Mayor’s Update May 2018
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
The Mayor's Ad-Hoc committee on Economic Development remains busy putting the foundation in place for a long-term program to help promote Mendham's economic development.
I formed this committee after receiving a number of inquiries to the Administration last fall on what our plans were to attract new business to our entire community, which encompasses the Historical Business District along with the eastern business zone, including the Mendham Village Shopping Center.
Much has been accomplished in just a few short months. The committee has created a separate page on the Mendham Borough website as well as a business directory of all the businesses in the town which will be placed on this web page. They have met with the Morris County Economic Development Corporation to ascertain what assistance and tools are available to our town to help stimulate business within our community. The group discovered that we can utilize their free services for creating a promotional brochure. They are fast at work creating content and collecting pictures for this brochure, and you may have noticed a request on the “About Mendham” page asking residents to submit their best photos of Mendham. The ad hoc committee also completed a business survey and is working with the Mendham Business Association to get feedback from all of our Mendham businesses on what they feel is important for them to maintain viability. For the first time, a banner promoting Small Business Week was produced in conjunction with the ad hoc committee and the Mendham Business Association. This banner was created and displayed to encourage our local Mendham residents (and others) to shop locally. Next steps for the committee will include the assessment of our local ordinances that impact business growth to make sure we are staying competitive with our neighboring communities. Look for more progress in the months to come from this Mayor's Ad Hoc Committee. Thanks to the dozen or so residents who have volunteered their time to serve on this committee.
In August of 2017, Mendham Borough took advantage of a state law that allows us to establish an energy aggregation program that offers lower electricity rates to our residents. When Mendham Borough joined this program through the Morris Area Energy Cooperative, we were one of were seven municipalities in the cooperative. Today the cooperative has grown to 10 towns with more towns looking to join in 2018.
Mendham Borough residents have been receiving the rate reduction through the program since September 2017, and as of February 2018, residents have saved over $42,000. Mendham Borough had 1,580 residents that were eligible for this program, 1062 participated and 518 opted out.
Since the Morris Area Energy Cooperative was established in September 2015, participating residents have collectively saved over $1,000,000. The current rate of $0.08860/kWh will remain in effect through October 2018, and the program's consultants are currently looking into rate reduction opportunities for residents beyond that.
Should anyone not currently enrolled in the program wish to join and take advantage of the rate reduction, please call our program consultants at 866-688-5197 or visit www.njaggregation.us/MAEC.
Finally, mark your calendars…. for the Food Truck & Music Fest being held at Borough Park on June 16, 2018 from 11AM-7PM. This event will help us kick off the year long celebration for Abner Doubleday’s 200th birthday and will feature 20 gourmet food trucks, 3 great bands, a craft beer and sangria garden and activities for the kids. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mendham First Aid Squad.
Borough Offices, Recycling Center & Mendham Borough Library will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.