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Mayor's Message-2012-01

Mayor's Message – January, 2012
Mayor's Message
As a community we leave some very tough times in 2011 behind us. We had flooding in the spring, record flooding associated with Hurricane Irene at the end of August and into September, and an abnormal, early snowstorm in October that brought down trees and nearby power lines. We are all proud of the way that so many of our neighbors, businesses, churches, and other local charities came together to offer many kinds of support to the families and business most severely affected by the surge of water that inundated the flood plain. As we continue to heal from frustration and anger, and rebuilding where possible, we seek realistic, long-term resolutions to the intermittent but ongoing problem of flooding in our township.
During the past year, volunteerism has increased throughout the township. We continue to encourage your participation as an active member of our community in any way that appeals to your interests, talents, and energy level. Your continued efforts are welcomed and appreciated.
Many changes have been made to the Pequannock Township website, making communication of important information about township government functions, municipal services, and various programs available to our residents and business people.
I hope you have taken advantage of watching the televised township council meetings on channel 77. We continue to encourage your feedback, suggestions, and observations. As we share information and ideas, the fabric of our community strengthens the identity, collaboration, and creativity that will further the continued success of Pequannock Township.
The Township Council will continue making the tough fiscal decisions to control spending and protect taxpayer dollars. As many of our neighbors struggle with job-loss, underemployment and financial losses, we promise to continue working to keep tax increases to a realistic, absolutely as-needed minimum.
Your council and I will continue to be a creative but purposeful partner with our neighboring communities, seeking to reduce costs without cutting-back services. We remain mindful that as your elected representatives we report directly to you, the residents of Pequannock Township. We look forward to hearing from you often as we work to enhance our community’s reputation of cooperative spirit, safe family-friendly environment, and sensibly controlled finances. 
Please feel free to contact me at 973.809.6318 should you have any questions or concerns.

Rich Phelan

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