Mayor’s Update January 2017
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Best wishes for a Happy New Year!
I would like to welcome our newest member to the Borough Council, Christine Glassner. Chris was raised in Mendham Borough and moved back into town with her husband, Michael, and two daughters, Sophia Rose and Ellana. Chris, who lives on Talmadge Road, previously served as a member of the Board of Adjustment and Recreation Committee. She is truly looking forward to continuing to give back to the community as a councilwoman. Chris is replacing Veronica Daly who opted not to seek re-election to the council. A big thank you goes out to Ronnie for her six years of service!
Councilman Dave Sharkey begins his third term this year. Dave, who lives on E. Main Street, has served diligently over the last six years in his role as the liaison to the Land Use boards and recreation committee. In addition he is the driving force behind Mendham Borough being designated as a “Tree City USA.” Dave, who has three grown sons, is a great asset to the council and I look forward to continuing to work alongside of him.
The Mayor and Council had an opportunity to hear a presentation from Wharton Mayor Bill Chegwidden and Wharton Business Administrator John Rheinhardt on energy aggregation. Wharton Borough is the lead agency for the Morris Area Energy Cooperative (“MAEC”). The MAEC provides for the pooling of electricity usage of all our residents which would secure a lower energy supply price without impacting service from JCP&L.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has authorized municipalities in New Jersey to offer Community Energy Aggregation programs to their residents. Under these programs, municipalities are able to obtain bulk pricing for their residents at reduced rates. While all residents not currently in a contract with a third party supplier would initially be included in the community energy aggregation program, residents always have a choice regarding their participation in this program.
Some Morris County towns that already participate in this cooperative arrangement are Wharton Borough, Long Hill, Lincoln Park, and Riverdale. These towns were inaugural members of the MAEC whose residents have realized a substantial savings in their electric bills.
Some highlights of this Community Energy Aggregation program include:
- No fees or penalties to participate or not participate in this program.
- Residents will continue to get one bill from JCP&L.
- JCP&L will continue to maintain all power lines and poles and respond to any emergency needs.
- This is a NJ state approved program with consumer protections which is unlike other third party supply contracts.
- Municipalities do not financially benefit from this program and is only providing a cost savings opportunity to our residents.
- The program can only be implemented if a rate reduction is available to residents.
The Borough Council decided to move forward with the next step towards joining the MAEC which will include an ordinance introduction and hearing in the first quarter of 2017. More information on this program will follow. As always, your feedback is welcomed before and after the public hearing.
In closing, there have been a number of complaints from residents regarding the disposal of untied bags of dog feces that are deposited into other resident’s trash cans by dog walkers out for a neighborhood walk. With the consent of the Borough Council, our existing ordinance was amended that prohibits dog or pet feces/solid waste to be deposited into a privately-owned waste receptacle other than a receptacle owned by the dog or pet owner. Dog owners/walkers, please take notice.
Mayor, Mendham Borough