I hope that you have survived the winter of 2015; it was a long one. I urge all of you to enjoy the spring by coming out, walking our neighborhoods and trails as well as enjoying a little league baseball game at Borough Park. You can also volunteer to help our neighbors over at the Schiff Land Trust in their partnership with the Raritan Headwaters Association to clean up the river along Union School House Road or participate in Schiff’s Environmental Film Festival during the month of April. You can call Borough Clerk Margot Kaye for further details on any of these activities.
The Department of Public Works worked hard and efficiently to insure our roads were plowed, salted and treated so that they were safe for motorists during the winter. Thanks for a job well done.
The Borough Council is completing the 2015 budget so that we can introduce it at an April council meeting. Please check the Borough website for council agendas and budget details once it is introduced.
While there are several important projects under consideration for 2015, the top priority has become replacing the roof on the fire house before it becomes a more costly project for the Borough. We are currently assessing the cost of a new roof and a time table has been put together on the public bidding of this project.
The Borough has contracted with TR Business Solutions to review our IT system and provide recommendations on how to bring it up to date. Upgrades will include new software in the Borough offices to improve internal efficiencies. The review will also help determine if we are getting the biggest bang for our buck from our current IT vendors.
The Council’s Land Use Sub-Committee has reviewed a request for an overlay zone from the Sisters of Christian Charity. Their recommendation to the council was to authorize our planner and engineer to assess the proposal and report back on next steps.
Negotiations continue with our PBA local on a new contract. As of this writing, a counter-offer has been made and I expect an answer to this counter-offer to be delivered soon.
I also expect to have a final feasibility report on the regional high school issue from Ross Haber Associates in the next few weeks. Mr. Haber was unavoidably delayed in completing this report on the originally expected schedule.
The Recreation Committee has been busy producing the 2015 Recreation Handbook which will be completed and distributed this spring.
Best wishes for a warm and enjoyable spring season!