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Mayor's Message-2013-01

Mayor's Message – January, 2013
Mayor's Message
As our community says goodbye to 2012, we leave some very rough times behind us.  Much of the year was dry and uneventful, until the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Pequannock quickly breathed a sigh of relief when the Pompton River did not flood, but rather than heavy rain, dangerous high winds caused a blackout that left us in the darkness for nearly two weeks. A beacon of hope in all this dark time, our community bore witness once again to the amazing determination of Pequannock Township residents as they rose above hardship and showed why our town is such a close-knit community.

Although we worked hard to keep residents informed during the blackout, communications can always be improved. Important changes have been made to the Pequannock Township website, making up-to-date information about township government functions, municipal services, and various programs available to our residents and business people 24 hours a day. We encourage all of our residents to visit the town website at http://www.peqtwp.org  and follow the links that are there to help you connect with the town. There is also a new 911 notification system which will call your home, your cell, and send you a text message with important emergency information that everyone can sign up for on our website.  Pequannock Township also operates an AM radio station on the dial at 1620AM during an emergency.

On behalf of the Township Council and all the residents of Pequannock Township I would like to thank Ed Engelbart for his 16 years of service as Councilmember and the countless projects he’s contributed to in that capacity. We also welcome Dave Kohle as our new Council Member and look forward to working with him. Councilman Kohle has been a resident for 47 years, graduated from Pequannock Township High School in 1983, and is a long-time participant in many community activities.

The Township Council will continue making tough fiscal decisions to control spending and protect you taxpayer dollars. As many of our neighbors struggle with job-loss, underemployment, and financial losses, we pledge 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. 
This year we need more than ever to come together as one. I am asking each of you to join me in making a promise to support each other in good times and bad and to work collectively to continue to make Pequannock Township a wonderful place to live, grow, raise a family, and retire.

Please feel free to contact me on my cellphone at 973.809.6318 should you have any questions or concerns.

Rich Phela

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