For the past five years I have been honored to serve our residents as both Acting Mayor and Councilman. This experience has proven invaluable as I now ask you to support my candidacy for Mayor of Berkeley Heights.
These are exciting times for our Township. We have seen the beginning of the transformation of our downtown, led by our Beautification Committee. We will continue to work with all business owners to ensure compliance with our Master Plan. A new hotel is under construction at the Connell Complex, which will provide services to us all while adding potentially significant revenues. The next year should see the modification of our downtown traffic patterns due to changes at our largest shopping facility, which will result in a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere. The County’s prospective sale of Runnell’s Hospital to a private healthcare operation will supply further revenues at a site which heretofore has been tax exempt.
Fiscal accountability has been paramount as evidenced by two separate capital plans which address the repair of our roadways and the purchasing of equipment to enable our employees to best perform their jobs. Township supervisors are actively and aggressively pursuing Grant opportunities to help defray costs.
In cooperation with our neighboring towns we are seeking to remedy the environmental and flooding issues associated with the Passaic River cleanup. Our Environmental Committee continues to receive accolades for their efforts.
The deficiencies with our long ignored governmental buildings can no longer be declared someone else’s problem. We are discharging our obligations in a careful and deliberate manner while seeking citizen input to help us determine how to best meet these needs.
Much remains to be accomplished. The process of governance is a continuing on-going project. We must address current concerns while appreciating that true citizenship requires that we all leave our Township in a better place than when we started. We are moving forward. Jeanne Kingsley, Marc Faecher and I are committed to working together with all residents to assure that Berkeley Heights remains a great place to live and work.