9/11 Remembrance (Friday September 11, 2015) – 14 years; so long ago, and yet, so fresh in the minds of many. We invite you to attend Demarest’s annual “9/11 Remembrance” to be held at 7:00 PM at the 9/11 Memorial in the park southeast of the railroad depot.
Budget and Taxes – The delay in sending out tax bills was a result of the late adoption of the County budget. A municipal budget was adopted that will result in an increase in municipal taxes of just under $.01/$100 of assessed value or about $66 for the average assessment of $737,000. Taxes increased 2.9% for the regional high school for a $118 average increase, 5.4% for the municipal library for a $14.74 average increase, and 7.7% for the County portion or a $147 average increase. The local school tax increased 0.5% or an average of $37. Your municipal officials do not have control over the school, library or County taxes.
Major Infrastructure Improvements
* Columbus Road from the south end of the high school to the Closter border will be paved.
* A $200,000 grant was awarded toward drainage improvements and paving of four unimproved roads; Chestnut St., Prospect St., Ruth La. & Woodland Rd. (north of the high school). Additional grants are to be applied for (including Margaret Ct. & Everett Rd.). A decision to proceed will need to be made, and if so, how the remainder of the costs will be funded. The earliest this work would start is 2016.
* A capital bond ordinance will be voted on in the next month anticipating repaving Bogert Rd., Central Ave., Drury La., Edward St. (east of Anderson) and Myrtle Ave. The plans are to have the work done in 2015.
* Demarest Brook Dredging – At long last, this project has been substantially completed with some plantings to be made late summer, early fall. Thus far, the work has resulted in a better flow, alleviating the drainage problems for area residents.
Leaf Collection – Hate to rush summer but…leaf collection will start on or about October 12. Branch pickup will be suspended during leaf collection. PLEASE, for the safety of our employees, only place leaves out for collection – no sticks, rocks, metal, construction material, etc. - just leaves!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
* To the Recreation Commission members for bringing back the summer concerts.
* To the Garden Club members for maintaining the plantings adjacent to the railroad station and at Davies Arboretum.
* To the Environmental Commission members who worked so diligently to be eligible to file for Sustainable Jersey certification.
New Department of Public Works Superintendent
Welcome Donny Russell! Don started as our new Superintendent in June. No stranger to Public Works, he previously worked at the DPWs in the Boroughs of Hillsdale and Maywood for 25 years. Don has brought a new enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the department and is actively pursuing new initiatives and improved work flows in order to improve efficiency and accomplish additional tasks in-house.
I hope you have had a most enjoyable and safe summer and remind you that with school starting, one needs to be especially alert for school children as you are driving.