PARSIPPANY, NJ - The physical landscape and appearance of the Lake Hiawatha area appeared to be the primary concern of the residents who showed up for Mayor Soriano's fourth town hall, held at the Rockaway Meadow School last evening.
Residents complained about the status of the storm clean up wondering when the branches and debris were going to be picked up. Another primary concern voiced from residents, was the amount of homes in the area that were still vacant from Hurricane Irene that are now becoming an eye soar and affecting real estate values. One resident wondered about the poor quality of construction work rehabbing some of these homes and if in fact there were permits being issued. She felt that there are a lot of 'home flippers' that are not following construction orders.
Mayor Soriano spoke of his desire to "Make Parsippany a more walkable community". The town is in the early stages of a master plan that would include zoning for more schools, recreation and fields.
The Mayor also introduced new Chief of Police Andrew Miller. Chief Miller told the crowd that there are 101 officers that respond to approximately 30,000 calls per year. He said that officers make observations and then utilize the most effective protocol to keep the town safe. He encouraged the people to contact the station for any matter, no matter what it is and he reminded people of the upcoming "Coffee with a Cop" event on May 9th from 2 - 4pm at Starbucks.
From a community awareness perspective, April being Autism awareness month was mentioned as well as the upcoming Relay for Life event.