds to pay for that cost. Next year, we will be in a better position to hire outside contractors for these properties. I mentioned that we can lien the property owner for the clean-up cost, but experience with some of these property owners tells us that we will never see that money. Eventually the liens and past due taxes will get to an amount where the City will have to look at foreclosing on the property.

What is the City doing to address these issues with City and privately owned properties?  Mayor Washington, Council President Gage and the members of City Council have made cleaning up the City a top priority and these are the steps that the City is taking to deal with these issues:

  1. Hiring additional personnel for the Code Enforcement Office.
  2. Being diligent in following up on violations not remediated and issuing additional summonses.
  3. Taking each case to the level where liens can be placed on the property.
  4. Using Vacant Property Registration fees to cover clean-up expenses.
  5. Using our Clean Communities Grant Funds to pay for clean-ups.
  6. Organizing citizen clean-ups through our Clean Communities Coordinator.
  7. Investigating purchasing cameras to monitor illegal dumping sites throughout the City.
  8. Using County resources like the inmate work programs to do clean-ups.
  9. The City hired a Commerce Director to address our housing issues and he has worked diligently to develop projects that will help with the overall appearance of the City, Good things are happening in that area.
  10. Coordinating with our Public Works staff to target problem areas and developing plans to address them through code Enforcement or clean-up projects.
  11. Mayor Washington has worked very hard on addressing housing issues in the City. He developed the NTI program that promotes home ownership of properties that the City owns. This is a double win for the City as it gets these properties off the City owned list and helps people go through the process of acquiring and owning a home. Home ownership is a key to Salem’s future success. Information on the NTI Program is available on the City website under the Economic Development tab.
  12. In 2018 the City demolished 15 buildings at a cost of over $260,000.
  13. The Governing Body budgeted money this year to demolish additional sites and is currently putting together a new list for consideration.
  14. The City held a trash amnesty week that allowed residents to put out trash without using stickers. This helped the City remove a large amount of debris from our neighborhoods.

We understand that this is an important issue for the City residents and we are working hard every day to tackle this problem.  We are always open to input from our residents.  You can email our City Administrator at .

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Mayor Charles Washington Jr.
Council President Earl Gage
Councilman Timothy Gregory
Councilwoman Sharon Kellum
Councilwoman Ruth Carter
Councilwoman Gail Slaughter
Councilman Vaughn Groce
Councilman Jim Smith
Councilman Robert Davis
Ben Angeli, City Administrator