Mayor Converses with Biz Leaders over BreakfastPosted on May 4, 2017
On Wednesday, April 26th a room of Montgomery business leaders had breakfast, networked and listened to Mayor Ed Trzaska speak and field questions from the audience. This public event was organized by the Montgomery Business Association. Jean Robinson, MBA President, opened the meeting.
Mayor Trzaska commented, “We have a very engaged population and I love meeting Montgomery residents and business leaders. It is an important way for me to keep up-to-date on what our community cares about and to share updates on initiatives the Township Committee is working on. Thanks to MBA for this opportunity once again!”
In his speech, Mayor Trzaska stressed that the Township Committee continues to adhere to their core governing principles – doing more with less, protecting public health and safety services, and preserving Montgomery’s rural character while enhancing the commercial sections in town. The mayor was proud to share that Montgomery Township spending is below 2005 levels and the Township has reduced debt by almost $30 million.
This fiscal responsibility means that Montgomery now has the ability to wisely and thoughtfully invest more in the community, he stated. For example, Montgomery significantly invests in public safety services to keep up our excellent safety record and the high quality of the police department.
The mayor talked about the need for road maintenance. Over the past three years, the township has approved more road projects than any other time in recent history – over $7 million. In total, Township projects have repaved, reconstructed, or repaired over 35 public roads in Montgomery. This year, Montgomery has already addressed much needed roadwork on many of the main arteries in town –
Orchard Road, Sunset Road, Cherry Valley Road, Cherry Hill Road, Burnt Hill Road, Princeton Avenue, and several others.
The mayor said the team remains passionate about protecting our rural character and continues to look for the best opportunities to preserve more land. In 2016, 170 acres of new open space was preserved. In addition, some resources are being invested to make our existing park land more attractive and usable for residents, he explained.
The mayor fielded questions on topics such as upcoming building projects “Montgomery Place” by Pike Run and “Montgomery Promenade” by the airport. This second project will include offsite road improvements to help lessen traffic at Rt. 206 and Rt. 518. He was asked about the likelihood that the Township will renovate the aging municipal building. He said estimates on rehabilitation came in at over $15 million and more cost-effective options are being considered (at the current and other locations).
“We all had a wonderful conversation. This is a great event every year and I am planning other ‘town hall’ style meetings in 2017. It has been a rewarding and an excellent way for me to stay connected with our residents and businesses.”
Over 500 residents have attended earlier town hall meetings. Anyone interested in having Mayor Trzaska speak to their homeowner association or other Montgomery based organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Montgomery Township Public Info