A Message from the Mayor

February, 2014

The start to the new year has been a trying one as the weather has given us extreme cold, quick thaws, and snow and ice.  This has presented more than a few challenges for us all.   Our DPW staff has worked hard to keep the roads clear of snow and free of ice, but at times the weather makes it difficult to keep up.  When a storm hits, please remember to travel only when necessary and to look in on family members or neighbors who may require assistance.   

The weather has played havoc on the roadways.  Potholes seem to appear overnight.  We have posted the pothole alert number and email address on the website and ask if you see a pothole on your street or in your travels, please alert us so we can have a crew make temporary repairs.  We have to use cold patch during the winter.  In spring, when the permanent asphalt becomes available we can make more permanent repairs. 

During January and February I have the privilege to attend the reorganization meetings of our local volunteer fire and rescue organizations.  I am truly grateful for the dedication our volunteer members demonstrate in answering our calls for service.  Each of these organizations and by extension all of us count on new members for continued success and security.  They are always looking for new volunteers and I urge you to contact them if you have an interest.  There are many roles to play in the organizations.   A quick phone call or email may start you on a path of service that you will find to be very fulfilling and rewarding.  Please see the Township website for contact information for all of our fire and rescue squads or call my office for assistance.

I am pleased to officially welcome Ashland to Bridgewater at their new location in the New Jersey Center of Excellence.  Ashland has taken 200,000 square feet in the Center for their global research and development laboratories and personal care center.  Lt. Governor Guadagno and Congressman Lance joined local dignitaries, Ashland Executives and staff in a welcoming ceremony on January 24.  Ashland Inc. is a Fortune 500 company with worldwide sales of $8 billion annually.  Their highly educated and highly motivated employees are a great addition to Bridgewater’s talented workforce and we wish them much success and prosperity at their new location.

The Township held a blood drive at the municipal building on January 14 in partnership with the Somerset Medical Center.  We had 49 participants and collected over 40 units of blood.  This was the Medical Center’s most successful mobile blood drive to date.  I would like to thank everyone who participated in making this event such a big success.

As a reminder the Fire District elections and budget approval votes are held on the third Saturday in February (15th).  These elections are held at the local firehouse and voting for the budget and fire commissioners is open from 2-9pm.  If you are unsure of which district you are located please call the Township Clerk for assistance.

Evenings with Dan continue monthly and I enjoy sharing the many varied interests our residents bring to the community.  If there is ever a need to share your thoughts or concerns please feel free to contact my office directly.

Sincerely,

Mayor Dan Hayes