Mayor’s Update December 2015
Dear Resident and Business Owners,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Helen Cleary, who is both a resident and long-time borough employee, for her diligent work over 25 years as the Borough’s Administrative Assistant in the recreation, tax assessment and health departments. Helen was the glue that held these departments together and enabled them to run at a high level of efficiency. Please join me in wishing Helen and her husband Bob best wishes for a long and prosperous retirement!
The Morris County Open Space Committee has recommended approval of a grant to Mendham Borough to acquire a portion of the Scott Farm. The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders are set to act on this in the very near future and, if they follow the recommendation and approve the action, the Borough will make every effort to close on this property by the end of the year. Our plan is to transform this property into an area for passive recreation extending our current trail system for all of our residents to enjoy.
A public hearing on the new religious campus zone to encompass the Sisters of Christian Charity will be held at the December 7 Borough Council meeting. All are welcome to attend to express their opinion.
We have started to prepare the 2016 municipal budget. The Council and I will be holding a public budget workshop session on Saturday, December 5 at 9 a.m. in the Garabrant Center to review the budget submissions from our department heads.
We continue to consider how to ensure snow removal from town sidewalks at the request of several residents. 70 percent of respondents in an informal survey taken earlier this fall were not in favor of requiring snow removal from our sidewalks. As a result, the Borough Council’s public safety committee is still studying how to address this concern. They are considering a joint initiative that would combine a resident-helping-resident approach with some help from the Department of Public Works particularly on sidewalks adjoining and/or leading up to our schools.
Borough Administrator Merkt and I met recently with members of the Mendham Borough Board of Education for an informal discussion about the West Morris Regional High School District Feasibility Study prepared by Ross Haber and Associates. During the meeting, I suggested that the Mayor and Council meet publicly with the local school board for further discussions about the potential plans. As you know, any action the Borough Council takes on this matter needs to be in lock step with the local Board of Education and, as of this writing, this joint public meeting is still under consideration. In the meantime, I believe both elected bodies need to hear from you, the taxpayer, about your thoughts and conclusions after reading the Haber report. If you want to share comments on this matter with the Council and me, please email email@example.com. A copy of the Haber report can be found on the Borough website under the Mayors’ Regional Educational Advisory Committee tab. A copy of this report and/or an electronic links can also be secured from the Borough Clerk, Margot Kay.
In other news, I am happy to report that work on the new roof at our firehouse has been completed. We also continue to work with the Borough of Chester on streamlining the costs of court security as well as assisting them in consulting on the management of their wastewater facilities.
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season.