Mayor's Message

2017 Mayors Message

Much needs to be said about the citizens in Stafford, they continue to prove their strength and resiliency, we have made great strides recovering from Superstorm Sandy and we continue to rebuild our Community with an eye for the future. We have also been successful challenging some of the new FEMA maps, changing the Base Flood Elevations, and helping people return back to their homes.

This year the Stafford Township new Bay Avenue Community Center will be completed, along with the adjacent Pine Street Community facility.  These two buildings will allow us to continue to support our numerous clubs and groups within Stafford and expand our services to our community.  Once we receive our FEMA reimbursement, we will be able to move forward with the replacement of the Mill Creek Community Center. The documented demands for these facilities are a strong indicator of the involvement of our citizens and their various organizations. 

Our responsibilities toward each and every resident include maintaining stable Municipal taxes as well as continuously improving the quality of life for everyone.  As our senior population continues to grow, the demands for specialized programs and services needs to be met.  Our senior population today is a vibrant and active segment of Stafford Township, they bring with them experience and knowledge as well as a willingness to volunteer.

The public demand to have these community centers and expand our current services remains a challenge that will be met with the new facilities once they are completed.  Our dedicated staff within our Recreation Department understands the needs of our residents and continues to offer new programs and services.  As your elected officials we are responsible to listen and work toward meeting those needs.

We remain committed to changing the way our government does business. It is time for government to look at all the options available and to focus on new and innovative ways to address issues, rather than simply throwing money at the problem. It is more important than ever for government to be responsible to the people, think outside the box, and be ever mindful that we are keepers of a sacred trust, the welfare of our citizens.

Stafford Township has so much to offer from our numerous parks and recreation opportunities, to shopping, and a quality school system.  Our geographic location in close proximity to Long Beach Island, Barnegat Bay, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New York assure our residents quick access to a variety of metropolitan areas while living in a quiet suburban atmosphere.

This year we will also be working on a review and update of the Long Range Master Plan.  Every ten years we are tasked with updating the planning for Stafford.  A review of the current zoning, recreation plan, environmental plan and all aspects of how we would like to see the town move into the future will be studied and reviewed.  We will also be taking this opportunity to address many of the existing ordinances which we feel need review.

Currently, Stafford has been able to preserve over 70% of its total land mass as open space; this open space serves our citizens in many ways acting as a giant recharge area filtering our rainfall prior to allowing it to absorb back into our critical aquifer which supplies our Community with all of its potable water supply.  In addition, this open land mass cleans our air, provides habitat for wildlife and limits the total development of our Town.  Controlling development is just one way of keeping taxes stable.

Our current focus has also been on addressing some of the tough storm water issues throughout the community that need engineering solutions.  The flooding on the streets in Mallard Island has now been addressed, we are moving toward correcting the flooding around the Neptune Basin.  These projects have been difficult to solve, however we remain committed to finding solutions.

Stafford Township is a unique and special place to live with a strong sense of community and great pride in who we are. It is that pride, and our appreciation of the richness of our history that enables us to face an exciting future full of opportunities and challenges.  I look forward to working with you the people of Stafford Township so that together we can meet these challenges and overcome all obstacles to an even brighter future. 

Stafford Township has so much to offer from our numerous parks and recreation opportunities, to shopping, and a quality school system.  Our geographic location in close proximity to Long Beach Island, Barnegat Bay, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New York assure our residents quick access to a variety of metropolitan areas while living in a quiet suburban atmosphere.

I am and will always be committed to changing the way our government does business. It is time for government to look at all the options available and to focus on new and innovative ways to address issues, rather than simply throwing money at the problem. It is more important than ever for government to be responsible to the people, think outside the box, and be ever mindful that we are keepers of a sacred trust, the welfare of our citizens.

I believe that we derive our strength as a community from the people in our community and that continues to be proven by events that pull all of us together.  Much of who we are as a community is the result of the numerous men and woman who volunteer countless hours in numerous capacities.  Our first responders, and numerous citizens who also volunteer their time in so many ways, including coaching our various teams, working at the hospital, and serving on our various boards are the heartbeat of Stafford, and we thank all of them.

I remain optimistic about the future of Stafford Township, and I am excited to be able to move forward with new approaches to existing problems.  I am also thrilled by the enthusiastic responses I have been receiving from our citizens, the County, the State, and Mayors from our surrounding towns.  As we experienced through hurricane Sandy many of these problems do not recognize boundaries on a map, we are all in this together, and together we can all find solutions.