Mayor Vergano

 
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Dear Friends:

I begin this letter humbled with gratitude for the support and kindness of our community while I was undergoing cancer treatment. The many cards, prayers and good wishes for my recovery were overwhelming! I am thankful to report that I am in remission, feeling better than ever, and ready to be your Mayor for the next four years! One of my many pleasures as Mayor is to highlight our municipal employees and as such, I want to acknowledge the excellent job they did during my illness. Their resilience and inner strength working tirelessly to maintain Wayne Township’s excellent service to our residents was truly remarkable! It was because of their dedication and professionalism that the Township functioned seamlessly.

It is also hard to believe that our Township and our nation are still being impacted by the pandemic which began over 18 months ago! It seems like things change on a daily basis, but our staff has reacted with ingenuity and innovation to consistently meet the needs of our community. Accordingly, I would like to recognize Mary Ann Orapello, our Health Officer, DCapt. Dan Daly, our OEM Coordinator and their dedicated staff and volunteers for once again providing our residents with essential COVID testing and vaccine clinics. Their unwavering efforts are a true testament to their commitment to our community.

Our annual budget allocates resources to a variety of Township priorities and programs to ensure the community’s security, enhance our resident’s quality of life and maintain Wayne’s facilities and infrastructure. Although we continue to experience the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, this budget represents my continued commitment to prudent fiscal management while responding to our community’s highest priorities for service and capital needs. As such, I am pleased to announce that under the direction of Tim Roetman, the Director of Parks and Recreation, our all-inclusive playground at Shai Shacknai Memorial Park has been completed and children of all abilities have been enjoying this facility. Additional facets of our municipality that I am delighted to highlight are the numerous programs that we offer to our residents. Programs such as the summer concert series, Senior Olympics, dental clinics and rabies clinics. Additionally, there are two accomplishments which I am very proud of. Firstly, through the FEMA “Buy-out” program, the Township has purchased over 300 homes in flood prone areas and secondly, the Township has reached a settlement with Fair Share Housing, regarding our 3rd round Mount Laurel obligation that is appropriate for our community.

I want to express my appreciation to the Township Council; our dedicated employees; the men and women of our Police Department; the members of our Volunteer Fire Department and the members of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad for their steadfast commitment to our residents. Additionally, I would like to thank the members of the various Township Boards and Commissions; and all the volunteers who donate countless hours of their time for the betterment of our community.  Finally, I’d like to welcome Sharyn Matthews, the Township’s new HR Director and Chris Tietjen, the Township’s new Business Administrator, as well as thank Neal Bellet for temporarily returning as our interim Business Administrator.  

I thank you for your continued support to serve as your Mayor and please feel free to contact me at 973-694-1800, ext. 3200 or email me with any thoughts or concerns you may have. I look forward to your input.

Sincerely,

Christopher P. Vergano
Mayor