Township of Mendham
Incorporated March 29, 1749
PO Box 520 Brookside, New Jersey 07926
(973) 543-4555 Fax (973) 543-6630
Mayor Sarah Neibart
Mayor’s Address – 2021
(Read by Mayor Neibart at the Township Committee Reorginization Meeting held on January 5, 2021)
Good Evening Everyone, and Happy New Year!
I know this reorganization meeting is a bit untraditional but as we all know, due to the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic and the capacity of our Town Hall meeting room, we wanted to figure out a way to host this meeting that would keep our community members safe, encourage public involvement, and honor our Mendham Township traditions. With that said, I am very glad that so many of you were able to log on via Zoom tonight.
On behalf of the whole Township Committee, I want to thank our interim Township Administrator Bob Casey, our Township Clerk Maria Coppinger, and Township Attorney John Mills for putting everything together for tonight.
Despite 2020 being a challenging year, we were able to keep town operations going and accomplish some truly remarkable things. As we look onwards, we are well positioned and excited to work with our professional staff and volunteers to make an even larger positive impact on our community.
At the reorganization meeting last year, I spoke about the issue of property taxes. This is an issue that was further compounded for many New Jersey families in 2020. This Committee is and will continue to be focused on keeping costs down for its residents, but it is time for us to grow the topline. There have been a lot of discussions over the years and recently about which types of homes and properties new families are looking to buy, and how to keep older residents who are looking to downsize in the Township. Last year, our Master Plan subcommittee began working on revising our Master Plan. Once completed, I hope this committee and community encourages our Zoning and Planning Boards to take action on its recommendations and evaluate pending applications in a timely manner. Additionally, there are projects that have gotten approval that I hope are completed and make additional headway this year.
A few months ago, the Township Committee passed a Bond Ordinance to make updates to this Town Hall building and build a new police station. I am looking forward to those designs being finalized and for construction to start in a few months.
Over the last year, our community has found ways to adapt to health guidelines and to safely continue programming and fun events - some new and some that residents look forward to year after year. As we look toward the new year and await wide distribution of the vaccine throughout our community, I am looking forward to taking part in these activities and community celebrations with you all again.
I am very much looking forward to working with this team and serving you all again this year as your Mayor.
Thank you again for tuning, stay safe, and take care.
Mayor, Mendham Township