SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely provided his first update to residents since returning from his vacation. The mayor announced Spotswood's cases of the coronavirus were up to 99 positives. This represents one additional positive COVID-19 case since the mayor's June 22 letter to Spotswood residents. The borough has had four deaths due to the coronavirus since the pandemic hit the Garden State in mid-March.

The mayor's July 20 letter reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,

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I hope all is as well as can be expected and that, even under the circumstances, you’re enjoying your summer. I’ve been home from vacation for a week now, and I apologize for not updating the Mayor’s Message a little sooner. The first week back is always a bit rough (perhaps you can relate?); we’ll just leave that there! Now to the COVID-19 update; we have seen some change in our numbers, though, thankfully, slight. Our positive case count is at 99, with the loss of 4 precious souls; may they rest in peace.

Our public parks have been open for several weeks now, and it would seem people are being smart about using them. This is very encouraging, and it’s most appreciated! Keeping with the recreation theme, I attended Spotswood REC’s drive-thru Zeppole Fest, along with a number of other residents. (Here comes a few more unwanted pounds!) Hats off to Diane Speigelhoff and her staff for a fun and safe event.

It is HOT and this type of weather is dangerous! I have not, as of yet, received any information on cooling centers. I would imagine this is most likely because of COVID-19. With that mind, please check on your friends and loved ones, especially if you are aware that they don’t have air conditioning; the elderly and those with respiratory issues are particularly vulnerable. And don’t forget the pets; it does not take long in this type of weather for one to succumb to dehydration as well as heat exhaustion, whether you have two legs or four. Also, never, ever leave children or pets in the car, even for a few minutes!

During my travels to other states, I encountered establishments in which both indoor and outdoor dining was available, and, surprisingly enough, most people choose outdoor. Or, perhaps, not so surprising; I have to admit that I agree with the choice.  Outdoor dining, while a little uncomfortable, really is much safer.

The permits to start the dredging of DeVoe Lake are falling into place, and we should be going out to bid shortly. When we begin the work, I will be forming a committee to assist in ideas for the aesthetics of the project. The invitation will be posted on the Borough Website, so please watch for that if you’re interested in getting involved.

I think we’ve covered everything pretty well at this point (things do slow down a bit in the summer), so I will close, as always, by saying Be Safe, Be Smart, and Stay Healthy!

God Bless,

Mayor Ed Seely

Spotswood's next Borough Council meeting is on Monday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Spotswood Borough Offices remain closed to the public. A date for reopening the borough's Municipal Complex to the public has not been announced.