A Message From Mayor Henry
The Township’s Health and Wellness page has been revamped and our Wellness Council is in place. Our council members strive to provide Old Bridge residents with healthy lifestyle choices by providing resources, programs, and activities available that will improve their health, wellness and quality of life. Last month, as part of our Health and Wellness campaign, and in partnership with the County Office on Aging and Disabled Services, our seniors went to the Middlesex County Senior Health and Fitness Walk in Roosevelt Park.
With the school year underway it is now time for a safety reminder for the kids. Please look for children crossing the street. Children may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars. Also, our Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Halloween Spooktakular at the Old Bridge Municipal Complex on Saturday, October 28 from 11a.m. to 2p.m.
We continue to receive inquiries from individuals and businesses looking to move to Old Bridge or expand existing businesses throughout the Township. Economic Development is a top priority and we are constantly working with developers, realtors, owners and property managers. We strive to manage growth, improve quality of life and the value of our community.
The Hurricane season is upon us and the impact caused by the recent set of storms is a serious reminder that emergency preparedness is an essential part of disaster prevention. Residents can find weather updates, public safety alerts and important contact information for PSE&G and JCP&L. Our own TV15 will also display any news, and report pertinent information for power outages, storm updates and township advisories. The Office of Emergency Management plans, trains and coordinates to do whatever is necessary to quickly respond to an emergency or disaster. They also work with the many responding agencies and various support groups, such as our First Aid Squads, Fire and Police Departments to run drills and test our emergency operations plan.
During the spring and summer months, our Department of Engineering and Public Works staff assessed the condition of the Township roadways. With the data collected, a comprehensive five year paving program was established and presented to myself and the council for their consideration in the yearly Capital Budget Spending Plan. As summer comes to a close and we are set to mobilize the construction phase of our Annual Paving Program on/or about September 25th to resurface approximately 20 municipal owned roadways. Construction of the Cottrell Road Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project began on September 14th, to construct a five foot wide sidewalk, lighting and landscaping from County Route 516 to the John Piccolo Ice Arena. The Township continues to look for alternative means of funding, such as grants, to be able fund such projects. The Cottrell Road Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program has been funded through an NJDOT Municipal Aid Grant.
I want to recognize the hard work of the men and women that work in our Police Department and therefore, would like to announce the promotions of Captain Donald Fritz, Lieutenant Edward Jaruziewicz, and Detective Sargent Robert Mazalewski as well as our newly appointed officers: Venacio Tavares, Jessica Caffey, Daniel Haviland and Gregory Nielsen.
We are honoring our former councilman, Reggie Butler with a dedication plaque currently located outside the courtroom as well as our own Department of Public Works being called the “Reggie Butler Department of Public Works.”