CLARK, NJ - Mayor Sal Bonaccorso offered his State of the Township address at the annual Clark Township Reorganization Meeting on Tuesday Jan. 2. In his comments, Bonaccorso reflected on the year gone by and the one to come.
Development around the town was a topic of the mayor’s address. “We have been in talks with L’Oreal about a Research and Development facility on Terminal Ave. and a new apartment complex is coming on Walnut Ave.,” said Bonaccorso. “Downtown Westfield Ave. awaits a much needed makeover. CVS will finally happen on the site of the old Jack’s Tavern, Clark Breakfast opened, and we are waiting for a new building to appear on the Knights of Columbus site, things are starting to happen. Investors still invest in Clark with confidence.“
Bonaccorso didn’t shy away from addressing Clark’s tax outlook for this fiscal year. “Last year we had a budget explosion with the Hyatt Hills tax appeal, this year however we will soon present a budget to our citizens that they have been accustomed to with a minimal increase that provides great services,” said Bonaccorso.
Bonaccorso offered his commitment to work with all political parties on all levels of government from local to county to state and to watch Trenton for activity that might affect the town and its taxpayers. “I will continue to work with county officials to dredge the reservoir. This will be great for flooding and from an environmental standpoint,” said Bonaccorso.
He also had a suggestion for the newly elected governor of New Jersey. Bonaccorso staunchly disapproves the legalization of marijuana but suggests if it has to happen, Governor Murphy might consider directing the profits from it into the police and fire pension funds in Trenton that according to Bonaccorso, politicians have been underfunding for far too long.
In his address Bonaccorso thanked various departments, groups and individuals that work for and with the township to provide the services needed to keep Clark running smoothly. He thanked Chief of Police Pedro Matos and his department for a job well done in keeping Clark safe. He also thanked the Fire Department and Emergency Squad and all the volunteers that give of themselves in service to the town.
Bonaccorso took the time in his address to thank Clark’s Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo for his work in the town. He declared Bernardo as the best Recreation Director in the state of New Jersey and thanked him and his staff and all the volunteers for all they do. He additionally indicated residents can count on all the services, activities and programs they have come to expect from the Recreation Department and more to be in place in 2018.
The Department of Public Works, under the direction of Scott McCabe was complimented by Bonaccorso for their tireless work year round serving the citizens of Clark. “We by far have the most public works services to offer in all of Union County,” said Bonaccorso. He additionally turned his focus to Adam Lambert and thanked him for his work in and around the municipal building and in the community.
In closing, Bonaccorso expressed his gratitude to the citizens of Clark. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to be your mayor,” he said.
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