What is your plan to improve New Providence?
We all know New Providence is a great town! Our campaign platform has been focused on lowering property taxes, enhancing public safety, and improving the quality of life for all residents. We strongly believe the following proposed recommendations will improve our town and we are fully committed to leading the implementation of these improvements.
1. Add one or two new towns to our Shared Dispatch Center. At present, the Dispatch Center is shared with Summit and Millburn. In the planning of the Dispatch Center, space was saved for the inclusion of other towns. The addition of another town decreases the expense for New Providence with no change to the award winning service provided by the Shared Dispatch Center.
2. Achieve a Silver level designation with Sustainable New Jersey. At present, New Providence has achieved a Bronze level designation with Sustainable New Jersey through the joint effort and hard work by the Sustainability Committee, the Borough, the Boy Scouts of America, and residents. Achievement of Silver level designation is significant because it offers more opportunities for New Providence to receive additional and more lucrative environmental grants from Sustainable New Jersey. These new grants will decrease our expenses while allowing us to help the environment by decreasing our carbon footprint, a true win – win situation for New Providence.
3. Achieve a Silver level designation with the Safe Routes to School program. At present, New Providence has achieved a Bronze level designation through the leadership of Cecile Seth and Donna Zane in conjunction with residents and the Borough’s Police, Construction, and Engineering Departments. The Borough was recently awarded a $465K grant from the SRTS program. Achievement of Silver level designation is significant in that it offers more opportunities for greater funding through the SRTS program. This will decrease our expenses, encourage our children to walk or bike to school, and improve the public safety for our children, another true win – win situation for New Providence.
4. Work with the Union County Freeholders to maximize the benefits to New Providence coming back from the county [for our 22% county tax contribution] and to minimize future county taxes increases. The western part of Union County, encompassing New Providence, Summit, and Berkeley Heights, has no local representation on the current
Freeholder Board. Working with our neighboring communities, a more equitable representation can be achieved similar to what exists in most other counties in New Jersey. One potential opportunity to decrease costs in the county, which we would explore by working with other towns, is the possibility of combining our County Police and Sheriff's Departments. Of the 21 counties in New Jersey, only Union and Bergen Counties have separate County Police and Sheriff Departments.
5. Continue the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan, because all great towns have great downtowns! The Downtown Master Plan has, and continues to enable new businesses to come into the downtown area and encourages upgrades and improvements to our existing facilities. Our Master Plan also takes into consideration the continued improvement to parking and safety for pedestrians. This implementation will make New Providence a desirable place for people to come to eat and shop.
With our experience in municipal government and the aforementioned clear goals in mind, we will work with our residents and our neighbors to make New Providence even better.
Vote Robinson and Geoffroy for New Providence Council Tuesday, November 7th!