Mayor’s Update November 2016
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those residents who attended our October 3 Borough Council meeting to hear the presentation on how the Borough would like to succeed retiring Police Chief Pasquale Libertino.
The presentation, along with the PBA’s position paper and the 2013-2014 feasibility study conducted by our Citizen’s Ad-Hoc committee can be found on the home page of our website.
Based on feedback received at the meeting and from emails sent in by residents, the Mayor and Council, with the help of Councilman Andrus and Badal, will now evaluate any potential changes that need to be made to the Police Chief’s promotional ordinance so that we can seat a Chief who is prepared to take the position and lead our police department into the new policing challenges that face us. This will be a deliberate process so that we ensure the ordinance is worded correctly in order to find the very best candidate for Chief of Police. In the meantime, if an officer in charge needs to be appointed as a temporary measure until we are ready to proceed with testing for a new Chief of Police, that move will be made with much thought given to it. I will also reach out to the elected officials in Mendham Township to see if they have any interest in contracting with the Borough of Mendham for police services. This was the recommendation made in the 2013-2014 citizens’ ad-hoc committee report. Finally, I would like to let you know that all of this will continue to be discussed in an open forum at future council meetings. We meet on the first and third Monday of each month. I encourage your participation on this very important matter.
In other news, the Mayor and Council will be discussing a request for additional handicap parking at West Field. Budget planning has begun in earnest and department heads have been asked to begin preparing their 2017 budget which will reviewed with the Borough Administrator, the Council’s finance sub-committee and ultimately the full council.
I am hopeful that the Department of Transportation funding will now become available to us to complete the Orchard Street Sidewalk and Paving Project. You may recall this project was put on hold by a State order until a resolution was hammered out on how to fund the state’s transportation trust fund. Now that it appears a settlement has been reached, albeit at the expense of 23 cents per gallon increase in our gasoline tax, it appears the money will be available for the project to proceed.
Finally, I would like to remind all residents to report anything thing they perceive to be a zoning violation to Borough Administrator Merkt. As we have a part time zoning officer, it is difficult to patrol every inch of the Borough looking for infractions. We need your help. If you see something, say something.
Don’t forget, the winter overnight parking ban goes into effect this month.
Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Mayor, Mendham Borough