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The Municipal Building is open for residents.
As you celebrate the 4th of July, Independence Day, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe day! It will be challenging to participate in the normal festivities while practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings. I would encourage residents to continue to make good choices and follow the guidelines that have been issued by our State and local officials. Pompton Lakes residents are resilient – we have experienced many challenges and we bond together and become stronger as a community.
Due to an abundance of caution and growing concerns about increased traffic in our community we are postponing the town wide garage sale to September 19, 2020. The hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Borough of Pompton Lakes and Business Improvement District are co-sponsoring a Shred-It day scheduled for Saturday, July 11th form 9:00am to 12:00noon in the Pondhole Parking Lot behind the Rhino Theatre.
The Borough of Pompton Lakes 2020-2021 Calendar and Information Reference Guide has been mailed to all residents. Please refer to the Calendar for schedules, department information as well as garbage and recycling collection regulations.
I would like to extend my congratulations to all the students who are graduating this year. Whether you were attending one of the elementary schools, Lincoln or Lenox, the middle school, Lakeside, or Pompton Lakes High School life has changed from the way you knew it. During these unprecedented times, students have had to adjust to distance learning, missing traditions and celebrations. Be proud of what you accomplished – the future is yours!
As we enter the various phases of re-opening, I would urge residents to frequent local businesses. The past several months have been difficult and the Business Improvement District has worked tireless to assure our businesses thrived during the pandemic. Many local restaurants and eateries adapted during COVID-19 and provided curbside pick-up. As restrictions ease, Mayor, Council and Borough officials are committed to assisting businesses with achieving compliance so they can resume business.
Passaic County sponsored a Food Distribution Drive-Thru relief program on June 10th in the High School parking lot. Myself, along with some councilmembers participated in the event and helped with distributing food. Passaic County also sponsors a COVID-Mobile Testing program at no cost for County residents. The County has scheduled the mobile unit for July 10th at the High School parking lot for Passaic County residents. I would like to thank the County for providing these services for residents.
With warmer weather, there has been increased recreational activities on the lake. Many residents have voiced concerns with speeding and carelessness on the lake with jet skiers and boaters. Jet skis are prohibited on the lake. The Governing Body along with the Police Department have discussed implementing boating restrictions. An Ordinance to establish hours for boating will be introduced during the July Council Meeting.
Pompton Lakes has been recognized by Trans Options (Street Smart Campaign) for achieving a gold level status. The program encourages children to safely walk or bicycle to school. During the summer months be cautious when driving especially when pedestrians are present. Remember you must stop if a pedestrian is in the cross walk – it is the law.
Although our COVID numbers in this area have been on the decline, we still need to continue to adhere to the COVID restrictions. Be safe.