Mayor’s Update November 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Borough officials have met with Mr. Chuck Rowe, the owner of the Rowe Sheep Farm located on East Main Street. The meeting was held in order to review Mr. Rowe’s application to the County of Morris Farmland Preservation program. As part of his application process, it is Mr. Rowe’s desire to exclude a building on the property which includes Chuck’s workshop as well as the house which is on the property and can be seen from East Main Street. The total property considered to be excluded is approximately ½ to ¾ acres. It was also requested that a separate curb cut for the house be maintained. The bottom line for this project is that the Borough is facilitating the application process between Mr. Rowe and the County of Morris which will preserve this farm and in return, the open space in that area of East Main Street.
DPW Superintendent Jeff Cooper has met with two contractors who specialize in the construction of tennis courts in order to provide a meaningful score of work which can be included in the bid specification to repair the Orchard Street tennis courts. Jeff, Police Chief John Camoia and Borough Engineer Paul Ferriero are in the process of assessing the possibility of placing a pedestrian crosswalk on West Main Street at the intersection of either New Street or Hampton Street. Also under evaluation, at the suggestion of our risk manager, is the possible expansion of the parking lot at the police department by 5 or 6 spaces. This would require that the storage shed on the property be demolished. The crosswalks and the expansion of the police department will be considered as possible additions to the Borough Council’s 2019 capital plan review.
The Borough Council approved the administration’s appointment of Michael Boll as a Class III police officer for our local schools and Mr. Phillip Tabaygo as an Interim Plumbing Sub Code Inspector in our Construction department.
Introduced for public hearing at the October 19, 2018 meeting is an ordinance which would set forth a selection process for future Grand Marshals for our Labor Day parade. A formal written process made official by ordinance will insure that future governing bodies along with the administration and Department of Public Works will insure that tradition is followed when a Grand Marshall is selected for the parade that you wait all year for.
The Borough Council also accepted and voted to accept Police Chief Camoia’s recommendation to change the speed limit to 35MPH for Cold Hill Road between Main Street and Mountainside Road and to 35 MPH for the entire length of Hardscrabble Road.
Please remember to mark your calendar for our Shredding Day, which will be held on November 17, 2018 at the Department of Public Works located on Ironia Road. You can check the borough website for further details.