Mayor’s Update October 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Thank you to those residents who responded to my request on feedback regarding the repair of our tennis courts. After soliciting the feedback, the Mayor and Council agreed the best action for the Borough would be to use the funding we set aside this year for tennis court repairs to fix the Orchard Street courts. Bidding should take place in the fall and if the bidding process goes well, construction can start, pending weather conditions.
Our Historic Commission has been busy hearing an application from Villa Enterprises, owners of the Black Horse Inn and Tavern. This business is looking to install new gutters, soffits, roofing, siding and cedar shingles which could potentially be a different color than the white which has been on the building for centuries. The commission has carefully looked at each pertinent item as it may or may not relate to the parameters of our historic preservation ordinance. Suffice to say, any major changes could significantly change the look of our town center, thus the reason for the application to the Historic Commission.
Chief Camoia has been busy interviewing candidates for a part-time opening in the police department and Administrator Bushman and I continue to assess the reconfiguration of our administration given the resignation and retirement cited in last month’s Mendham Messenger.
The Police Department has hired (2) Class Two police officers as part of an agreement the Borough entered with the West Morris Regional High School district and the Mendham Borough Board of Education that provides police officers to be present in these respective schools. The cost of these officers is being funded by each school district.
The Public Safety committee is presently assessing making the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Mountainside road a 4 way stop and amending the speed limits on Hardscrabble Road.
Administrator Bushman has met with representatives of the Community Development Block Grant Department to determine what, if any, repairs or updates to the Garabrant Center can be funded through this grant. Plans have been completed on the repair of the Mountain Avenue culvert that would include repairs to the collapsed stone masonry retaining wall. A bid has been prepared to include these plans and complete the project.
DPW Superintendent Jeff Cooper has secured a new electronics recycling vendor. Previously the Borough was paying $1,800 per year. Jeff located a contractor who will do it for zero charge.
Jeff is also presently looking at a cost analysis for cleaning services for our borough facility. Early indications that outsourcing this service could lead to a cost savings and eliminate the need to tie up an employee of the Department of Public Works to perform this duty.
Please mark your calendar for our Shredding Day, which will be held on November 17, 2018. You can check the borough website for further details.