Mayor’s Update January 2015
Dear Residents & Business Owners:
On behalf of the borough council and all borough employees, I would like to wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year.
I would also like to welcome John Andrews to the borough council. John was elected this past November and replaces long-time Councilman Lou Garubo who decided to step down from the council after 27 years. John is very enthusiastic about serving on the council and I am sure he is all set to roll up his sleeves and get started. He is an active member of the Pastime Club and has served for many years on the borough’s recreation committee. John is also a devoted member of the Mendham First Aid Squad. He recently finished an orientation session with Administrator Merkt on all aspects of borough government. Welcome aboard John!
The council accomplished quite a bit during 2014. Among our most important actions, we amended the property maintenance ordinance, completed a major road paving project on Maple, Mountain and Park Avenues, adopted a balanced budget (which included a slight increase in taxes allowing us to keep all services in place) and hired a new borough administrator to help us navigate through 2015 and beyond. A detailed review of our 2014 accomplishments and a list of our goals for 2015 will be outlined in my February 2015 Mendham Messenger column.
A big thanks to Borough Clerk Maureen Massey who retired at the end of 2014. Maureen was our clerk and registrar for the past ten years and was a loyal supporter of the mayor and council. She did a terrific job maintaining our minutes and OPRA requests, not to mention keeping track of our banner requests, liquor licenses and all of our marriage and death certificates.
I wish Maureen the best of luck for a healthy and happy retirement. As of this writing, our search for a new clerk is nearing completion as the field of qualified candidates has been narrowed down to two finalists. I am hopeful that I will appoint one of these finalists as our new clerk in January after one final interview is concluded and background checks are completed.
Also, please join me in welcoming Carolyn Mazzucco to the borough staff. Carolyn was hired to work as a part-time secretary in the police department.
Please remember to check this issue of The Mendham Messenger or our website for details on the 2015 Christmas Tree Bonfire which is organized by the Mendham Borough Fire Department.
Finally, if you are interested in serving as a volunteer on one of our boards, please call the borough administrator and leave your contact information with him. There are presently openings on the Board of Adjustment, Environmental Commission, Board of Heath and Open Space Committee. Volunteering for any of these committees is a great way to give back to our community. Please consider helping out.
Neil Henry, Mayor