Mayor’s Update January 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Let me start off this month’s newsletter by wishing all of you a very Happy New Year!
A New Year always gives us an opportunity to reset and start anew which will certainly be the case for the Borough of Mendham as the Mayor and Council have been busy interviewing candidates for key roles within the administration.
As of this writing (12/12), negotiations are just about complete with an individual who will be joining us as our new Borough Administrator. The Borough Council interviewed three very qualified candidates who were presented to us by The Canning Group, the consultant who we retained to conduct the search for a new administrator. The person who I will be appointing after the completion of negotiations and with the consent of the Borough Council will bring a high level of municipal government experience to the office and has the personal attributes that fit in with our overall community. We will be fortunate to have this person join us. I will be able to share more about this individual in the next Mendham Messenger.
With the exception of the longevity calculation, all three major components of our Promotional Exam for the Chief of Police have now been completed. I should be in a position to decide on my appointment for the next Chief of Police as we begin the New Year and be able to present it to the Borough Council for consent during the month of January. I am in a position to report that the examination process was completed in a fair and equitable manner and done in conjunction with the promotional ordinance which was approved by the Borough Council earlier in 2017.
The Mayor and Council have accepted the resignation of Borough Clerk Margot Kaye who left us very suddenly in December for a similar position with the Town of Morristown. Resumes are in the process of being solicited from which qualified candidates will be chosen for interviews which will in turn lead to an appointment to fill the vacancy left by Ms. Kaye’s departure. Best wishes to Ms. Kaye for a successful tenure in Morristown. Her new position will certainly pose a whole new set of challenges for her.
Work on our 2018 budget continues by our finance subcommittee as does work to rehabilitate the dam at Mountain Valley Park. Work at the dam is expected to be completed by the end of January or early February.
The Mayor and Council have renewed our contract with Blue Diamond Disposal to provide the municipality with curbside bulk pick-up and our Department of Public Works is prepared to remove ice and snow that may accumulate on our roads and parking lots. A specific snow removal plan has been developed to insure that Doug Wright and members of his staff will actively participate in snow and ice removal operations across the Borough during the winter months.
As always, I would like to remind you again our overnight winter parking ban on local streets 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 by the police department during the winter months.
I would like to close by inviting you to attend the Borough’s reorganization meeting which will be held this year on January 4, 2018 at the Mendham Borough firehouse. The meeting will start at 7 PM.
Mayor Neil Henry