Mayor’s Update January 2019
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
New year, new Administration!
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope 2019 brings excellent health and bountiful blessings for all. I’m so honored to be able to serve all Mendham Borough residents in my capacity as mayor and to bring a new energy and new ideas that will help usher our town into a great year.
You will read in future Mendham Messengers letters that there will be some intriguing new changes in our town’s management. In my career in business and government, customer service has always been an important quality - and it’s going to be at the forefront here at our Mendham Borough municipal offices. To help improve our communications I’ll be featuring a different employee each newsletter. I hope that learning more about our outstanding team will help you to become closer to our town government.
During the last year, I spent many months walking around my beautiful hometown, from street to street, visiting old friends and meeting new ones as I went. During my visits, I learned one important lesson about why Mendham Borough is such a special place to live.
When I asked people what they thought was special about our town they often pointed out its historic charm or the excellent quality of our schools. More than once, fellow residents told me that it’s the feeling you get from living in a town that reminds you of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry! What I discovered is it is something more hidden - I heard stories about the amazing contributions that many of you have made that has made this town a better place to live.
Moms and Dads who led Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, women who worked at our nursery schools, men who worked at the Pastime Club or oversaw our many sports - and the list goes on and on. I heard pride in your voices as you told me about your years of work on our town committees accomplishing projects like toiling in our gardens for the Garden Club or organizing events with our Business Association. All of these selfless acts have made this a wonderful and special place to live and raise a family. Mendham Borough is truly excellent because of our incredible people.
If you weren’t aware, the first snow of the season in November had a big impact on Mendham Borough. We had an unfortunate incident with our large plow truck when the rear axle met its end in a sinkhole on Dean Road. More importantly, our colleague Rob Orgera was shaken but not injured. The truck, however, is likely to be out of commission throughout the snow season. Jeff Cooper and our DPW crew will do their very best to keep our roads passable this winter and we are working on alternate solutions. Unfortunately, there is not a backup vehicle available this late in the season. Our truck is currently being repaired and our team is doing their best to expedite a solution. We will all need to be patient!
We are very hopeful that this year’s early cold snap will help bring ice skating back to our Borough. The last time we had ice skating on Mountain Valley pond was four years ago! In order to safely open the pond for skating, the ice must be at least 6 inches in depth. You will know when the pond is open for business when Jeff puts up a new “Skating Open” sign! We will notify the schools and post on the town Facebook page and our website.
Happy New Year from your proud Mendham Borough team!
Chris Serrano Glassner, Mayor