As we head into the summer months, I would like to update you on the status of many Mendham projects managed by the Mayor, Borough Council and Borough Administrator:
· New Jersey American Water Main Installation This project is complete except for permanent repaving which is scheduled for October. A letter was sent to the county engineer urging that curb-to-curb repaving be required to restore West Main Street to its prior condition.
· IT Review & Consolidation
A June consultant meeting was held and a plan for IT improvements is now scheduled to be received by the Mayor and Borough Council by July 13.
· Firehouse Improvements
The bid for the roof replacement was advertised and opened on June 17. The contract will be awarded on July 20. Several bay heaters in the firehouse are scheduled for replacement in September.
· Sisters of Christian Charity Proposal
The Planning Board began a master plan amendment process on June 8; the proposed amendment is scheduled for discussion at the July 13 Planning Board Meeting.
· Financial & Tax System Upgrade
MSI Inc. demonstrated financial and tax software on June 9. An analysis of competing offerings is underway and a recommendation is due to the Mayor and Council by July 13.
· Employee Compensation
The salary range ordinance and 2015 salary resolutions have been adopted.
· Risk Manager
The Safety Committee Meeting was held on June 11. JIF insurance coverage renewal process begins in July. The 2015 elected official training will be conducted in October.
· Personnel Manual Review
Comments were received from the borough attorney on June 4. The Borough Council is set to adopt the revisions on June 15 or July 13.
· Employee Job Descriptions
The administration has begun reviewing job descriptions and is scheduled to complete this task during the summer months.
· Phoenix House Review
Attic storage and file clean-out is scheduled for July.
· County Open Space Grant Application
The Open Space Grant application is being prepared and the filing is due by June 19. Mendham officials met with the staff at the County Parks Commissions to enlist their support and contacted MCMUA about potential partnership in transaction. We also walked the subject property with an appraiser.
· Master Plan Re-examination
Planning Board Chair Richard Kraft has appointed a subcommittee to begin the review process early.
· Land Use Assistant
Carolyn Mazzucco is training in land use boards and functions in preparation for assuming board and commission secretarial duties later this summer.
· Fire Ordinance Update
The public safety committee is still considering detailed comments on a proposed ordinance amendment submitted by the fire department. Details will be shared once they are finalized.
Compliance Declaratory Judgment action is due to be filed by July 8.
· New Ambulance Acquisition
The Borough joined the Houston-Galveston Area Council Inter-local Agreement. A purchase order for a new ambulance will be issued before June 30.
· Fixed Generator Purchase
The Office of Emergency Management is verifying that financial resources for the purchase of a generator for the Garabrant Center may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
You will find a listing of our summer activities in the Messenger and on the borough’s website. We have two Wednesday night movies and four Sunday evening concerts scheduled in the park near the Gazebo throughout the summer. I encourage you to attend some of these events as it is a great way to keep in touch with neighbors and friends.
You’ll also find information about the Pastime Carnival and the Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade in this newsletter. The Carnival is scheduled for September 5-7 and will conclude with its annual 50-50 drawing and fireworks on the evening of Labor Day.
Best wishes for a safe and healthy summer!