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The year 2020 continues to bring challenges. On August 4th New Jersey entered into a State of Emergency as heavy rainfall and dangerous winds resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias. The destructive storm triggered fallen trees, damaged branches, downed wires, and toppled telephone poles. Our community experienced electrical power and cable outages.
I, along with emergency officials, monitored the storm and provided residents information as it became available. Our first responders did an excellent job as they always do during emergencies. I would like to express my gratitude to the Police, Fire, OEM, First Aid, DPW, DMK and volunteers who responded and provided assistance - job well done!
Both the power company, JCP&L and the cable company, Optimun/Altice were negligent in responding to the needs of our community. JCP&L and Optimum lacked in conveying communication as to estimate times as to when the power and cable services would be restored. During the August 12th Council Meeting the Governing Body agreed to take action and file formal complaints.
I would encourage residents to prepare for a storm prior to the event. Make sure you have adequate supplies or an emergency preparedness kit - create an emergency plan – means to communicate – identify ways to keep you and your family safe. I would urge residents to refer to the Borough Calendar / Prepare and Recover pamphlet, sign up for Alert Notifications, and connect to social media for information, updates and warnings.
We continue to navigate through COVID-19 and residents should follow guidelines provided by the professionals, social distance and wear masks. The Borough has a total of 251 cases of the virus and 9 deaths. No new cases have been reported in the last 11 days. Please refer to the Borough Website and Social Media outlets for information regarding COVID testing dates, times and places.
Good news for some of our business owners! Gyms will be permitted to resume on Tuesday, September 1st and restaurants will be permitted to resume indoor dinning as of Friday, September 4th with 25% capacity.
Business owners must adhere to COVID-19 mandates for masks and social distancing. The past several months have been difficult so I would continue to ask all residents to continue to support local businesses.
Some changes to future events:
Visit the Borough Website or Face Book for additional information.
I would like to remind residents as school reopens to drive carefully. The Municipal Building, DPW, Recycling Center and the Library are closed on Labor Day Monday, September 7th -- have a safe Labor Day weekend.
Until next time,
Mayor Michael Serra