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It has been a very busy month, and with the weather and pace of vaccine distributions steadily improving we are expecting our worlds to open up even more.

Any Robbinsville senior age 65 and older who still have not received their first vaccine dose, or still cannot make an appointment due to long wait times, please call CH Kang at our Senior Center at (609) 259-1567 extension 3101 and we will help facilitate an appointment for you.

The past 13 months have been a slow, arduous and often devastating grind with countless twists and turns, but I just want you all to know how proud I am of this town and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not completely out of the woods yet, but we’re getting there. If you are signed up on multiple vaccination site lists, remember the best vaccine is the first vaccine offered to you. Take it!

In the hopes that indoor restrictions will be eased by autumn, we have decided to postpone our annual State of Robbinsville Township/Pay it Forward event until the fall with a target of early October. Usually held in April or early May, “Pay it Forward” is our marquee event of the year and we are once again looking to help an individual or family in need by “Paying it Forward.” Since 2015, we have raised over $350,000 and we are looking forward to inching closer to a goal that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago—a half million dollars!

We also plan on hosting Community Day in 2021 after having to cancel last year’s event due to COVID-19 but, as with the State of the Township address, we will need to be light on our feet and prepare to shift that event from June to the fall in the hopes of safely accommodating a larger outdoor crowd if need be.

Business Administrator Joy Tozzi and Chief Financial Officer Debbie Bauer have been working tirelessly on our 2021 municipal budget, and while all the Ts are not crossed and Is dotted, I can say with a large degree of certainty that budget will contain a flat (or reduced) tax rate for an unprecedented ninth consecutive year. I will address the approximately $1.4 million Robbinsville Township received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act in more detail as soon as final Federal guidance on how to use those funds comes our way.

Shifting gears again, I was proud to be one of the more than 100 elected officials, attorneys and members of the public to take part in the March 16 hearing held by the NJ Board of Public Utilities in its investigation into the service, network reliability, pricing and other business practices of Optimum/Altice-USA.

The BPU did not render any decisions, or provide a timeline for any future actions, but some very clear messages were sent, not the least of which was all the folks on that nearly six-hour virtual call cannot be wrong. We will keep holding this company’s feet to the fire until its services improve from top to bottom.

On a brighter note, let’s get outside and enjoy our parks with spring in bloom and I look forward to seeing you all soon. Good luck, Robbinsville Little League baseball and softball players!

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