Important Public Notices

Tax & Utilities Clerk

Salem City Seeking a candidate for a full-time position as Clerk 2 for the Tax Collector’s Office.  

Candidates are required to have 1 year of Clerical experience.  The position duties will be a variety of clerical duties to service the needs of the residents of Salem City in an efficient, professional, and friendly manner. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook a plus. Candidates need to be motivated and detail oriented to work under the direction of the Certified Tax Collector.   Strong customer service and interpersonal skills required. Applicants should have excellent communication, organizational and computer skills. Previous experience using Edmonds Software for tax, utility & finance systems is a plus.  Experience handling cash and checks required.   The duties of the position include but are not limited to utility billing and collection, posting of tax payments, heavy customer contact including answering the telephone, responding to emails, and working with the public in person. Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed. Send resume and references to William McCafferty, CTC, Tax Collector to 17 New Market St, Salem NJ 08079 or email to  until position is filled.  The City of Salem is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

You Are Invited!

The City of Salem has been selected by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to receive support in developing a Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan. The goal of this project is to understand the impacts that the City may experience from Climate Change impacts and how to implement resiliency policies and practices. There will be ongoing public outreach and collaboration throughout the process, the first virtual meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm.

More information may be accessed here: https://brsinc.com/resilient-nj-salem/ .

Important Information About Your Drinking Water

The notice below about the PFNA level in the City is important to be aware of, but it does not call for the City to declare an emergency. While this is a serious matter and could become even more serious if not corrected, the City officials have taken steps to lower and eliminate the PFNA immediately. The City has already received a quote for a filtration system that will temporarily resolve the issue and we are looking into more involved permanent solutions. A temporary system can be installed relatively quickly.

Please keep in mind that the PFNA levels are tested quarterly and this is the first time that the levels in the City water have been considered “above a drinking water standard”.

Thank you

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
City of Salem Water System Has Levels of Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA) Above A Drinking Water Standard

Our water system recently violated a New Jersey drinking water standard, and as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of federal and state regulated drinking water contaminants. New Jersey adopted a standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for PFNA in 2018 and monitoring began for City of Salem Water System in 2021. The MCL for PFNA is 0.013 micrograms per liter (µg/L) and is based on a running annual average (RAA), in which the
four most recent quarters of monitoring data are averaged. On 6/3/2022, we received notice that the sample collected on 5/11/2022 showed that our system exceeds the PFNA MCL. The RAA for PFNA based on samples collected over the last year is 0.014 µg/L.

What is PFNA?
Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) is a member of the group of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are man-made and used in industrial and commercial applications. PFNA has been historically used as a processing aid in the manufacturing of highperformance plastics that are resistant to harsh chemicals and high temperatures. Major sources of PFNA in drinking water include discharge from industrial facilities where it was made or used. Although the use of PFNA has decreased substantially, contamination is expected to continue indefinitely because it is extremely persistent in the environment and is soluble and mobile in water.

What does this mean?
*People who drink water containing PFNA in excess of the MCL over time could experience problems with their liver; kidney; immune system; or, in males, reproductive system. For females, drinking water containing PFNA in excess of the MCL over time may cause developmental delays in a fetus and/or an infant.

What should I do?

  • If you have specific health concerns, a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at higher risk than other individuals and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.
  • The New Jersey Department of Health advises that infant formula and other beverages for infants, such as juice, should be prepared with bottled water when PFNA is elevated in drinking water.
  • Pregnant, nursing, and women considering having children may choose to use bottled water for drinking and cooking to reduce exposure to PFNA.
  • Other people may also choose to use bottled water for drinking and cooking to reduce exposure to PFNA.
  • Boiling your water will not remove PFNA.

For more information, see https://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/pdf/pfoa-pfos-faq.pdf.

What is being done?
The City of Salem has hired Remington and Vernick Engineers to address the high levels of PFNA in the finished water. It is the intent to provide treatment to remove the PFNA from the water being delivered to the residents of the City of Salem. We anticipate instituting short term filtration measures within 60 to 90 days and resolving the problem long term in 12 months. Testing is done on a quarterly basis, and this is first time the running annual average is above the standard.

For more information, please contact the Salem Water Department Main Office, at (856) 935-0350 or email or mail us at City of Salem Water Dept., 17 New Marker Street, Salem NJ 08079.

Copies regarding additional information on PFNA will also be available in the City Hall Annex at 17 New Market Street, Salem.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. *

This notice is being sent to you by City of Salem Water Department. State Water System ID# NJ1712001.

Date distributed: 6-24-22

Download More Information on the PFAS (PDF)

Emergency Water Restrictions

CITY OF SALEM PUBLIC NOTICE OF RESTRICTIONS

Effective June 17, 2022 until further notice.

Pursuant to City Code Section 230-55, the City Public Works Committee has determined that a local water emergency exists and has proceeded with an application to NJDEP Tor emergency approval to use Well No.9. Until such time as the City of Salem receives all necessary permits and approvals for Well 9, the Committee has recommended that the Mayor impose the following water restrictions:

  • Nonessential outdoor water use is limited to odd-even days. Residents of properties with odd numbered addresses shall refrain from nonessential outdoor water use on even numbered days. Residents of properties with even numbered addresses shall refrain from nonessential outdoor water use on odd numbered days.

Nonessential outdoor water use is defined as the following: (i) irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or irrigation systems; (ii) washing of vehicles except in a commercial car wash; and (iii) washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, except as necessary to apply surface treatments, such as paint, preservatives or cement. .

These restrictions shall be effective as of June 17, 2022 and shall continue until further notice.

Violation of these restrictions may result in the following penalties:

  • 1st Offense – reminder notice to home (documented)
  • 2nd Offense – written warning to home delivery by mail
  • 3rd Offense – $50.00 fine
  • 4th Offense – $100.00 fine (daily for each additional offense)

City of Salem
Jody Veler, Mayor
Dated 6-16-2022

Dept of Commerce and Economic Development Public Meetings

The City of Salem Department of Commerce and Economic Development will be hosting the first of several public meetings in 2022 regarding downtown redevelopment.  The first meeting will take place via zoom on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:30pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to 1) notify the residents of Salem of the plan to redevelop downtown, 2) take feedback and questions from the residents of Salem regarding the future of downtown and, 3) to introduce the public comment period to the residents of Salem regarding Downtown Redevelopment. All residents of Salem City are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback for the wants and needs that residents would like to see for their new downtown. Due to COVID-19 the public participation in the meeting will be through Zoom only.

To Join the Zoom Meeting use this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87053184399?pwd=VlErV015aUtzNDdqUFBGRHpNZkFsZz09

or go to Google Zoom.us and use the following ID and Code

Meeting ID: 870 5318 4399
Passcode: 996998.

You can also call in from a mobile phone using 1-929-436-2866

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

Important Message from Atlantic City Electric – Past Due Balances

More can be done for customers who call now to discuss past due balances

Lightbulb with glowing dollar sign insideAtlantic City Electric is urging customers who may have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to contact the company now to establish payment arrangements and get connected to customer assistance programs. Atlantic City Electric will continue to work with each customer individually to help with the continuation of their electric service. Atlantic City Electric has expanded billing and payment options to include eliminating down payment/security deposit requirements, extending payment periods for balances and connecting more customers with energy assistance funds. During this time, Atlantic City Electric has also been reaching out continually to customers who have fallen behind on their payments, as well as customers who may be eligible for energy assistance, through phone calls, letters, emails, social media, and targeted advertising.

The most important step that residential customers who are past due on their Atlantic City Electric bill can take is to contact the company at 800-642-3780 or by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com/help.  

A full list of energy assistance programs is also available at atlanticcityelectric.com/help.

DEP Urges Public to Help Control Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water from Properties

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As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing their part to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes takes on added significance and bolsters the work of the New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission. Moreover, a very mild winter and anticipated wet weather makes prevention efforts even more critical as mosquito season begins. Additionally, the American Mosquito Control Association has declared June 21-27 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

closeup of a Mosquito“The New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission oversees several longstanding programs designed to provide state assistance directly to county mosquito-control programs,” Commissioner McCabe said. “This assistance helps counties deliver targeted, science-based and environmentally sound mosquito-control services to the public. But we also need the public’s help and urge people to eliminate from their properties areas of standing water where mosquitoes may breed.”

New Jersey’s mosquito season has started early in recent years and has been exceedingly rainy and hot with warm temperatures extending well into the fall. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, surveillance programs documented above-average mosquito populations and record-setting levels of West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in mosquitoes.

“Vaccinated animals are much less likely to contract deadly diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus,” Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “We strongly encourage owners of livestock and pets to vaccinate their animals to help protect against diseases spread by mosquitoes. The State Mosquito Control Commission’s vital role is enhanced when health precautions are followed.”

Testing has started for a variety of pathogens spread by mosquito bites, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus.

“Spending time outdoors, whether walking, gardening, or playing with our dogs, while social distancing is a good way to maintain physical and mental health,” said Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli. “As we remain vigilant about protecting ourselves and our families from COVID-19, we must also take precautions to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases.”

New Jersey’s mosquito control agencies use a variety of methods to combat mosquitoes, including public awareness campaigns, targeted larval habitat source-reduction programs, use of natural predators such as mosquito-eating fish, and judicious application of EPA- and DEP-approved insecticides by ground and aerial means.

infographic for protecting during Mosquito SeasonResidents can take these steps to protect themselves and their families:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents when outdoors and wear protective clothing.
  • Empty water from flowerpots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels and cans at least once or twice a week.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters.
  • Check for and remove any containers or trash that may be difficult to see, such as under bushes, homes or around building exteriors.
  • Dispose of unused tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
  • Drill holes in the bottom and elevate recycling containers left outdoors.
  • Repair and clean storm-damaged roof gutters, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees tend to clog drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Avoid allowing water to stagnate in bird baths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens become major mosquito producers if they stagnate.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, including those not in use. An untended swimming pool can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may develop in the water that collects on pool covers.
  • Stay in air-conditioned places or rooms with window screens that prevent access by mosquitoes.
  • If a mosquito problem remains after taking the above steps, call your county mosquito control agency and ask for assistance. There are larval habitats that only your local mosquito control program can properly address.

The New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission was founded in 1956 to protect the public from nuisance mosquitoes and the threat of mosquito-borne disease. It works closely with all 21 county mosquito control agencies, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture on coordinated control efforts. The commission also recommends to the Governor and Legislature changes in state laws needed to protect public health and carry out efficient and safe mosquito-control efforts throughout the state.

“We have been at this for a long time and have learned much over the years,” said Commission Chairman John Sarnas. “Still, there is always something new to challenge us. Having the combined knowledge and experience of all of these agencies engaged and working with us to address these challenges has proven to be a successful model.”

To learn more about the New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission and for links to county mosquito agencies visit www.nj.gov/dep/mosquito.

For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites and illness, or to mosquito-proof your home and yard, see:

For about the National Mosquito Control Association and National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, see:

To view a video about how to mosquito-proof your property, visit https://vimeo.com/427937336.

Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.