mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
July / August 2015
Schools are out and summer has finally arrived! Congratulations to all our graduates! The warmer weather brings more traffic as folks from around the state make weekly treks to the beachfront nearby or Monmouth Park here in Oceanport. Whatever the reason, it seems as though Route 36 is filled signal to signal and there is an endless line of cars on Eatontown Boulevard as folks take the back roads. Although the Racetrack is only open three days each week, the traffic congestion is with us every day. There is talk again about improvements to the Route 71 corridor between Monmouth and Wyckoff roads as plans set aside just a few years ago are revisited. Having a dedicated left turn lane or left turn arrow at the Eatontown Boulevard/Monmouth Road intersection is one solution discussed with our engineers but this is an intersection of county and state highways with many issues to be resolved involving all three major intersections.
With the Triple Crown finally captured in historic fashion by American Pharoah, the 48th Haskell Invitational on August 2nd may draw record crowds to Oceanport. Racetrack officials have already begun planning and coordinating with both state and local agencies, emergency services, and the Borough to ensure this event meets the same high standard Monmouth Park set for prior Haskell's and the Breeder's Cup. As I write this message, American Pharoah's owners and trainer have just committed to the Haskell, and tops the list of elite horses invited to compete. This promises to be a great day for horseracing and a weekend festival showcasing Monmouth Park and Oceanport!
The pace of redevelopment at the Fort is poised to increase as several Oceanport properties will soon be offered for sale. These join the former Patterson Hospital, Fitness Center, Russel Hall, Marina and Officers Housing as reuse projects. The Borough has relocated the Police Department and Public Works into the fort with leased space as we continue to resolve major issues caused by super storm Sandy to Borough facilities.
The Summer Season is underway and before our attention turns to Fall and recent grads head off to college, we'll be enjoying the beach or the bay, tending to the yard, or taking a class at the new Movement Dance Academy. Whether on an errand to the new Circle K, or dropping off the recycling, take a look around the neighborhood. If you see something, say something. Don't hesitate to call the police.Yes, there is a lot going on. Fortunately as Mayor, my task is easier because of the talent and energy provided by our employees and many dedicated volunteers serving on our council, boards, committees or advisory panels. It all starts with the residents of this great community who together are its greatest asset.
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ