Dear Residents & Business Owners:
I would like to welcome our new interim Borough Administrator, Robert Casey, to Mendham. The Mayor and Council appointed Bob to serve as interim administrator while we search for a full-time replacement for Ellen Sandman. We have received resumes from many qualified candidates and hope to choose a new administrator by the end of the summer.
Bob has extensive experience as a municipal manager and has served as city manager for Hackensack and township manager for both Roxbury and Mount Holly Townships. Retired from full-time municipal service since 1999, Bob continues to work as a municipal consultant providing assistance on management issues and acting as interim administrator in many communities throughout New Jersey. We are very pleased that he is available to join us.
The Mayor and Council have begun to review an amendment to our property maintenance ordinance. These changes would give the Borough stronger enforcement procedures requiring owners, including banks and mortgage companies, to properly maintain foreclosed properties. The recent economic conditions continue to make this problem more prevalent in the Borough in the last several years.
Blue Diamond will take over collection of the Borough’s curbside recycling program starting in January 2015. Our collection day should continue to be every other Thursday. Check our website later this year for 2015 recycling collection dates. The recycling contract was submitted for new bids last year after discovering that the Municipal Utilities Authority were potentially charging higher than market rates. As it turns out, this assumption was correct. A net savings of approximately $30,000 will be realized by going out to bid and executing a contract with Blue Diamond.
Our recently appointed OEM Director, Nick Witczak, is in the process of reviewing and updating the Borough’s emergency management plans and hopes to have a report to the Mayor and Council this summer.
The personnel committee is going over performance reviews and interviewing candidates for the positions of tax collector and part-time secretary in the police department.
Our summer camp is up and running and plans have started to rollout our 2014 Labor Day Parade. The Department of Public Works is also preparing for street cleaning projects scheduled for this summer.
Please have a safe and healthy summer and I hope to see you in Borough Park for a movie or concert. The summer event schedule is printed in this issue of The Messenger and can also be found online on the Borough’s website at www.mendhamnj.org.