Mayor Kathleen M. Cole
(Term of Office to 12-31-15)
Welcome to the Mayor’s Office!
I would like to share some interesting information with you regarding events that have occurred during the past year.
The Legislative redistricting of Federal and State Officials has resulted in new representation for Pompton Lakes; 11th Congressional District, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin O’Toole, and Assemblymen Scott Rumana and David Russo. I look forward to working together with them and appreciate their support and commitment to our Borough.
The Council and I share a common goal of pursuing all means of keeping taxes affordable and continue to explore shared services with neighboring communities as well as aggressively seek grant funding opportunities. Over the past year, the Passaic County Mayors began meeting quarterly to discuss mutual issues and concerns and their responsibilities to meet the criteria imposed upon the municipalities by the State of New Jersey to stay within the spending cap.
The Borough strives for relief from past flooding issues with continued mitigation projects along our rivers and the acquisition and elevation of homes in floodways. Our CRS rating has been elevated to a Class 5 and we are the first community in the State of New Jersey as well as in the Northeastern United States to achieve this classification which will result in a substantial savings in flood insurance premiums.
The Council and I support the environmental treatment of the lake, addling of geese eggs and the river clean-up. We are also committed to enhancing the Borough’s recycling program, which will save the Borough money.
Our Business Improvement District’s vision for the community continues to focus on economic development and provides grant funding for enhancements to the facades of buildings within the business area. In their pursuit, the Business Improvement District was recently recognized and received two Statewide awards; one for “Tools of the Trade” for their marketing plans and the other for “Individuals of Excellence.”
Throughout the year I have had the privilege of attending many events and acknowledging the personal achievements of our residents, employees, schools, and organizations. Some of those acknowledgements involved recognizing a local member of the Duprees; residents who are serving with the Peace Corp in Zumbia; a former resident who became the executive director of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association; a business owner who won a contest on the TV cooking competition show, “CHOPPED”; participants of the P.R.I.D.E. art contest held on Pompton Day; Pennies for Pages, the elementary school fundraiser to purchase recreation gym equipment; a reading contest that earned Lakeside School 6th graders a national award; DeMoloy Leadership; Turn the Town Teal; Celebrate NJ; Eagle Scouts; P.L. High School football team; town parades, Cub Scout Pinewood Derbies; and Girl Scout award and bridging ceremonies.
The Borough is always mindful of continuing to honor and paying homage to our veterans who have served or are currently serving our country by sponsoring a Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Gathering and a memorial service for the remains of unknown soldiers. The Borough also honors the victims and heroes of September 11th during the annual 9/11 Ceremony.
The members of our Boards, Commissions and Committees assist with the accessing, planning and overseeing of programs within the community. Included in the calendar are facts regarding the various Boards – (Health, Flood Advisory, Library, Planning, Zoning), Commissions – (Historic, Recreation, Shade Tree) and Committees – (Environmental, Lake Restoration-(P.R.I.D.E.) and Open Space. ) The members are all volunteers dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within the Borough.
Thank you to the many volunteers, emergency personnel, and employees that make Pompton Lakes a special community rich in charm. I especially express my gratitude to you, the people of Pompton Lakes.