Reorganization Day, January 1, 2012

Welcome and thank you for coming today. I want to personally thank my fellow committee members, our professionals Dave, John, Jerry, Sharon, the ladies in the office, and all of our employees and volunteers for their dedication and hard work this past year. It truly has been an honor to serve with all of you, whom I consider family. A special thank you goes out to Jeff, who has sat in the center seat the past four years and has taken the heat for all of us. Also, with us today is Monsignor Ken (Mr. Barnegat) and State Senator Chris Connors. Last and not least, I want to thank my wife Jackie and my family for their support through the years I have served.

This coming year will bring with it unique challenges and the added mysticism of the year 2012. This committee has a plan and will face these problems head-on. Extraordinary measures will be implemented, which I believe, will serve as a model for other municipalities. We will work hard to try and bring successful closures to the Menk and County litigation’s, the Mark Madison Ocean Acres rezoning, the assessment discrepancies which will allow us to stabilize taxes and the completion of the Lower Shore recreation area. We shall continue strengthening our relationship with surrounding Municipalities to enhance shared services and maintain the safety and up-keep of Barnegat. In order to do this, we will need the support of all of our residents. We will do our part continuing to make sure that the public is informed of the issues and what steps are being taken to alleviate them. If we work together and with the grace of God, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

May all of you have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.