Welcome to the new 2019 year, I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your family, friends and neighbors. I am happy that we dodged the weather bullet for 2018. I believe 2019 will be a good year for Warren Township. It’s hard to believe this will be our 19th year in public office for Vic and myself. I would like to thank all the residents that reelected Vic and I and we will continue to do our very best for Warren Township. Looking back, I would like to reflect on some of the accomplishments and the visions that created the path that brought Warren Township to where we are today. The Township committee continues to keep Municipal taxes to one of the lowest in the county. And yet we continue to improve Township services. We are spending almost $1 million a year on road improvements and overlays. We developed new sports fields, added new playground and recreation equipment as well as renovated tennis courts and basketball courts. Built a new addition to our library that became one of the finest in the state of New Jersey. In 2016 we built a state-of-the-art new municipal complex that was way over needed, as well as all residents could use and fully compliant with American disability act.
We revised the master plan three times eliminating spot zoning, bonus lots, and re-zone to accommodate for state-mandated affordable housing.
We were the first in the state of New Jersey to create a working partnership with the county and nonprofit sports groups to develop Astroturf and grass fields and most important share the costs to keep taxes down for all residents.
In the past 19 years we repurchased and negotiated more open space in this administration than in the history of Warren Township, almost 800 acres.
In 2009 we were named the sixth best place to live in USA by Money magazine. We were also named best place to live in central jersey and number 2 in the state by New Jersey magazine, as well as being recognized as one of the safest communities in New Jersey two years in a row. We are also one of the few Municipalities in the state of New Jersey that are AAA bond rated by Mooney’s financial and Standard & Poor’s, we should all be proud.
I would also like to thank all the residents that volunteer their time and energy on Township boards, commissions, office of emergency management, fire, rescue
and all the employees at Town Hall, which without their help we would not be where we are today. Let us also not forget to continue to support all our local businesses, by keeping them strong and healthy, it keeps Warren Township strong and healthy.
There are always going to be challenges to face, and we will be ready and prepared to resolve or fight for the good and welfare of all Warren Township residents.
I want to wish everybody a happy and healthy new year.
Very truly yours,
Mayor Gary P. DiNardo
Deputy Mayor Mic Marion