This year we have experienced unprecedented challenges not only in our community and nation, but across the world. Our lives, including how we gather as a community and how we do business, have been drastically altered because of COVID-19. Accordingly, the formulation of the Township’s municipal budget, which involves a number of variables, some which can be anticipated and some which cannot, proved rather challenging. Annually we encounter expenses such as law enforcement, solid waste and recycling collection, maintenance of our streets and recreational fields, in addition to the financial support that the Township provides to our First Aid Squad and Fire Departments and organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and PAL. However, because my administration has always been fiscally conservative, we have been able to mitigate much of the COVID-19 financial impact, keep fees low for our residents, and continue to provide quality services to our community. This is the core function of municipal government and despite the significant challenges we’ve faced together, I am proud of the diligence and commitment of our municipal staff to assist Wayne Township residents and businesses through these trying times.
I am also pleased to note that on January 8, 2021, Wayne Township was able to switch from providing COVID-19 testing to providing the COVID-19 vaccine by opening a Township COVID-19 vaccination clinic located in the vacant Macy’s store in the Preakness Shopping Center. Our health department, under the direction of MaryAnn Orapello, in conjunction with our Emergency Management Coordinator, DCapt. Dan Daly and numerous volunteers, medical staff, first aid squad members, CERT team members and police officers have worked tirelessly to provide a local site for administration of the vaccine. Likewise, through the generosity of James Crowley, the Manager of our local Philly Pretzel Factory, we were able to provide warm pretzels to all of our clinics’ patients and staff alike. To all of them I say, “Thank you for your unwavering commitment and service to the residents of Wayne Township.” Because of their efforts, we have been able to vaccinate over 10,000 of our residents thus far.
Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize and thank the Preakness Shopping Center owner, Hekemian and Company, for their outstanding community partnership by graciously donating their vacant store space to Wayne Township for our vaccine distribution. This large space enabled the Township to vaccinate a significant number of people through our many clinics. Clearly, the safety and wellbeing of all our residents is paramount to me, my administration and our community.
I would like to thank the Township Council, Police Department, all members of Township Boards and Commissions, our volunteer First Aid Squad, Fire Department members, youth coaches, and the dedicated employees of Wayne Township for their continued dedication to our community. As such, I can promise our residents that my administration will continue to provide you with high-quality services throughout these extraordinary times.
Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as your Mayor and I will continue to work hard every day to make Wayne Township a great place to live, work and raise a family. Please feel free to contact me at 973-694-1800, ext. 3200 or at email with any thoughts or concerns you may have.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller
Christopher P. Vergano