Mayor’s Update October 2015
Dear Residents & Business Owners:
At its September 8 meeting, the Council heard from business owners, and residents on the merits of a proposed outdoor dining ordinance which was recently proposed by our Planning Board. The discussion was spirited and many good points were made, both for and against, outdoor dining at Borough restaurants. Further discussions are planned with the Council’s Land Use Sub-Committee and members of the Planning Board. Additional comments are welcome from members of the public and business community. If you would like to weigh in, please email your comments to me at email@example.com.
Residents have asked why Mendham continues to use emergency sirens at the fire house in light of today’s technology. In addition to the siren, first responders are notified of calls via radio paging (commonly referred to as the “Plectron” system) and text messaging. The siren remains necessary because there can be lags of one to five minutes between sending and receiving on other systems. Emergency alert systems which rely on public internet are not considered adequately reliable under published safety standards. Additionally, most Mendham responders prefer the siren because they know they will be notified when there is an emergency. That said, the fire department and first aid squad will work to minimize the impact the siren has on its neighbors.
Another concern raised by Mendham residents is keeping sidewalks clear of snow during the winter. The Borough does not presently have an ordinance in place requiring homeowners or business owners to shovel. While most of us who have sidewalks do clear them after a storm, there are some residents that for, a number of reasons, do not. Snow and ice covered sidewalks force pedestrians, especially children walking to school, to walk in the street which is not safe. A number of residents have asked the Mayor and Council to consider what action might be taken when sidewalks are not cared for during winter months. This request is reasonable, particularly in light of the public safety hazard this creates. There had been a town requirement to shovel sidewalks which was ultimately repealed because of resident requests. We would like to revisit this issue and consider again amending our ordinance to include some form of regulation. The Mayor and Council need to understand public sentiment on this issue and we would like to hear from you on this matter. Do you favor some type of regulation? If so, why? If not, why not? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two other important items were finalized in September; the Borough Council authorized a contract execution for the purchase of 88 Mountainside Road (Scott Farm) and we appointed Brennan Reilly as an alternate member of the Board of Adjustment.