MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee honored former committee member Scott Gallopo and former township engineer Mark Mantyla at their Jan. 24 meeting.
Gallopo served on the township committee for six years from 2011 to 2016. He was deputy mayor in 2014 and mayor in 2015.
Gallopo served on the Montville Township Public Library Board of Trustees in 2014 and 2015, was a member of the Planning Board in 2015, served on the 4th of July Committee, and served as township committee liaison to several township boards and commissions over the course of his time on the committee.
Citing family commitments, Gallopo did not re-run for a third term, and his second three-year term ended on Dec. 31, 2016.
Mayor Jim Sandham read a proclamation “extending [the township committee’s] appreciation and the appreciation of a grateful community to Scott Gallopo for his dedication and volunteerism.”
“We’ve had many discussions on this committee – heated discussions – and differences of opinion,” Sandham said. “However, everybody on the dais always knew that Scott always had the best interests of the residents of Montville Township in mind and that’s the most important thing we bring to the dais.”
Gallopo called his six years a privilege and honor.
“I worked with some terrific people – staff, employees, and colleagues on the dais,” Gallopo said. “We had issues to deal with, but we got through them, some self-created. I think we’ve raised awareness that we need our volunteers not just on the dais but on boards and commissions. This year is our 150th and we’re going to have a great year.”
Committee Member Richard Cook said Gallopo had brought a lot of wisdom and he appreciated the support Gallopo had given him when he was chief of the police department.
The committee also honored former township engineer Mark Mantyla, who had worked for the township for 30 years when he retired in 2016. Mantyla was engineer from 2013 to 2016. Sandham said when the engineer before him retired, Mantyla did the work of two positions, and he thanked Mantyla for helping him and “helping the township move forward.”
Cook also thanked him for his help with police department and personal projects.
Mantyla said he enjoyed his time because of the people he was working with.
Township Administrator Victor Canning said, “Mark is the consummate professional. [Mark and administration] accomplished some projects that were talked about for three decades, and we accomplished them under budget. Residents still come up to me to thank me for what all of us did to solve the Maple Avenue situation. More than that, he made June, me and the staff laugh, and that speaks to his character. Mark added some much needed levity.”