DENVILLE, NJ -- There are many leaders in the Hub of Morris County who try to make the community great and improve the quality of life. One such leader is Denville Township Mayor Thomas Andes.
“I have been blessed and never take it for granted that I have had the opportunity to be mayor of this town of wonderful and giving people,” said Andes.
“Even on the worst of days, I get the opportunity to help someone. Many times, by the time they get to me, the person in need does not know where else to go. I really enjoy the feeling of setting a goal and seeing it through.”
Andes has served as the township mayor for the past eight and a half years. Previously, he served for five years in the Denville Township Recreation Department and 12 years on the Denville Township Council.
Andes’s story in Denville started in 1984 when he and his wife Sharon moved to the township and started raising their five children.Today, they are blessed with nine grandchildrens.
Andes worked as a lithographer for 19 years and a technical sales representative for almost 25 years. Recently, he devotes his time as the chief of staff for Assemblyman Brian Bergen, which helps to keep him informed of what is going on in Trenton and what might affect Denville.
For more than 36 years, Andes has been highly active in his home community, volunteering for many organizations, including the Saint Claire’s/St. Francis Harvest Festival, the Joey Bella Memorial Fund, Cub and Boy Scouts, baseball, softball and recreation.
“I know the importance of the position, but as mayor, I still consider myself a volunteer,” said Andes.
As a volunteer, and as mayor, Andes continues to push for many projects and initiatives in Denville.
“I like to continue the downtown streetscape improvements,” he said.
“We just received the latest grant application for Diamond Spring Road that we will be applying for. Although we hit some snags with the Army Corp on our flood mitigation application, we are still working with them to find an avenue for additional flood relief.”
“We have begun to implement our Trail Master Plan by securing a grant for the first phase of the Openaki Bridge to Den Brook Park Trail and are currently applying for phase two. There are several projects from our Open Space, Recreation Trust Fund that need to (and I would like to see) be accomplished. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has ordered the Cook’s Pond Dam to be replaced, and we finally received the permit from the NJDEP after well over a year. We are currently accepting bids and hope to see the construction begin this fall.”
“I'd like to see a new all-sport rectangular field at Veteran’s Field. I will be asking for funding to repair and upgrade the Gardner Field back tennis court and basketball court, and we are always in the market to acquire additional open space. I'd like to continue to aggressively pave more roads and payoff more debt as I hope we can improve on our excellent credit rating.”
Reflecting on his and the Denville Township Council's effective governance, Andes stated, “We have been very fortunate to have received the help of a lot of people. The town council and I have been able to accomplish quite a few things that have made Denville a little nicer place to live,” he said.
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