It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. Serving as Mayor of Randolph this past year has certainly been an honor that I have enjoyed tremendously. As Mayor, I experienced firsthand what makes Randolph a truly special community.
The Town Council, working with our outstanding Town Manager and staff, were able to accomplish a great deal this year. Some key highlights from 2017 include:
- Adopting a fiscally responsible budget that balanced the short- and long-term needs of the community, maintained current services and included no increase in the municipal tax levy.
- Completing the state-mandated property revaluation with the new assessments becoming effective for the 2017 tax year.
- Approving the design for a new park on Calais Road that will include among other features a community garden, an outdoor stage area with event lawn seating, pickle ball courts and a quarter mile lit track for walking, running and biking. Funding comes from the current Open Space Trust Fund, with no new tax impact.
- Finalizing a master plan for Randolph trails that includes recommendations for new trail segments, signage, and improved connectivity of trails that will guide future improvements.
- Revising two policies – curbside leaf collection and recycling schedules - based on feedback from residents to better address the needs of our community. The curbside leaf collection policy was modified to allow residents who use private landscapers and lawn services to place leaves at the curb for collection by the township. In addition, curbside recycling collection will return to an every-other-week schedule in 2018.
- Updating the Mt. Freedom Master Plan to provide a blueprint for future growth and development in that section of Randolph.
- Extending water and sewer service to several areas of Randolph.
As Mayor, I’ve also had the pleasure of attending many events and celebrations throughout the year. These further highlight the wonderful residents and organizations that we have in Randolph.
Community organizations are, of course, an important part of life in Randolph. In the spring, the Randolph Rotary helped us sample food from many local restaurants at A Taste of Randolph and then hosted the 10th annual Country Fair in the fall. The Randolph Kiwanis once again did a wonderful job organizing the Freedom Festival celebration and the Fourth of July parade. The Randolph Lions Club had us laughing at their comedy night and singing at An Evening with Frank Sinatra and Friends. Again this year, the Randolph Education Foundation honored educators and community volunteers as part of the Randolph Rock Stars program and got the town running in their annual 5K.
The Randolph VFW Post 7333 is also a vital part of the Randolph community. By hosting events on Memorial Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day, the VFW brings our community together to pay tribute to our heroes. The members of Post 7333 are very visible throughout Randolph, whether placing flags on the graves of former service members, leading the Fourth of July parade or distributing Buddy Poppies to support veterans.
Randolph’s all-volunteer fire department and rescue squad support our community in countless ways. It’s always a pleasure to support them at fundraisers such as beefsteak dinners, pancake breakfasts, and casino nights. The Council also joined the Randolph Rescue Squad as they proudly celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017 and Pediatric Dental Associates as they once again hosted Mission Gratitude to express appreciation to all of our first-responders.
During my year as Mayor, I also had the pleasure of meeting many of our youngest residents while participating in Dr. Seuss Day activities, meeting with many Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and visiting the Randolph Middle School to view the very impressive eighth grade Capstone projects.
I was able to cheer on Randolph senior citizens at the Tri County Olympics which were held in Randolph this year, and I was able to meet many senior citizens at the annual senior picnic and at the senior holiday dinner.
In the spring, I was honored to throw out the first pitch to kick off Randolph’s Little League Baseball season and then in September meet many of our more seasoned athletes at the senior softball league barbecue.
Other significant events that occurred in Randolph in 2017 included the dedication of 3 commemorative park benches in honor of Habitat for Humanity, Gary and Kathy Algeier and Coach Len Pietriwicz. We were also honored to celebrate the unveiling of the very first trail blaze for the September 11th National Trail in Randolph. The Historical Society of Old Randolph educated residents about Randolph’s proud past and hosted a delicious peach festival and holiday reception. Hundreds of volunteers came out for two Clean Communities Days and spent time picking up litter throughout Randolph.
Business was also booming in Randolph in 2017. We celebrated the opening of several new businesses in town with ribbon cuttings, including Noches de Colombia restaurant, Spa per Aquam, LiveWell Pharmacy, International Martial Arts, the Randolph School of Rock, Randolph RE/MAX, Randolph Pharmacy, Wendy’s restaurant, Next Generation Fitness, along with the expansion of the Randolph Diner, outdoor seating at Morris Tap and Grill and soon Randolph will have a Weis Market. Other exciting changes in the Randolph business community are anticipated in 2018. Another important organization in town, the Randolph Chamber of Commerce, assists local businesses and helps keep them connected with monthly meetings and quarterly networking events.
Randolph is a wonderful community filled with wonderful people. It’s been a pleasure serving as Mayor this year.