Mayor’s Update December 2014
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
With the new year approaching, our municipal government is preparing to reorganize for 2015.
When the borough council holds it first meeting of 2015, it will be the first time in 26 years that Councilman Lou Garubo will not be there to vote on our reorganization agenda. Lou did not seek re-election to a ninth consecutive council term in order to spend more time relaxing with his family.
Lou joined the council in 1988 and is the longest serving elected official in Mendham Borough history. He oversaw varied issues during his tenure on the council including many years on the board of adjustment. According to Lou, his biggest achievement came when he served as the council’s public safety liaison and the council was assessing a merger of the borough and township police departments. Lou’s efforts to set up funding for a feasibility study ultimately led to a 4-3 vote with then Mayor Richard Kraft breaking a tie. This led the way for the feasibility study and ended discussions of the merger.
Lou raised three daughters, Christa, Joanna and Michele, who excelled in soccer and track. Lou contributed countless hours to coaching them on borough recreation teams. An athlete himself, Lou was a longtime member of the Mendham Men’s Softball League. He played on a number of championship teams including the Mendham Jaycees, Jerry Jones Mack, House of Charm and Betamack. Lou will always be remembered for turning his ankle around 180 degrees while sliding into third base during one of the many games he played at Borough Park. (I am not sure if he was out or safe!)
In addition to civic duties, Lou has been a long time businessman in our community. He was one of the first tenants in the Mendham Village Shopping Center where he owned and operated the House of Charm Hair Salon. He and his wife Becky presently own and operate Blue Ridge Pool and Fireplace which is also located in the shopping center.
Lou’s neighbors have benefited from his service over the years. He is always available to lend a hand and is an expert in pumping out basements, plowing driveways, and taking people to the emergency room. Lou is also well known for saving several sheep from certain death on Main Street during the Great Sheep Escape episode of 1984 which long-time residents may remember.
As your Mayor, it has been an honor and privilege serving with Lou for 14 years. We quickly became friends when I joined the council in 2001. I could always count on Lou to tell it the way it is and to provide a historical perspective on important issues that had been examined under earlier governing bodies.
Please join me in thanking Councilman Lou Garubo for his years of dedicated service and wishing him the best of luck in retirement.
Warm regards for a happy holiday season.
Neil Henry, Mayor