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Message from the Mayor
March 19, 2021
Good Morning Spotswood Residents,
Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and I am excited for warmer weather and more daylight hours! Tomorrow is also our Easter Bunny Drive thru and the last day to drop off donations for the Community Giving Baskets. Please join us tomorrow between 1-3pm at Spotswood High School to say hi to our staff and many of our community groups that will have fun surprises.
As we come upon my 90 days in office and reflect on the hard work we have put in to transition, I’m most proud of the entire municipal staff that have graciously and confidently embraced my leadership style and have given their support and guidance every step of the way. Things are definitely different for them with my Administration and it has been an easier transition because of each of them. So a huge kudos to all the Spotswood Municipal employees.
Vaccines have been a top focus for us. We have partnered with Spotswood Pharmacy to coordinate a mass vaccination for Spotswood and Helmetta residents, however, Spotswood Pharmacy has not yet received their vaccines. Once they do, we are prepared with a plan to vaccinate all those on our list who are interested and have not yet gotten the vaccine. In the meantime, we have been working with our County partners to secure smaller numbers of vaccine appointments for our residents. This week we were able to set up appointments for approximately 115 seniors and essential workers.
It has been my mission to build a positive, mutually beneficial relationship with our Middlesex County and State partners to ensure Spotswood’s needs can be heard and hopefully addressed. I have been meeting with County and State officials to work collaboratively to solve for our largest concerns in town: Water, Lake Devoe, and vaccines. Obviously, there are other issues as well that affect our residents, but I feel these are the biggest items that we can use the most assistance with at this time.
The Lake Devoe project continues slower than we would like due to melting snow and rain that fills the drained lake. It is imperative that we quickly look for additional funding and support to do this $20M+ project the right way. While the $2.5M was a start, there is still much more that needs to be accomplished to alleviate flooding concerns and dredge the lake including a maintenance plan for continued dredging in the future.
Our Administration has also prioritized our water infrastructure and maintenance. We are getting the necessary repairs and upkeep on our water infrastructure that has been long neglected.
As always, I welcome you to call my office if you have any questions or concerns. I hope to see some of you tomorrow and Happy Spring!
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