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Mayor's Message-2014-09

Mayor's Message – September, 2014
Summer is over and school is back in session. We had a hot summer and PV Park swimming was terrific this season. We look forward to another great opening season next year. 
The Township Council has announced the planned appointment of a "Solid Waste Advisory Committee" to review bid specification and recycling collection services. Interested residents should submit a completed Volunteer Citizen Leadership Application form to the Township Clerk no later than September 30, 2014. The form may be found at: http://www.peqtwp.org/FCpdf/F-Volunteer%20Application%20Citizen%20Leadership.pdf
The American Legion Post 242 in Pompton Plains celebrated their 80th Anniversary of the Post's founding. The community thanks American Legion J.H. Lookhoff Post 242 for their commitment to mentoring youth and sponsoring athletic, service and civic programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and advocating on behalf of military veterans. Next time you see a veteran, thank him or her for their service to our Country.
"A Day We Will Never Forget"... September 11th, 2001. The community came together for the annual remembrance ceremony in front of Town Hall. Thank you to Pequannock UNICO for organizing this ceremony for the victims and families of 9/11. Thank you to the American Legion Posts 242 and 450 who participated and also helped organize and run the event. Thank you to the Boy Scouts who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and thank you to Perry Russo, Eastern Regional Dg Chair for chairing the ceremony and Bob Diana, the President of Pequannock UNICO for his remembrance story. We would also like to thank Reverend Kathleen Chase of the First Reformed Church, Reverend Paul O'Donnell Duggan of Good Counsel Church, and Reverend Thomas Mangieri of Holy Spirit Church for leading us in prayer and remembrance. A special thank you to Haley Grimes for singing our National Anthem and for singing a tribute song entitled "There's A Hero". Thank you to all of you who came together as a community in remembering all those whose lives were lost that day. We will never forget our Pequannock Township residents who perished that day. We remember, Francis Deming and Mark Zangrilli. They will never be forgotten and will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless those who are no longer with us, bless those who are here that they may carry on, and continue to bless our troops all over the world. God Bless America.
The Township was deeply saddened by the passing of Mace Koroski of this Township. Mace served as a foreman within our Department of Public Works and worked for the Township for the past 39 years. Mace will be missed.
The community mourns the passing of Don Van Dyke, a distinguished member of this Township for over 65 years. Don proudly served for 6 years in the US Army Signal Corps. He was an active member of the First Reformed Church for over 54 years and served as an elder and a Senior High advisory. Very active in his community, Don was a member of Pequannock Fire Engine Company #1 for 54 years, the Silentia Lodge #168 F&AM Masonic Lodge for 34 years, and the John H. Lookhoff American Legion Post 242 for 24 years. Don also served 21 years on the Pequannock Township Board of Education. Don will sadly be missed.
The community also said goodbye and mourns the passing of David Cox, a longtime resident of this Township. David proudly served as a 1st Lt. in the US Army. He was active in political activities in the community and the county and served as Mayor of Pequannock Township in the early 1980s. David attended the First Reformed Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 242. Dave will be missed.
On a much brighter note, members of the Volunteer Fire Company 2 in Pequannock helped celebrate Jack Lowe's retirement from the Fire Dept. Jack was a member of the Fire Dept. for over 66 years, joining in March of 1948. He was a Lieutenant for Company 2 for many years. Members of the Fire Dept., the community, and the Town Council paid tribute to Jack's service to the Township. The Pequannock Town Council presented a Proclamation to Jack for his service to the community. Jack will be moving to North Carolina, where his son currently lives. We wish Jack the best and will miss him!
Now for a project status update. SEWER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE -
The section of sewer line along Sunset Road and Leeland Ave. has been completed and tested. The service connection to PV School was made before the start of the school year. Sidewalk and curb repairs are underway along Sunset Road where service laterals were installed. Final Resurfacing on Sunset and the Turnpike will not occur until next year to allow adequate time for the patching to settle and obtain the best quality in the final road surface.
The sewer construction along the Newark Pompton Turnpike, in the business district, is almost complete. Construction along Jackson Ave. continues. Traffic will be detoured around Evans Place. Local traffic to businesses will be permitted to the extent that safe distances can be maintained around the work area. Due to the nature of the work and the layout of some of the driveways, access to individual parking lots will be blocked for periods of time. Pequannock Township Police Officers will be on site and available to assist motorists and pedestrians to their destination in a safe manner. Customers and Clients to local businesses are advised to allow an extra 5 minutes for travel and parking. Business and property owners are encouraged to work together and be permissive of customer parking in adjacent lots. By working cooperatively, we will be able to minimize the inconvenience to everyone in the community.
Construction continues from Village Road near the pump station along Romondt Road. Due to the high water table, the depth of construction and difficult subsurface conditions, work will move slowly through this area. In an effort to move as quickly as possible, the work trench will be secured and covered each evening, but not filled in. The road will be closed overnight at the point of the trench and residents will need to detour around to access their homes. Thank you for your patience as we work through this important project.
Additional De-snagging work along the Pompton, Pequannock and Wanaque Rivers will begin shortly. This is work that was funded by the joint grant award received earlier this year from DEP.
A DOT Grant application will be submitted this fall for improvements to Mountain Avenue between West Parkway and the Boulevard.
The Jefferson Street reconstruction project is expected to start this month. The existing railroad crossing by also be removed. Anticipate completion to be end of November.
The liner of the Pond at Greenview Park has been repaired. The 40 year old liner made it difficult to hold water. A Sodium Bentonite coating was used which forms a new clay liner. The curing process takes about 60 days. In order to provide immediate habitat for acquatic wildlife, tree branches and green masses were placed in the pond intentionally. We anticipate the liner to be stable in early November.
All concrete work has been completed on the Boulevard sidewalk reconstruction project from Sunset Road to Ackerson Avenue on the west side and from Sunset Road to Tilley Avenue. Sidewalks, driveway aprons and ADA compliant curb rams are completed. Final restoration is underway which includes placement of additional topsoil and seed, as weather permits.
The 2014 road resurfacing program is complete. West Parkway from Jacksonville Road to Chilton Hospital, West End Ave. from Mountain Ave. to Saddle Drive, Tunnis Place, Riverside Drive Elmwood Ave., and portions of Beech Street received a 2" overlay.
The Engineering Department is currently evaluating options to complete the proposed athletic field at Washington Park. Anticipate construction in the summer of 2015.
For a detailed list of current project updates go the Engineering Department page on the Township website at: http://www.peqtwp.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=60&TPID=11261
The Township has been awarded $100,000 under a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program for Energy Sustainability. These funds will be used to install generators at additional locations that do not currently have them. Of the 10 locations that were identified that needed new or replacement generators after Hurricane Sandy, 4 have been completed and 2 are under construction. This grant will support our effort to complete all locations within the next two years.
The Farmers Market is winding down for the season and was a success. The Farmers Market ended their season on Thursday September 18th. If you did not have an opportunity to stop by this year, please look out for what I hope will be another successful Farmers Market next year. Thank you to Parks & Recreation for bringing the "Farmers Market" to our community.
Please be safe when driving around town. There has been quite a few complaints about "Speeding" through the Township. The initial project design is underway for improvements that came out of our "Walkable Communities" study. These proposed changes include various traffic calming measures including, but not limited to, laddered crosswalks, parking stall changes, lane striping, and additional signage.
It is a pleasure and honor to serve my community. What makes our community so great is the volunteerism all our residents show in this great community. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 973-809-4401 or e-mail me at mlynch@peqtwp.org if you have questions or concerns.
Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch

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