Mayor’s Update November 2014
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
The borough has been faced with an increasing number of properties placed into foreclosure or abandoned. Many of these properties are unsafe, unhealthy and unsightly. Because of this, the borough council introduced an amendment to the property maintenance code ordinance at its October 2 meeting.
The amended ordinance will provide both the authority and the mechanism to ensure that all properties within the borough are properly maintained. If properties are not maintained, the Borough will have the ability to correct the problems at the property owners’ expense. The ordinance also provides provisions for an independent appeal process. The ordinance requires that vacant properties be registered with the town and that contact information be provided for these properties should the borough need to require any corrective actions. Given the growth of this problem, the council feels that these requirements are necessary and useful ordinance provisions.
The mayor and council are considering installing an emergency telephone outside of police headquarters soon. This phone would provide a direct line to the Morris County Dispatch Center and would provide emergency assistance during non-business hours at police headquarters. While there is a pay phone outside the building, this does not provide quick and easy access to the dispatch center. We feel that we can provide better public safety service and are hoping to complete this project promptly.
The board is reviewing an ordinance to provide separate merit payments in special recognition of service for employees at the top end of their established salary guide. If awarded, such bonuses would not be considered part of the employee’s base salary and would not continue in any future year.
Our administrative staff has prepared an analysis considering potential benefits of merging the Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board. This idea is preliminary and will be given much thought and deliberation by the mayor and council before any changes are implemented.
Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Nick Witczak is seeking volunteers to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Basic training will be held on the weekend of November 21, 22 and 23. The CERT team will assist the OEM and the community when a disaster occurs. All training and equipment will be provided. For information, please or email Nick at MendhamBoroughOEM@gmail.com or call him at 973-922-0782. Additional information is posted on the borough’s website and on the Borough’s Emergency Management Facebook page.
With cold weather around the corner, winter overnight parking regulations are officially in effect from November 1 through April.
In closing, please know that November has been declared Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in the borough. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! There is much to be thankful for.
Neil Henry, Mayor