In the three years after I became Mayor in 2019, the Morris Township Committee has had numerous accomplishments. Here are just a few of them:
✅ Expanding our network of sidewalks:
-- A new sidewalk on James Street now connects a large neighborhood to downtown Morristown so residents can safely walk into town.
-- Funding allocated and engineering plans in the works for a new sidewalk along Sussex Avenue that will extend from Patriots path all the way to Morristown border, connecting residents to our Streeter recreation facility and a safe path into Morristown.
-- Several other sidewalk projects coming in 2022 including Sherman Avenue, Gregory Avenue, Kennedy Road, and a section of Woodland Avenue adjacent Old Glen Road.
✅ Improving our municipal infrastructure:
-- Several major roadway reconstruction projects with more already in the works.
-- Major extension of our sewer system to the Skyline Drive neighborhood, thus reducing the number of septic systems we have in our town.
✅ A traffic calming policy adopted so that we can finally start implementing measures to slow down cars cutting through our neighborhoods.
-- Raised intersections being installed on Sherman Avenue to slow down speeding vehicles.
✅ Adoption of a forward-thinking ordinance that requires installation of electronic-vehicle charging stations at all new commercial development. We now have approval four 10 locations across our town for EV-charging including town hall and Streeter Pool.
✅ A thriving community garden on Picatinny Road.
✅ Protecting our environment by introducing the Township’s single-use plastic bag and uncontained bamboo bans.
✅ Renovating Convent Station waiting rooms for commuters.
✅ Preserving additional lands for open space.
✅ Open and responsive local government that communicates more and seeks input from residents prior to decision-making.
✅ Working with surrounding communities to share services, reduce our costs and lower taxes.
✅ Keeping our local tax rate stable in Morris Township (pre-Covid).
✅ Updating and implementing several new land-use ordinances:
-- Better define the OS/GU zone.
-- Created new guidelines for building new schools and Houses of Worship
-- Adopting design standards to ensure that all new construction meets certain quality guidelines.
✅ Establishing a new Transportation Advisory Committee focused on improving travel, circulation and transportation modes including walking, biking, driving, and parking.
✅ Establishing a senior citizen advisory committee to make recommendations to the Township Committee regarding the needs of senior citizens and assist in fulfilling those needs.
✅ Reinvigorating the Economic Development Advisory Committee which just completed the first phase of a visioning process for the future of the Madison Avenue corridor.
✅ Bringing great businesses to our town to provide a significant long-term commercial tax base:
-- Restoration Hardware transforming The Abbey mansion on Madison Avenue to become his show room with an adjacent Restaurant.
-- Financial services firm CIT Group making Morris Township their headquarters at a renovated office building at 340 Mount Kimble Ave.
-- Morris Marketplace Mall on Hanover Avenue has transformed the standard NJ strip mall to a destination for residents with two pedestrian plazas and a pocket park for children
-- AND the Red Bulls soccer club making Morris Township the home of their new state-of-the-art training facility at the former Honeywell site.
One might say we are "kicking it!" in Morris Township.
As you can see, we certainly getting lots of things done.