With March now upon us, can spring be far behind?
I would like to start this month’s message with a special thanks to our Department of Public Works and Superintendent Ken O’Brien. Ken and his department have demonstrated how good they are by clearing our streets this winter despite having one snowstorm after another dump more snow on us. Proper planning by Ken has resulted in a very efficient operation of our Public Works Department this winter.
The administration, with guidance from our finance sub-committee, continues to pull together budget numbers so that we can introduce our 2014 municipal budget by the middle of March. Once numbers have been solidified, I can share them with you as well as put them on our website.
After several requests, the Borough Council will be reviewing our ordinance on outdoor dining. Councilman Sharkey will be leading the effort to consider amending this law.
Our recreation committee is in the process of putting finishing touches on the 2014 field usage schedule and will soon be planning our summer day camp program.
The public safety committee continues to work well with our appropriate first response agencies. I recently appointed Nick Witczak to serve as Mendham Borough’s new Director of the Office of Emergency Services. Nick has built a very impressive resume in Emergency Management while a student at the University of New Haven. I am quite confident that he will offer fresh ideas on managing future emergencies. His presence during events like Hurricane Sandy will provide cohesive operations for all first responders during Borough-wide emergencies and will provide better relief efforts.
The Borough of Mendham received proposals from two prospective consultants to conduct our high school reconfiguration feasibility study. Meetings have been held with the four other communities who are participating with us in this project. As of this writing, both consultants have been invited to answer questions from the multi-town sub-committee. Once clarification has been received, the sub-committee will be in a better position to decide which consultant will receive the contract and move forward with the study.
In closing, I would like to remind all of you to assist during future snowstorms by shoveling your sidewalk and removing cars from the street. Additionally, you can help our fire department by shoveling out fire hydrants which are located on your property.