The Mayor and Council along with members of the Borough staff continue to keep very busy as we complete the first quarter of 2014.
The Borough Council Finance Committee, Ellen Sandman, Sue Giordano and Bud Jones, from our auditing firm Nisovochia and Associates, are very close to finishing the 2014 budget for the April Council meeting. Once the budget is introduced, a public hearing must be held within 28 days and will take place in May. Please check our website on a regular basis to view the budget once it is introduced.
The administration has prepared bid packages for a new contract for the curbside recycling collection program. By going to bid, we can compare the cost of other services with the Morris County MUA, our present provider. The administrative and engineering staff has also prepared a bid package for paving Maple and Park Avenues and Village Circle. We would like to be in a position to complete this work during the summer.
The Council is focused on two other important projects at the moment that will be partially funded with grant monies. The first is assessing property in the Borough that could be secured through the Farmland Preservation Program which is sponsored by the County of Morris. We are also soliciting information from an independent firm to assess needed improvements to the Phoenix House so that an application for an historical grant can be submitted to the County.
The Mayors Ad-Hoc Committee met recently with the two firms that submitted feasibility study proposals for reconfiguring the WMRHS school district. Both firms were asked to provide information to answer additional questions the committee had on their initial proposals. The committee is scheduled to meet to review these responses and decide next steps. Once again, I encourage each one of you to continue to learn about this very important educational issue as you may be asked to vote on it at some point in the future.
As spring approaches and we move into April, the overnight ban on street parking will be lifted. Also, please join me in welcoming residents Keith Kaye to our Planning Board and Joe Murphy to the Recreation Committee. Thanks to both for offering to volunteer their time to these worthy boards.
Best wishes for a warm spring…we’ve earned it.