Mayor’s Update April 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Well, I think that we can all agree that March came in like a lion!
As you all know, our area was pummeled by back to back Nor’Easters which left many of us without power for multiple days. Some of us were restored after the storm of March 2, only to have the power knocked out again during the major snowstorm of March 7.
Our major issue obviously was power outages. This is the responsibility of JCPL, the owner of our power infrastructure, to address. The Borough’s responsibility during these types of emergencies is to communicate to the general public all of the information which is distributed to us by JCPL and the Morris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
I think all the Borough staff did a tremendous job in distributing the information we had to the public. An extra special thanks to our OEM Coordinator, Nick Witczak, who worked morning, noon and night to coordinate with our JCPL managers all of our outages. Nick took pictures of damaged power equipment and sent them to JCPL so they knew what we were dealing with. Nick, who donates his time to this role, took time off from his professional and personal life to make sure he was in town to greet the crews and guide them to where the problem areas were.
If you are unhappy with any aspect of how JCPL handled this restoration and the timing of the response, I would recommend you contact JCPL to express your concerns. The infrastructure is very suspect and it was clear to me that very little improvements had been made to upgrade it since Superstorm Sandy back on 2012.
If you have brush that needs to be picked up, please bring this to your curb call and schedule pick up 973-543-6535 and our Department of Public Works crew will collect it.
In other news, I have appointed Jessica Caldwell of J. Caldwell Associates of Newton to serve as our Borough Planner. Jessica will be replacing our former Planner Chuck McGorty who accepted a full time position with the Township of Mt. Olive as their planner. Jessica has an extensive background in all aspects of planning, particularly in the area of economic development and downtown restoration. Planning Board Chairman Richard Kraft and Board of Adjustment Chairman Bryan Seavy participated in the selection process and it is anticipated that Jessica will be appointed the board planner for both the planning board and the board of adjustment.
It is anticipated that our 2018 municipal budget will be introduced for public hearing in mid-April. Please check the Borough’s website for all the detailed information on this year’s budget.
Please also look for upcoming details on the 2018 Food Truck Festival to be held in Borough Park. I will also be providing details in my May and June Mendham Messenger columns.
As always, if you have anything on your mind that you want to share, please contact me through Borough Clerk, Mimi Mawlor, at 973-543-7152 x15.
Mayor Neil Henry