Mayor’s Update September 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Another summer has come and gone. Welcome to Fall and for our students, a welcome back to the classroom.
In typical Mendham fashion, we say goodbye to the Summer with all our Labor Day festivities which include the Pastime Carnival and Fireworks as well as the Borough’s Labor Day Parade. This year’s Grand Marshall is Bob Mulcahy. Bob is a former Mayor and Councilman who served our community in the late 60’s and into the early 70’s. He oversaw Mendham’s transition from a very small community into one that includes the many neighborhoods we enjoy today. Bob is also known for his dedication to our youth and sports program and as Mayor, held an impromptu parade through the center of town after the Mendham High School won its very first varsity football game. Please join me in congratulating Bob on serving as the year’s Grand Marshall.
Discussion continued during the summer on our tennis courts. The courts adjacent to Orchard Street are in desperate need of repair while the Courts next to the Firehouse have funding allocated to make the needed repairs to them. Also under consideration: Whether to accept an offer from the West Morris Soccer Club to provide a synthetic covering over the firehouse courts that would allow for some of their teams to use the courts as a soccer practice facility. While these courts could still be used for tennis, it would require the purchase of some additional equipment that would need to be assembled and disassembled to convert from a tennis court to a soccer practice facility and vice versa.
The Mayor, Council and Administration wants to ascertain the present level of interest that is out there for the use of our tennis courts including the desire to potentially set aside additional funding to repair all our tennis courts. We are also interested in determining how many of you that play tennis would like to see the courts adjacent to Orchard Street repaired. It has come to our attention that we do have a group of residents who travel to Chester to use tennis courts rather than stay in Mendham to use the courts available to them (including the courts located at Mendham High School). Your feedback is important to us. If you would like to weigh in with your opinion on any aspect of our tennis courts and any other related information, please email Borough Administrator Joyce Bushman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, this summer, the Borough Council has renewed our membership with the Community Development Block Grant consortium which will allow us to apply for grants for repairs to our Senior Center (Garabrant Center) as well as ADA curb cutouts and ramps which are part of our sidewalk program.
With a resignation and a pending retirement with members of our staff, the Administrator and I have taken some time to review our town hall organization to identify any potential efficiencies which could be realized with some shifting of job responsibilities. I hope to have a concept to provide to the Borough Council in September.