mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
January / February 2015
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us winter has just begun to set in. Thankfully, mild temperatures have meant rain instead of snow so far and we have been able to end the year without a major budget busting snow event. Last year’s winter was quite a challenge and most of that cost came after the New Year impacting the 2014 budget.
For Oceanport, the year 2014 will be remembered for its community spirit. We continue to rebuild from the impacts of Sandy as evidenced by the steady list of homes being lifted and new foundations rising above the flood level. Residents, contractors, inspectors, engineers, and our planning board have been very busy guiding the rebuilding process. The underground utilities serving these homes have been cut and reconnected as part of this process. These utility excavations along with the heavy equipment needed for lifts, will continue to delay repaving of these streets until all the work is done. Please be patient as only temporary repairs make economic sense until the process is completed. Oceanport families are one by one completing the recovery from Sandy and our continued support is essential.
Another example of our community spirit is the overwhelming support for the Oceanport Police and the Gornik family as Officer Patrick Gornik lost his struggle with cancer. I know the celebration of life and the final tribute for Pat will always be a special memory. The same can be said for young Alex Munoz. I was again amazed, but not surprised, by the community support for Team Alex. Bringing together a community in such a dramatic way seemed to happen overnight. But there are so many other examples which pass without much thought because they are the fabric of this community. Whether it's Roll Out the Ribbons, Paint the Town Pink, Brain Tumor Awareness Month, or the Kortney Rose Foundation; Oceanport comes together as a team; Team Oceanport.
Speaking of coming together, the Kortney Rose Foundation set a goal of raising $10,000 for the month of December 2014. With the help of our volunteer sports groups, Oceanport PTO, the volunteer fire companies, the First Aid Squad, our PBA, the Sports Foundation, individual members of council, our police Chief and many, many others this goal was surpassed! This was especially important because an anonymous donor agreed to match up to $12,500, effectively doubling the contributions. These contributions were presented during our annual reorganization meeting and followed the recognition of Kyle Evans with a special citizenship award. Kyle has collected more than 2,000 toys as part of Operation Sleigh Bell for Family & Children Services over five years, with this year’s collection of 700 toys in honor of Alex Munoz. Congratulations Kyle and thank you for being a part of Team Oceanport!Congratulations and good luck to all those officers, members and appointees named to committees or sworn to service. Congratulations and thank you to those completing their service and terms. As your mayor, it is both an honor and privilege to serve this community. Best wishes to our entire community and the families of Oceanport for a safe and healthy New Year.
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ