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As Fall approaches and leaf season begins, I would remind all residents to refer to the Town Calendar for the Garbage and Leaf Schedule. Please note the pick-up schedule will vary, so therefore, you should check the schedule posted in the calendar. Residents also have the option to dispose of their leaves at the Recycling Center.
The Luxury Apartment Complex project located on the corner of Colfax and Lakeside Avenues has been completed and the units are occupied. Those interested in renting an apartment unit should contact the facility.
Welcome to new residents as you settle into our community. I hope you and your families find Pompton Lakes to be a great place to live and you experience the Cardinal Pride. Information regarding Town events, meeting schedules and news can be found within the Town Calendar, Borough website, Facebook and Channel PLTV77. I would urge all new residents to sign up for Emergency Notifications.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter events, the Annual Fireworks Display took place in Hershfield Park. I would like to thank the Fire and Police Departments for their assistance during the event. The weather was perfect and residents enjoyed the spectacular display throughout Town while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. This year, the Annual Garage Sale scheduled in July was postponed and was held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 and those who participated were advised to social distance. Out of an abundance of caution, the Annual Chamber Of Commerce Car Show and Fire Prevention Week Open House has been cancelled; Halloween Hunt to be determined.
The Federal Government provided $650,000.00 in funding for expenses related to Covid-19 and the Borough expended the funds on equipment and improvements for Borough buildings. I, along with Councilmembers understand the importance of providing residents and employees a safe environment to do business with the Borough. As we move forward, we continue to look for ways to keep our employees and community safe.
I met with executives from JCP&L and Senators to address the response for the recent power outage. I would urge residents to voice their concerns and displeasure with the handling of the response for both JCP&L and Cablevision during the last storm event.
We continue to make improvements to our roadways throughout the Borough. Last month paving occurred on Stiles Court and portions of Jefferson Avenue. Paving for Colfax Avenue will ensue within the next two weeks.
The Borough will move forward with plans for upgrades to Open Space lake property along Lakeside Avenue. All-inclusive playground equipment will be added to the area as well as a floating walkway along the lake area. This project is expected to begin sometime in the Spring or Summer of next year and funded through the Open Space Trust Fund.
I would like to thank residents for taking the time to fill out their Census form. New Jersey has reached a record 68.3% self-response rate, surpassing the last three censuses in self-response: the 1990, 2000, and the 2010 Census.
Stay safe, continue to abide by COVID-19 restrictions and enjoy the autumn weather.
Until next time,
Mayor Michael Serra