Mayor Kathleen M. Cole
(Term of Office to 12-31-15)
Greetings To All The Residents Of Pompton Lakes!
The 2015-2016 calendar continues to provide the residents of Pompton Lakes with upcoming events, meetings and services. The Governing Body is committed to growth within the community and the calendar displays the many accomplishments from this past year. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the completed portion of the Morris Canal Greenway Trails along the south end of town. Additional plans to expand the trails have begun as well as designs and plantings for a pocket park located in the DuPont section of the Borough.
When you visit the Municipal Building please take notice of changes and improvements to the exterior of the building; an updated overhang façade, a new roof and new steps and railings. The Board of Health continues to expand programs and provide vital services to the community. This year the Board of Health will sponsor a mini health fair directed at the senior population that will provide safety prevention and warnings. Additional mini seminars will be scheduled periodically throughout the year. The PRIDE Committee once again sponsored a photo contest and created a calendar depicting the splendor of Pompton Lake. Last, but not least, new officers in the Police Department have been hired to replace several officers who have retired.
One of the most rewarding segments of the office of Mayor is recognizing members of the community for outstanding achievements. It was a pleasure to recently present a proclamation to the Pompton Lakes/Riverdale First Aid Squad in celebration of their eightieth anniversary, as well as to many girl scouts who have achieved the “Girl Scout Gold Award” and the many boy scouts who have achieved the “Eagle Scout Award.”
I also take great pride in being a part of the Borough’s Little League Parade, the Memorial Day Parade, the 9-11 Ceremony, the Veteran’s Ceremony and various other celebrations of dedication and remembrance. The Borough proudly displays a banner in front of the Municipal Building with names of residents who have, or currently are serving overseas. In addition, special service pins have been presented to many of the Borough’s first responders who have also served in the armed forces.
During my two consecutive terms as Mayor, I have always been especially appreciative of the services that are provided by our dedicated volunteers during natural emergencies. Our first responders are trained and prepared to take appropriate action and assist those in need. This year the Borough was recognized as a Storm Ready Community that establishes a commitment to create an infrastructure and system that will save lives and protect property. We continue to maintain our CRS rating of five (5) thus providing up to a twenty-five per cent (25%) discount for those who participate in the national flood insurance program. The Passaic County Hazard Mitigation Plan updates have been completed and submitted for approval. This is a five year plan that entitles the municipalities to apply for grant funding. Mayor and Council, along with the Office of Emergency Management, remain committed to improving communication and notification with the utility companies during weather related incidents.
It has been a privilege for me to be part of the redevelopment process in the Borough which began with the Business Improvement District. Following many years of progress through the dedicated members of the Business Improvement District the time has come to see the implementation of the Redevelopment Agency. This agency, which has been approved by the State of New Jersey and was initiated this year, is significant for the revitalization and a viable downtown; thus playing a vital role in stabilizing taxes.
This truly has been an active and productive year for the Borough!
As I complete my final term and reflect on this chapter of my life, I feel privileged and honored to have served as Mayor of the Borough of Pompton Lakes. One of the most memorable events during my tenure was the recognition of me as the first woman Mayor of the Borough of Pompton Lakes by the Pompton Lakes Woman’s Club with the planting of a tree in Hershfield Park. I was truly humbled by this gesture especially since my roots have always been in Pompton Lakes.
I extend my gratitude to my family, friends and fellow residents for your continued support. As I prepare to carry out the remainder of my term, I thank you for granting me the opportunity of serving as your Mayor. I will always be committed to the betterment of the Borough.
973-835-0143, ext. 240