Mayor’s Update March 2020
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Happy March! This month brings our municipal budget time of the year. Our budgeting process is well underway and is being expertly managed by Councilman Brad Badal who chairs our Council Finance Committee. We start internally reviewing departmental budgets with department heads and our auditor throughout the month of February. State Statute gives us between March 11 through March 23 to introduce our budget. Our budget adoption deadline is April 9 through April 27. If you would like to learn more about the town budget and understand how we allocate your tax dollars to services, plan to join us at our March and early April Council meetings. We will be sure to post these dates on our website and social media.
On October 1st of 2019 Mendham Borough entered into a new arrangement to share our municipal court needs with Washington Township and Califon Borough. You may remember that prior to that we had been in a shared arrangement with Chester Borough. With Chester Borough changing their policing arrangement to a contract service with Chester Township, their courts needs significantly diminished and it made sense for them move their court system to share with Chester Township and Mendham Township. Our transition from Chester Borough to Washington Township was seamless.
Although we reviewed joining our court with the Chesters and Mendham Township, we ultimately decided to head further west. The great news is that this shared service agreement with Washington Township represents an excellent cost savings for Mendham Borough of over $35,000 for 2020.
We have Chief Camoia to thank for guiding us through this transition. The Chief tells me that although the system and structure of all courts are similar, our transition with Washington Township staff has been smooth as they have welcomed us with professionalism and are treating Mendham Borough as an equal. We are happy to be a part of this new court family.
I hope you do not find yourself in need of our court system. If you do however, it is located at 43 Schooley's Mountain Road Long Valley, NJ 07853, and the contact numbers are phone: 908-876-3852 and FAX: 908-876-0058.
Who’s who in Mendham: In Memoriam
I hope you will all join me in remembering William Steelman, former Mendham Borough Mayor. Bill died of pancreatic cancer on February 4th,, 2020 at 79 years of age. Bill served one term as Mayor for our town from 1991 to 1995. Bill’s obituary shares that he enjoyed a thirty plus year career in banking and he and his wife Linda retired and moved from Mendham to Nantucket in the late 1990’s, where they spent the remainder of their time. We thank Bill for the contributions to our town. You can learn more about Bill at the Bailey’s Funeral Home website obituary section.
Our ECOSST Committee will be sponsoring a Hard Drive Shredding Day, date to be determined as of yet but we will be certain to advertise this well. Have other ideas to share with our committee that can help our environment? Please email Lisa Smith at email@example.com.
You can now pay your sewer and tax bills online. Go to http://mendhamnj.org/ and look for the “pay online” button to the far right and bottom of the front page of our website.
Here’s wishing you all a burst of colorful flowers for the spring!
Christine Serrano Glassner
Mayor, Mendham Borough