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TOWN OF PHILLIPSBURG
120 Filmore Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Town Website: www.phillipsburgnj.org
This is my third Mayor’s report and I am proud to report to accomplishments that have been achieved so far.
First, I have received several phone calls and have seen many posts on social media about the library, squad and fire department closing. These rumors are not true. I am a trustee of the library and an honorary member of the Phillipsburg Emergency Squad and have no intentions of closing them down. Whoever is spreading the rumors, it needs to stop now.
The war on garbage continues by working together. We have cleaned up approximately 100 plus properties in 30 days. Again, kudos to our dedicated DPW workers and inspections for their work and cooperation to achieve a cleaner town.
Last week Council President Piazza, Councilman Wyant, Town Attorney Rich Wenner and I met with the partners of Bridge Development for updates on the progress of the IR project. They stated they have a letter of intent to sign a lease with a major distributing beverage company to be named later. I would like to thank all involved with this project dating back to 2012. History continues in the making for jobs and prosperity for Phillipsburg and our residents.
I met with Dr. Troxell at the Phillipsburg High School to extend our lease with the Freeman school and the Andover Morris building until at least September 2021. Dr. Troxell will recommend doing this at the next school board meeting. Thank you Dr. Troxell for your full cooperation to work with the Town of Phillipsburg.
I also met with Freeholder James Kern III to help with transportation to Shoprite. He stated there is money in Warren County’s budget to transport residents back and forth to tackle the problem. Thank you, Freeholder Kern for working together with the town of Phillipsburg
The Mayor’s Office has decided with full cooperation of council to paint our recreation buildings garnet and gray. We will also be painting yellow on the blind spot curbs throughout the town. We are planning this for early spring.
Specs have been done for the demolition of 145-147 Mercer St. This is ready to go out for bids.
VanCleef Engineering has been instructed to work with Kevin Duddy and Warren County for the demolition of the Icehouse.
We met with the town Engineer about stormwater management plans and he will be making a presentation to council and residents soon.
Tomorrow, Mayor Sal Panto asked to meet with me to discuss inspection issues and other programs that may benefit our town.
Finally, I will be having frequent updates from Chief Stettner for a full and transparent Government.
Thank you everyone for the honor of allowing me to be your Mayor in The Town of Phillipsburg.
Todd M. Tersigni
Mayor of Phillipsburg
JANUARY 21, 2020
This is my second Mayor’s report and I have positive information to report tonight.
First, I would like to say that we continue to clean up Phillipsburg. Seventy plus properties have been cleaned up. We are all getting positive remarks from many residents through Face Book, text messages and e-mails. Positive re-enforcement will drive me in a positive mode to continue the war on garbage.
Second: I want to propose to council a property management company ordinance for absentee landlords, bank owned properties, unoccupied properties etc. that live more than 10 miles away from Phillipsburg. This will give our residents a better quality of life and for the betterment of Phillipsburg. It will also make absentee landlords pay a management co. to control vermin and other problems that may occur. This will make landlords accountable for issues we face now. I need cooperation for inspections and my future property management inspector. I must say inspections are complying with the Mayor. I met with Mayor Sal Panto before I was sworn in that this is a solution for a better quality of life. We did not just shake hands, eat lunch and have a photo op. We both agreed on many things, but most of all we will work together.
Third: Last week Counsel President Piazza, Councilman Wyant and Engineer Shrek discussed a comprehensive road surfacing program. The roads that need surfacing must have sewer inspections before this can happen. I believe the bidding for this project goes out March 3rd. We must do this first because we can not dig up our new surfaces once they are in place and waste tax payer’s money.
Fourth: The Firthtown Falcons will be saved. My Grandfather was one of the founders of this great organization, John R Coyle and Master sergeant in WW2 would be overjoyed. I wrestled and played baseball for Firthtown since 1969 share the same feelings and emotions. They are now under the towns umbrella. Town attorney Richard Wenner along with CFO Bob Merlo, Councilman Robert Fulper and Council President Randy Piazza all must be commended by working together and under the direction of our two new Coordinators, Matthew Scerbo and Darren Bodough we will make Firthtown a success. I believe all the people just mentioned truly care about the children and this youth organization now and for generations to come. They will work with the recreation director and under my direction, the Mayor.
Fifth: Tonight, will begin the clean space campaign and potential redevelopment process for unfixable properties.
- 85 Lewis St
- 147-149 Mercer St (Fire Properties)
- Ice House
- Mayor Todd Tersigni
- In my closing, I want to thank you all again for allowing me the honor and privilege to be your Mayor of Phillipsburg.
- This Mayor and Council are working together, and the proof is all there.
- These properties in my opinion need to be eliminate. I will target many other properties, I promise you that and we all know which ones they are