Part of the reason I decided to run for Council is because I believe there are a number of ways to make services in the borough friendlier for our residents. One important way to do this is by providing better lines of communication. Perhaps you’ve noticed some of the new additions the newly formed Communications Committee, which I co-chair, has been working on to improve this area.
We’ve launched a monthly newsletter, the “Monthly Buzz” that is included in the electric bill. It’s taken us several months to work out some of the kinks, but we think we’re finally fully off the ground. Our next step is expanding to ensure that the newsletter serves not just as a way to provide borough information but also to assist in community building by providing some community information as well. We’re finishing up the details of the policy for this expansion now and will launch it in the near future.
Maybe you’ve liked the “South River Boro” Facebook page. This is a space to keep up to date on borough events, official news, new services, and other resources that the borough is working on.
Speaking of calendars, a common aspect of both of the newsletter and the Facebook presence is to begin creating a community calendar to let residents know what’s going on in our busy little town. We’re discussing ways to further expand, unify, and coordinate this to provide a single place for this knowledge.
In addition, we’ve been working all year to provide more detailed resources on the borough website, southrivernj.org, so that it becomes the place where residents can visit when they want to find answers to their questions.
All of these efforts are focused on creating a more cohesive, organized way of obtaining information so that residents can utilize all of the services available to them.
But we realized early on that communication needs to work two ways to be effective. We’ve provided feedback in the development of the numerous services available through “DO•it” that allow residents to report concerns (REPORT•it), provide feedback (CALL•it), and later this year, begin to file applications online (FILE•it).
The communications committee has many more ideas lined up to help to better bridge many of the gaps that keep residents in the dark. I’m excited that we now have a council that supports new ideas, that these ideas are being acted upon, and we’re seeing progress. I’m excited for the future of our borough.