Message from the Mayor #21

Hello Everyone,

     I very much hope you all are well and looking forward to Thanksgiving which is right around the corner. I have a few thoughts to share with you.

     The COVID numbers are escalating drastically. We are seeing this on the news almost continually. I just would like to emphasize, at the risk of being repetitive, how serious this situation is. On November 11th the number of new cases was 3,078. Yesterday, only a few days later, the number climbed to 4,026 with 16,618 deaths and 287,000+ cases overall. The number of daily new cases sets a record almost every day now. It may be that  a vaccine is coming soon which is the best news we have had in a long time. However, on a conference call with Judith Persichilli, the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health, a few weeks ago she explained that the process of rolling out the vaccine will be monumental and take significant time. The point is simple. We need now as much as ever before  to be cautious and smart.

     There has been talk about possibly hiring an administrator in Mantoloking which is a position established to help run the day to day workings of the town. I have assembled an advisory committee to spend the next several weeks looking into this to see if it would be beneficial for the town to consider this possibility. The members are Councilmen Brad Batcha and Doug Nelson and residents Nancy Van Duyne, Susan Voorhees and Peter Fasolo. I cannot express enough my appreciation to this group for agreeing to take on this project which is an extremely important one as we move into the future and it’s unknowns. I very much look forward to their recommendations which will be presented to the residents and governing body at the Council Meeting on January 19th, 2021. If you would like to speak with one of these members with questions or comments, please call our Clerk Beverley Konopada at 732-475-6983 Ext 313 or email her at boroclek@mantoloking.org.

     Finally, we will have our annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 6th at 5:00 outside the firehouse. Santa will arrive via fire truck  (sadly no treats this year) and then Dick Goldman will lead us singing X-Mas carols. All refreshments will be BYO. Even if a bit streamlined this will be a fun event as it always is. We look forward to seeing you there.

That is it for now. As always, please feel free to call or write with any thoughts you might have.

Stay safe be well and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Best,

Lance White

Mayor