2021 Message from Mayor Andrew Wade
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Waterford Township is one of the oldest municipalities in New Jersey, having been formed in 1694. We have a proud past and a promising future. We offer outstanding schools, quiet country living and proximity to major shopping areas. I have lived in Waterford Township for 59 years and my family has been here since the 1800’s. My family has operated a business in the Township since 1940 and we are still continuing to thrive.
This year’s Township Committee is committed to bringing change to Waterford in a positive manner and promote Waterford as a great place to live and do business.
Last year the dynamic of the Township Committee dramatically changed. For the first time in many years, every Committee member’s ideas, input, and contribution was expected and welcomed. In addition, every resident’s contribution was respected and appreciated. Despite a pandemic that slowed the world, we made significant progress in moving Waterford Township in the right direction.
Here are the highlights of what our Township Committee accomplished:
- Township Committee passed the 2020 budget with a ZERO increase in the local municipal tax
- Township meetings became truly open to the public. Issues were discussed openly; public comment and suggestions were encouraged, and the number of closed sessions drastically reduced.
- I made a commitment to rebuild Public Works and I am proud to say that we have successfully begun handling Trash and Recycling collection by our own Public Works employees. The cost savings are anticipated to be approximately $175,000 in the first year and $250,000 per year thereafter.
- We are working with the County to make Atco Lake an integral part of the County Park System. Already, a boat launch has been prepared and excess shore foliage removed. Additional plans to be implemented in 2021 will include paved parking areas, a walking trail, and the removal of excess lily pads which presently clog the lake.
- Trout Drive and Maple Avenue were repaved. The repaving of Dayton Avenue will begin this spring and the County is scheduled to repave Atco Avenue this year. A grant in the amount of $276,840.00 has been secured for the reconstruction of Clifford Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets.
- The Economic Development Committee has been re-established and a Director of Community Development appointed. The Committee is composed of approximately 15 Township residents and has already met on several occasions to discuss ways to attract business.
- Township Committee has arranged to move the library from its present location to the Atco Plaza which will make it ADA compliant, increase the amount of parking, expand the size of the facility by a third and breathe new life into the plaza. Additionally, this will enable the Township to sell the old site. Already there has been an expressed interest to turn it into an eatery to compliment the new Brewery.
These are just some of the strides we have recently taken to move our Township forward. As the newly appointed Mayor, I look forward to working with Township Committee to continue this progress.
Mayor Andrew Wade