Mayor’s Update February 2019
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s start February by showing some love!
We all owe a big thanks to the residents that have put years in on Council and in volunteer positions on Boards and Committees who have helped maintain and improve our Mendham Borough in countless ways. At our first meeting of the year in January we said goodbye to Mayor Henry, Councilman John Andrus, and Councilman Stan Witczak; they served this community for a collective nearly 60 years. We also watched as Steve Andrew and Brennan Reilly were sworn in and prepared to carry the baton as they plan for a proud Mendham future.
Who’s Who in Mendham:
Jimmy Cillo has resided in Mendham for 84 short years. The youngest of 9 kids, he was born at 45 Mountain Avenue and immediately decided to stay. He attributes his success to the thorough education he received in our Mendham Borough schools. After attending high school, he served in the Navy towards the end of the Korean War. He started his Mendham career as a police officer and ultimately served a mere 32 years on the Mendham Police Force. After he retired from the force, he served on our own town Council for a term. Not one to idle his retirement years away, Jimmy joined the Mendham First Aid Squad and currently serves as the President. He recently celebrated his 20th year with the Squad. Please stop in on a Sunday morning and thank Chief Cillo and all our volunteers on the Squad!
Our many committees have begun the year by holding their first meeting known as the “Reorg” meeting. At this meeting they reaffirm their statutory mission and members vote in the Chair of the Board or Committee. There’s not a lot of business that takes place in the first meetings so stay tuned as in the future they will take turns reporting here in our Messenger.
A note about social media: there is no doubt that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms have revolutionized modern communications and made it easier for us to connect with family, friends and neighbors.
In particular, there are some unofficial Mendham-centric Facebook pages that are widely used in our community. However, it's important to understand that these pages are not created, administered or controlled by your Mendham Borough government. Posts have been put up from time to time by residents and often people that live outside of the Borough and in other states making claims on behalf of the Borough. Since these are not official forums, there should be no expectation that town officials will respond to postings on these platforms.
That said, your town is very interested in hearing the suggestions, questions and concerns of all our fellow citizens. The best way to get in touch is by attending public meetings, sending us an email, calling us at (973) 543-7152 or visiting our web page http://mendhamnj.org, where we will soon have a button on the front page for comments or questions. Citizens can also sign up for instant alerts on our website. The town is working on improving our communications and will share more information on our website and on the town’s official Facebook page. We will continue to look into new forms of communications so we can get information out as effectively and quickly as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Chris Serrano Glassner