As we end one year and begin another I like to review what we have accomplished and what we are looking forward to in the year to come.
2017 brought a lot of exciting happenings in Wharton. We completed a lot of road improvement projects, many which were funded through grants, we built a new water tank, we improved various parks, we updated our holiday decorations on Main Street, our Municipal Alliance put on many great events, Canal Day was another great success, we started a Twitter account and a Mayor’s Newsletter to continue our efforts in keeping in contact with residents, we continued work on revitalizing Main Street through the economic development public and business meetings, we continue to be financially sound, we remain the second lowest municipal tax per capita in Morris County. Our employees, Police Department, and DPW continue to be the best around. Our volunteers on the Fire Department, for Canal Day, for the Carnival, serving on our Boards, and for other events continue to make Wharton a great place to live and work.
2018 should be another excellent year. We are planning on continuing work on roadway improvements. We recently received a $71,600 trails grant for a trails project on Irondale Mountain. We are continuing work on revitalization and focusing on our local businesses. Each month my newsletter will feature a new category of local businesses that we encourage everyone to support. Morris County has told us that the Main Street extension will be completed this year, which has been a long time coming, and will help to alleviate traffic issues. We are continuing our partnership with Habitat for Humanity in a program that assists seniors with projects to help them age in place. With these projects and more, 2018 will be a great year for Wharton.