Mayor’s Update December 2017
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
The newly formed Mayoral Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development recently met for the first time and by all accounts, the meeting was one filled with enthusiasm. An initial inventory of business was discussed as well as some initial ideas on how we can best assist our local businesses. More details on the committee’s progress will follow as additional details become available.
As of this writing, there have been three very qualified candidates who have been identified and who have participated in two rounds of interviews, one to screen them to ascertain their technical knowledge while a second round was conducted by the personnel subcommittee of the borough council. Another round of interviews with these three candidates is planned for early December with the Mayor and the full council at which time it will be likely that a finalist will be identified so that a compensation package can be negotiated and a start date established.
Also as you read this article, the written portion of our Promotional Exam for the Chief of Police as well as the written essay element will have been completed. The oral examination will have been scheduled and at the conclusion of that interview, final scores will be tallied and the top candidate for Chief of Police will have been identified. It is my goal to be able to appoint a new Chief in time for our New Year’s reorganization meeting.
Our Department of Public Works is working towards the completion of a contract renewal on the pick-up of curbside recycling and working on an agreement to share angle snow plows with the Township of Mendham.
Budget preparation has begun and preliminary examination of the requested 2018 municipal budget will take place shortly as a follow up to a special budget hearing by the Mayor and Council. Our goal this year, as it has been in previous years, is to minimize any potential increase to the budget while working on continuing towards our goal of eliminating our total debt service with the next two years.
Work continues at the Mountain Valley Pond on the dredging of the pond and the repair of the pond’s dam. The council heard a report from Borough Engineer Paul Ferriero that the project is expected to come in at or about budget.
Please remember that our overnight winter parking ban is now in effect. No vehicle is permitted to be parked on any street in the borough during the overnight hours in the winter months. Please remember to make sure your car is parked off the street to avoid being cited for overnight parking during the winter months.
The Mayor and Council remain committed to serving you as well as remaining open to solicit any ideas which you may want to share. Please contact any of us through Borough Clerk Margot Kaye who can be reached at 973-543-7151 x15.
Mayor Neil Henry