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Haddon Heights to Receive 2010 Innovation in Governance Award.

November 8, 2010

Mayor Scott Alexander

Mayor Scott Alexander announced that the Borough of Haddon Heights is a recipient of the 2010 Innovation in Governance Award for Innovative Economic Development for Project Garnet.  The Mayor said,

“it is gratifying to receive recognition and confirmation for Project Garnet from the State Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey League of Municipalities.”

The Project Garnet team of elected officials, Municipal employees, and volunteers put in many hours to create an innovative but practicable project resulting in many benefits to residents, including property tax reduction.

Project Garnet was created in direct response to resident’s desire for more economic development in the Borough, as recorded in a 2008 Resident Satisfaction survey. Project Garnet consists of multiple components including the relocation of public works operations, the sale of municipal land and the creation of residential housing.

“Our residents know that in addition to controlling spending, we need to increase revenues and ratables to hold off increases in property taxes,”

said Mayor Alexander.

 

The elections last week reconfirmed the policies of Mayor Alexander and Republican Council members put in place over the last 3 years. The pre-election Democrat rhetoric has been silenced by Republican incumbents Council President Rose Fitzgerald and Councilman Ed Forte winning with 57% of the vote. This is a clear referendum that Project Garnet is a great project and is to proceed as planned. The Mayor has said that the residents have spoken again that what they care about is tax control and quality of life, not Council members who vote no to tax decreases.

In another economic development initiative, the Borough also hopes to receive approval from the DEP any day for their remediation plan to convert 4 acres of a former landfill into active recreational space. This initiative will add new soccer and multi-use fields to the Borough for use by all residents

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