MONTVILLE, NJ – A festive atmosphere marked the Jan. 4 Montville Township Committee reorganization meeting as residents gathered at the municipal building to see Frank Cooney be sworn in as first-time mayor of the township. State Senator Joseph Pennacchio performed the ceremony, as Cooney’s mother Betty held the Bible for him.

Richard Cook, who was sworn in for his second three-year term on the committee, was named deputy mayor. Richard Conklin, who served two years as mayor, was sworn in for his third term on the committee.

Mayor Cooney gave the annual “State of Montville” address, which is a January tradition.

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Cooney pointed to the municipal and library tax increase that was below the state-mandated two-percent cap at 1.502 percent.

“That’s $38.73 for the average assessed home at $528,742,” Cooney said.

He said that the township has maintained its triple-A bond rating for more than ten years.

“This places us in an elite category of fiscally prudent communities in the state – as well as the nation,” he said.

As far as the state of roads around town, Cooney said that a private company has been hired to perform a new assessment of all roads, which will supplement the inspections performed by township personnel.

“Assessment of the roads is a tool used to help plan which roads will be resurfaced in the upcoming years,” he said. “The township continued with its aggressive roadway maintenance improvements program – milling, paving, making drainage improvements, etc., spending approx. $1.8 million, which is significantly more than prior years.” As part of those projects, sidewalks were installed on Horseneck Road near the library and high school.

Lighting was upgraded at Masar Park and the Community Park, which result in taxpayer savings, he said, and the remaining fields will be upgraded in those parks this year.

At the Senior House, ADA improvements were made to the parking lot and sidewalks, making access much more convenient and safe, Cooney said, and this year, improvements will be made to the security system and entrance.

“In closing, as we start a new decade, we remain committed to providing the level of services that residents have come to expect and enjoy,” Cooney concluded.

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