Mayor’s Message

 

Memorial Day (May 27) – Please join us in honoring our service men and women who gave their lives so we may live our lives with the freedoms we enjoy every day. The annual Demarest Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 on Monday May 27 at the Demarest Library and proceed east on Hardenburgh, north on Piermont, east on Northwood, south on High and west on Hardenburgh to the war memorial in the park. The ceremony will immediately follow the parade.

 

2013 BudgetAs I write this we do not have an adopted budget (slated for May 20th vote), however the introduced budget is within the state mandated 2% tax cap. The proposed municipal tax rate is greater than 2% due to items outside the cap, predominantly debt payments. The municipal increase on a home assessed at the average ($730,000) is proposed at $184 which includes an $8 increase toward the library. This amount does not include school or county taxes.

·       In order to replenish our Open Space Fund and increase our chances for matching funds for future projects, we are reinstituting the Open Space tax which was passed by referendum in Nov. 2012. We are opting to institute the Open Space tax at $0.005/$100 assessed value which adds an additional $36.50 on a home assessed at the average value.

 

ConsolidationWe continue to reach out to other nearby municipalities in seeking shared services that will result in greater efficiencies and less cost. As you have seen, the proposed merger with the Bergen County police was turned down by the Freeholders by a 4-3 vote. Even with proposed changes made by Demarest that would benefit County taxpayers further, it appears the current Freeholders will not revisit this proposal.

 

 Present and Immediate Future Tasks

·       Frick Property – The governing body voted not to grant a zoning change for nine acres off Duane Lane that would have resulted in a townhouse development. Traffic concerns and setting a precedent for other Borough properties were the primary reasons not to grant the zone change.

·       Lightning Detection System for Wakelee Field – A decision on whether to install a system will be made in the next month. The schools and towns in the Northern Valley are discussing this as a joint project.

·       Police & DPW Contracts – Ongoing negotiations.

·       Road Paving Projects – A majority of residents on at least four unpaved roads are in favor of road paving. We will try to prepare cost estimates in the next two months to be presented to the property owners on these streets.

·        E-Waste – Electronic recyclables (TVs, computers, etc.) can still be dropped off at the North Borough parking lot by the ambulance corps and DPW building (Wakelee Drive). By law, the sanitation contractor cannot pick up electronics left at the curb.

·       Group Home – Work continues on the group home on Knickerbocker Road for eventual use by four adults with developmental disabilities. The Borough used $250,000 of Housing Trust Funds to fund part of the purchase and renovation of this home.

·       RailRoad Station – The governing body voted to rent out the station for single use events while still exploring the possibility of entering into agreement for a long-term (one year) lease while still affording use of the station by the seniors and Historical Society.

·       110 Serpentine Road House - We are actively working on proposals for renting or selling this house.

 

On behalf of the governing body, I wish you a very Enjoyable and Safe summer!

 

Sincerely,

            Ray Cywinski