Debt Reduction (again), More Paved Streets, Trees, Trees, Trees, and Public Safety
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members,
While it is not always the flashiest of headlines, certainly my colleagues and I are very proud that we have once again reduced the township debt.
Since taking office, we have been able to successfully reduce debt from over $220 million to under $200 million!
By reducing our debt by over $20 million dollars in just over one year in office, we are ensuring that all of us, as taxpayers, will not be burdened by the payment of this amount in future years.
There is much more work to be done, and we are going to keep doing it, but this is a great start.
Even while cutting debt, we have also increased our street-paving program.
You may have noticed that many of our roadways received a sectional re-paving recently. This is due to the fact that in addition to our regular street maintenance program, we have allocated additional funds for the sectional plan that has been implemented.
Given the great success of the program, we are looking to increase funding for this project again next year to $1,000,000. That’s $1 million in addition to the normal budget for street improvements.
This is driven by our desire to have our streets brought up to higher standards (no pun intended).
In other good news, the town arborist has just completed the planting of 100 new trees and 100 more are about to go in the ground as well.
This is part of our commitment to keeping Montclair a green destination.
Finally, continuing our push for a safer town, we have utilized a new police schedule to have more officers on the street, have re-introduced community policing, and are constantly evaluating all safety elements in town.
Please come hear more at the next Third Ward Community Meeting on Monday November 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the main branch of the Montclair Public Library.
… See you then!!