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As I write this newsletter, I reflect on the unexpected challenges we have endured. These last months have been unprecedented and I want to ensure the residents of Pompton Lakes we have taken every precaution and measure to keep you, as safe as possible, as we navigate through this difficult period. I understand the hardships with social distancing from family and friends, especially during springtime, however we are holding strong as a community by following the guidelines put forward in the effort to reduce the spread of the virus.
Once again, I commend the volunteer first responders for their ongoing dedication during the pandemic. They continue to be at the forefront for those in need. Borough employees, Police, Department of Public Works and Administrative staff have maintained services during these challenging times and I thank them for their efforts. Alternate provisions have been made for residents to accommodate business transactions with the availability of most forms and applications in the Main Lobby of the Municipal Building. If you need to contact a specific department, I would urge you to call with your questions or concerns and speak with the staff or leave a voicemail and your call will be returned.
Town parks and recreational facilities remain closed to assure no group gatherings and to facilitate social distancing. At this time, our trails remain opened and are very popular so therefore I remind the public when using the trails, please continue to keep your distance from others.
From the start of this pandemic, I have interacted and communicated with Councilmembers, Administrative Management, Police, Office of Emergency Management, Health Officer, State, and Local Agencies. I conference call weekly with the Governor’s office along with the Passaic County Mayors. Together the Mayors developed a joint and uniform strategy plan within our towns. As crucial information and data becomes available, I provide it to the Department of Public Works, Municipal Utilities Authority and Board of Education. With the help of the State Office of Emergency Management the Borough regularly receives PEP.
Passaic County was the recipient of an 87 million dollar fund from the Federal government, which will be funneled down to all Passaic County towns. The funds will reimburse the communities for Coronavirus related expenses. This is a welcome relief for expenditures by the Borough.
Please note; COVID-19 Testing is available at William Paterson College and scheduling updates for testing is available through social media outlets, the Borough website and local TV channel 77. For the safety of our employees, please do not discard your used gloves and masks in recycling, as they must be properly disposed in bags and as part of your trash.
One other note of business, the milling of the roadways for Dawes Highway and Poplar Ave has been completed and the town is in the process of milling Colfax Avenue roadway. Weather permitting paving and stripping will take place within the next few days.
In conclusion, I urge residents to take every precaution to stop the spread of this virus and to heed the recommendations of the CDC, wear a face covering and practice social distancing. We are in this together and together we will fight to slow the spread of this alarming pandemic. I will continue to update you as new information becomes available as we move forward in hopes of reaching Phase I of the State Plan to safely reopen our town.
Mayor Michael Serra