Mayor’s Update June 2015
Dear Resident and Business Owners,
The adopted 2015 municipal budget has some slight increases that overall will keep our borough running smoothly for the next year.
The adopted 2015 tax rate slightly increased by 0.006 percent to 0.444 per $100 of the assessed value of a home. That means an average home in Mendham Borough will see an increase of 1.37% or $42.26.
The sewer utility budget has been decreased by $6,262 totaling $1,925,607 for 2015. Salary and benefits for Borough workers have been allocated: Police (51%), Department of Public Works (27%), Administration (13%), professionals (7%), and all others 2%.
Our Borough continues to move forward on a number of other projects and improvements.
- The New Jersey American water main installation along Main Street should be completed by June 1. The final re-paving is scheduled for October.
- Borough Engineer Paul Ferriero and Borough Planner Chuck McGroarty continue to work on a proposed zoning overlay for the Sisters of Christian Charity.
- The Council’s Personnel Committee has discussed revisions to the employee handbook and will provide recommendations to the full council for its consideration and adoption.
- The Mendham Borough Recreation Booklet has been distributed to borough residents. Hiring for the summer camp has been completed. Registration for camp is down slightly and it correlates with a small drop in school enrollment.
- The Environmental Commission recently held a very successful clean up of Patriot’s Path along the Raritan River.
- Our review of the Borough’s IT system has been completed. The results will be discussed by the Borough Council for further action.
- Administrator Merkt and the finance staff have had three meetings with financial software vendors. A vendor will be selected soon.
- Carolyn Mazzucco, part-time police secretary, will be expanding her role over the next few months as part-time planning and zoning administrator.
- Mendham Borough has been selected to receive funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2015 Municipal Aid Program for roadway improvements on Orchard Street. The amount of the funds totals $150,000.
- A resolution was adopted by the Council urging our congressional delegation to pursue necessary changes to the HUD regulations to allow community development bank grant funding to be used to update the American Legion and VFW posts.
As we head into June, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of you who have graduated (or will graduate) from college or high school this spring.