Mayor’s Update June 2019
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
Our staff is hard at work making updates and finding us numerous ways to save money. This is particularly important with the rising costs we face on items we purchase as well as services. One significant area that we are working on to keep our costs down is our drop-off recycling program.
You may have read a well published article in the New York Times a couple of months ago that detailed the recycling crisis we are all facing throughout the country. In 2018 China created tighter restrictions for receiving recycled materials and this change put operational and cost strains on small towns like ours. With our bill from Blue Diamond doubling in one year, and requests for additional fees going forward, we put our detective hats on and set out to find a way to keep these costs more in line with what our budget allows. Council asked our DPW staff to start surveying folks that brought their recycling to our facility. More and more they found that non-Borough residents were taking advantage of our generosity. We needed to act, so we passed a new ordinance stating that only Borough residents and business owners could use our recycling facility. Since that time we have put up new signs, installed security cameras to check license plates, and have strictly monitored our recycling dumpsters. In a short period of time Jeff and his crew have seen a reduction in deposits by over 20%. This reduction in tonnage will be extremely helpful to us when we put our recycling program out to bid next year.
A reminder that electronics recycling is only available on Saturdays. We have ordered a new 10’ x 10’ shed for our residents to put their electronics recycling in along with a large sign of what is accepted (also on our website). We do not recycle all electronics, so please check the list before you make the trip to the DPW facility.
Committee Updates: Recreation
Summer is almost here and as always Bruce DiBisceglie, our Director of Recreation has lots of
activities planned. In June we will again host the food truck festival, summer day-camp begins, and our first concert in the park will take place the last Sunday, June 30th. Pack up a picnic basket and come on out!
Who’s Who In Mendham:
Can you believe Karen Orgera has worked for us here in the Borough for 22 years! That’s not impossible to do when you start out working while still attending Mendham High School, as Karen did. She is a born and bred Mendhamite who chose with her husband, Rob, to continue their lives in our area and send their children to our local schools. When she started she was new to the working world and provided the town with cleaning services for our municipal buildings. She did such a great job that she has been continually promoted until she has now become your “go to” person in the Bowers Building. Whether it’s paying your sewer bill or tax bill, applying for day camp or picking up construction docs, Karen can either help you directly or get you to the person you need to speak with. Next time you are near the Bowers Building stop in and say hello to Karen and thank her for her many years of taking care of our Mendham needs.
Look out for revitalized tennis courts near the firehouse! In the coming weeks the old courts will be given a new purpose and turfed for small field practice for numerous ball sports. This project comes to you compliments of our soccer partners, West Morris Soccer Club.
More next month!
Christine Serrano Glassner
Mayor, Mendham Borough