Mayor’s Update May 2019
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
With May come the leaves on the trees as we give thanks for a glimpse of summer’s warm days ahead. The month of May also brings a variety of special weeks to commemorate and celebrate, particularly First Responders Month.
Now is the time when we should all give thanks to our town's wonderful employees and volunteers who are serving as First Responders. These great citizens regularly arise at all hours of the night and race to our assistance, regardless of the cause. They are always prepared to risk their own lives to protect ours. Please write a note, make a donation, stop in on a Sunday morning and bring some bagels, or just say thank you. Let's all show some love to our fantastic hometown heroes: our Mendham Borough First Responders!
May is First Responders Appreciation Month
- Mendham Borough Firefighters: May 4 -11
- Mendham Borough Police: May 12 - 18
- Mendham Borough EMS: May 19 – 25
Please join us on Monday, May 27th for our first Memorial Day Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. At 10am we will honor those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and the freedoms we enjoy every day. The ceremony will be at Mendham Borough Park at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Park. Please join us and bring your favorite veteran or a photo to share in honor of their brave service. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at the Garabrant Center.
In April we completed our 2019 budget process. Your Borough Council Finance Committee worked with great diligence to ensure that our funds are sufficient to cover our obligations and to provide for our needed services. After much thoughtful deliberation, they successfully devised a budget that will keep us below the State’s 2% cap, coming in at 1.9%. Thankfully, we were even able to increase our road paving line item! We will continue the “pay as you go” philosophy, a prudent fiscal policy.
Who’s Who In Mendham:
Please welcome our new Clerk, Robin Kline. Robin has been a clerk for 13 years, after a career in the private sector working in the legal industry. She is very passionate about the role of local government and about our responsibilities to our constituents. Robin started her government career as a Commissioner for the Board of Elections and developed an interest in the important work done by clerks. In a previous role she worked with the community and developed internships for students to help them get acquainted with local government. She plans to bring her educating skills to Mendham Borough and create an internship program. Please stop in and introduce yourself to Robin.
What’s on your mind:
A new resident contacted me recently with concerns about dog owners who are walking their dogs off-leash. And rightly so! As a brand-new parent, she and her family should feel comfortable taking a walk on one of our trails or on a sidewalk and not feel threatened by an unleashed dog. I’m sure your dog is perfectly well behaved and greets passersby with the finest of manners; it’s hard to believe that anyone could be afraid of your dog! Please remember that our trails are for everyone, even those folks who are not comfortable with dogs. Mendham Borough’s municipal code requires that all dogs must be kept on a leash in all public areas, at all times. Thank you for your consideration!
Our Economic Development Committee has been busy working with Morris County to finish up Mendham Borough’s first Market Profile. We anticipate that this electronic marketing tool will be available on our website for all to share in the near future.
One more week to celebrate! The Economic Development Committee has worked in partnership with the Mendham Business Association, who donated a banner to celebrate National Small Business Week, May 5 – May 11. Remember, Shop Local!
More next month!
Christine Serrano Glassner