Mayor’s Reorganization Address
Posted: January 1, 2018
Mayor Mark Forstenhausler addressed attendees at Randolph’s January 1, 2018 reorganization meeting. The following is the text of his speech.
Happy New Year and thank you for taking time out of your day to attend our reorganization meeting. I know that your time is precious and appreciate you spending this morning with us.
Special thanks to my wife Susan, daughter Lauren and mother-in-law Inge, as well as my brother Matt, sister-in-law Diana, nephew Alex and niece Emma. Without the support of my family, I could not volunteer the time necessary to serve our community.
I would like to thank Mayor Carey for her dedicated service to Randolph Township this past year. Her upbeat energy and desire to represent this council and township at so many events was truly incredible. Thank you mayor.
I would also like to thank my colleagues on the council for their faith in me, and for selecting me to serve as mayor of Randolph for 2018. I will do my best to serve our township, and will always look for ways to improve our quality of life.
Congratulations to Deputy Mayor Loveys. I look forward to working with him; his knowledge and experience are second to none.
Our manager Steve Mountain has successfully steered us through another year. There was a lot going on this past year, with the re-evaluation, parks master plan, trails master plan and many other projects. Steve and his staff did a great job successfully completing so many major efforts.
Our township clerk, Donna Luciani, is a hard working and happy, pleasant person. Those of us that rely on her dedication and attention to detail know just how much she contributes to our success. She never fails to attack any project or job with vigor. Thank you Donna and your staff for all of your hard work this past year.
I would also like to take a moment to thank all of our employees in Randolph. They do an outstanding, professional job every day, and we appreciate their efforts.
As a member of our volunteer fire department for 23 years, I can tell you that you will never find a group of more dedicated volunteers who literally risk their own lives to protect everyone in our area. They, along with our rescue squad and police spend hundreds of selfless hours serving our community. They have earned and deserve our profound thanks.
As a prostate cancer survivor, I can tell you from personal experience that the three worst words anyone can hear are “you have cancer.” I cannot emphasize enough that all of us should have an annual physical, and please, take advantage of the Randolph Health Department cancer screenings held throughout the year. You can find the dates on our website.
In addition to working closely with our deputy mayor and council, I will continue to serve as liaison to the board of education. The greatest asset we have is our children, and I will help the board in any way that I can.
I will continue to serve on several subcommittees, including infrastructure and retaining walls and will liaise to the safety committee and the EDC. I look forward to working on our new budget for 2018. I will do my best to minimize any tax increase, and to be a good steward of our tax dollars. Last year your township council did not increase the municipal tax levy at all.
The efforts of our EDC, Chamber of Commerce, board of adjustment and planning boards have been very successful, and business in Randolph has been great! We just welcomed Wendy’s two weeks ago and have ribbon cuttings planned for Dickerson Dental and Primrose School later this month. Weis Market will open soon and we do have more new business openings ahead.
We also have many exciting new projects planned for this year including:
- A multi-year project to replace the 50 year old water main on Meadowbrook Road.
- The Freedom Park basketball court will be resurfaced.
- Improvements will be completed to the Freedom Park entranceway and overflow parking area.
- A new turf playing surface will be installed to replace the old turf on the multi-purpose field at Freedom Park.
- A second turf field will be constructed at Freedom Park.
- Work will begin on the new park planned for the “90 acre property” located on Calais Road.
- Our fire department will welcome a new fire engine for Company #3 in Mount Freedom.
- A water main loop will be installed on Bennett Avenue in conjunction with the site development there.
- A new septic system is planned for Heistein Park.
- A trail advisory committee will be appointed and work will begin on the implementation of the recently adopted trail master plan.
- The program to replace deteriorating retaining walls in town will continue with the replacement of walls along Fords Road.
- And the Randolph Volunteer Awards will be presented on January 16, 2018 at the community center.
Volunteers in all areas are vital to our safety as well as to our many recreational programs, boards and committees. I have a very positive outlook for 2018, and will enjoy working with this council, township workers and all of our community volunteers to continue to keep Randolph a most desirable place to live, work and enjoy life.
Mayor Mark Forstenhausler
January 1, 2018