Mayor’s Update July/August 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
As we head into the summer, the Mayor, Council and Administration have been working on the following projects:
· Construction Official—The personnel committee Interviewed 4 applicants to replace Russ Heiney who retired as our Construction/Building Sub Code Inspector. Resolution 112-2018 was adopted to appoint Robert Rosendale to replace Mr. Heiney.
· Fire Sub-Code/Inspector—Three applications were received to fill this job position. Interviews will be conducted by Mr. Rosendale.
· Police Part-time Secretary—A total of 27 applications were received for this open position. Interviews were completed resulting in Resolution 111-2018 appointing Theresa Giordano to this position.
Borough Administrator Joyce Bushman has completed an update of all job descriptions for each positon that exists within the Borough. A Salary and Wages Pay Range Ordinance is being finalized for introduction to the Mayor and Council.
Morris County Economic Development Alliance (MCEDA) Grant
A grant application was submitted to secure additional funding to help produce a directory of all borough businesses.
Lisa Smith, our Administrative Assistant in our Department of Public Works and Ms. Bushman have met with representatives of Monmouth Telephone to review the issues, concerns, service and support matters we have regarding our phone system. Caller ID, the phone directory, blind transfers, call parking, access to internet portal to manage users’ phone features, voicemail to email, find me follow me call forwarding, have been enabled. Staff is now using the features.
Annual Repaving Program (Heather Hill, Muirfield & Kerby)
DPW Staff repaired basins on roads to be paved-- Kerby, Heather Hill, Muirfield. Tilcon Contracting has milled these roads and paving should be completed by the end of June.
Prentice Lane Silt Run-Off
Depending on funding availability, DPW is evaluating utilizing a grading contractor to regrade the road and pull the quarry process off the shoulder and back to the middle. This would create a crown in the road to allow the water to sheet off and not run down the middle. This will help abate the silt run off but will not eliminate it.
Scott Farm Barn
We are working on setting up a meeting with the engineer and the Environmental and Open Space Chairs to review the barn stabilization. Engineering design work for the barn stabilization will be necessary for a grant application. The grant would be due in Jan/Feb for 2019 funding.
Rowe Sheep Farm Farmland Preservation
The Planner and Engineer finalized an application to Morris County Open Space Committee. An analysis was included which estimated (1) the development potential (highest and best use without the need for variances) of the property and (2) an estimated preservation cost is completed. The County’s farmland preservation program does not require the applicant to provide an appraisal. Instead, the County hires two independent appraisers to appraise the value of the development easement. The development easement typically accounts for 55-65% of the fee simple value.
Our Open Space Committee, along with Council Liaison to Open Space, John Andrus, recommended that $1,000 from the Open Space Trust Fund should be utilized for the application to Morris County.
Interactive Crossing Signs
Signs have been ordered. The flashing Pedestrian signs will be installed on East Main Street (County 510) one at Halstead Road and the other one at Tempe Wick Road.
Asset Management/Capital Planning:
Staff is working with WR Engineer on development of an Asset Management Plan, which will be used to develop the capital budget needs for Sewer Utility. Development of the plan will involve creating and inventory and then identify age/criticality/vulnerability of each component of the plant/system to rank potential capital needs. The Plan will be the basis of a realistic Capital Improvements Plan.
Best wishes for a safe summer. See you again in September.