Fortunately, we made it through winter without too much snow. The few times that we did have some wintry weather, our employees were out in force keeping our roads clear and our town safe. I want to thank everyone who handles this important job for us – it often requires hard work at all hours of the day and night in sometimes bitter cold temperatures.
The spring season brings so many events and activities that we all look forward to. Although I cannot possibly list them all here, I encourage you to read this edition of the HEIGHTS REPORT in full and check out our Borough website at haddonhts.com for details on all of the fun upcoming events. There really is something for everyone – from our youth sports to our senior programs to our terrific community events organized by groups like the Neighbors Night Out Committee.
You may have seen those new bright field lights at the Devon Avenue soccer complex. This is the culmination of the efforts of many people over several years. Your government worked closely with the Soccer Club to address this project in a fiscally responsible manner. We worked to ensure that the lights were installed over the winter so that the fields would be ready for the season. So many people worked on this project and I cannot possibly thank them all, but I do want to recognize the hard work of Councilwoman Kathy Lange. Her dedication and leadership went a long way to making this project a reality. I know Kathy is always working hard on our Programs; I hear she is planning another terrific Summer Rec program. Keep an eye out for information on this popular program.
This is the time of year when your government is working hard to get our budget done. The budget process is extremely complex and is often influenced by factors beyond our control such as health insurance premiums – which I know is something we all have to deal with in our own lives. You can rest assured that we are very careful with how we spend your money. There are several layers of review in place before any dollar is spent. We cannot ignore our obligations; we have to spend money to keep our town operating, but we will not ask you for more than we absolutely need. Also, I encourage you to pay close attention to the County and School Board budgeting process. Although the Borough is responsible for collecting all of your property taxes, approximately 21% actually goes to the Borough – the remainder goes to the School Board and to the County.
As always, I am open to any suggestions, thoughts, or comments our residents may have. Please feel free to reach out to me to share anything that might be on your mind. Often, we can resolve issues people have with their government just by sitting down and talking. I am always happy to work with our residents to do so.
Enjoy the spring, and please remember that with more daylight, our children will be moving around town and playing outside. Please drive carefully and keep everyone’s safety in mind.
Mayor Jack D. Merryfield