mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
September / October 2014
Where has the summer gone? It seems like only weeks have passed since the snow extended school year ended and the summer really began. The Haskell Invitational was a great success for Monmouth Park and one of the many signs of a busy community that can be found around town.
NJ American Water Co. is extending mains to homes and streets where many wells exist. The Borough road program continued another phase on Port Au Peck Avenue, and the new Pavilion at Blackberry Bay Park is nearing completion. More homes are being raised each month and our recovery from Sandy continues to move forward. Several projects are underway at Fort Monmouth as interest increases in the former army base. We have already seen great progress on the Marina property as the structure is rebuilt and expanded into a new restaurant. The Marina opened on a rainy July 4th and many were treated to a close up view of the construction from the nearby tent. Work is moving along at a rapid pace with a full opening of the indoor/outdoor restaurant planned in the fall. The stately and historic Officers Housing is also moving through the acquisition process. This project will include a mix of market and affordable units following the installation of amenities and renovations to the 117 dwelling units that line the north and south sides of the Parade Grounds. The former Garrison Headquarters building (Russel Hall) is also moving through the acquisition process and will host corporate offices for a well respected firm. We can expect additional interest in the fort within our municipality to result several more properties being offered for lease or sale in the near future.
Many projects are moving forward as we continue to recover and reorganize after Super Storm Sandy. The Police Department will begin occupying the Fort Monmouth Firehouse in a matter of weeks as renovations wrap up converting that space to a police station. During this period the Police/EMS/Fire Police will transition to County Dispatch. These emergency services join the Fire Department that has been on operating on the County system for more than a decade. For the residents, the relationship remains the same; call 9-1-1 for emergencies and use the administrative number for other business. The Department of Public Works will soon relocate to temporary facilities at the Fort completing our relocation away from the flood damaged facilities at Monmouth Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. The process to begin building a new municipal complex is underway. Meetings have already begun with the architect, the Site Selection Committee, and the employees to determine our space requirements, potential locations for a new municipal complex, and plan to demolition of Borough Hall, the police trailers, and public works facilities. Progress on these projects has not distracted us from other issues including the proposed Crematory at Woodbine, repairs to the boat ramp at Blackberry, potential development at Monmouth Park, capital improvements, strategic planning and budget oversight.
As you can tell, summer has been a busy time for Oceanport and the approaching autumn should be as well. Please remember it is back to school time and yellow school buses will be a familiar sight once again. Our Summer's End Festival kept its promise and was a spectacular event organized by our Parks & Recreation Committee. Despite the rain on Saturday, the beautiful weather on Sunday provided a day of fun for our community. It was a pleasure to see many of you there and to enjoy the fireworks display beautifully light up the sky over Blackberry Bay Park!
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ