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April 2006

A core mission of the League of Women Voters of Mountain Lakes is the promotion of citizens' participation in government.  In support of this mission, this study addressed how to encourage citizens to run for local elected office as well as volunteer to serve on school and borough committees and commissions.  The study identified four critical areas for successful promotion of elected or appointed positions:

1.    a formal system of "asking" qualified candidates to run
2.    increased resident involvement in committees
3.    comprehensive dissemination of information
4.    making elected positions attractive to potential candidate

April 2005

Support of our position recommending that the Board of Education vigorously pursue educational resources that can be accessed without increasing taxes to residents. Specifically, the League recommends that the Board of Education work with the local community to explore the following options: the creation of a development program, the establishment of a human resource bank, the establishment of a community round table planning meeting, the solicitation of funds for endowments to the schools, the use of wish lists, the use of new fund raising techniques to elicit community financial commitment to educational resources.

2004

Support for our position to create a comprehensive watershed management plan to encompass all water that falls within the Borough’s borders. In addition the Borough should create a riparian buffer ordinance. Citizen education and stewardship programs are the keystones to stream and watershed management. The League supports a joint-committee approach to stream and watershed management.

April 2003

Support of our position to carry out the recommendations of the Master Plan Circulation Plan as well as additional recommendations to improve the safety of our streets for pedestrians and bicyclists: These include use of traffic calming measures; improving safety around the schools, including initiating a "Safe Routes to School" program; maintenance of sidewalks, rights-of-way; adding striping, pedestrian-activated crossing lights, pedestrian-only streets, and improved public transportation. Recommends forming a community advocacy  committee. 

March 2003

Support of our position to sustain the current level of commitment to emergency planning and preparedness in the Borough and to augment the current practices in several areas: expanding the mission and activities of the OEM and LEPC, resident preparation for an emergency, borough-to-resident communication during an emergency, and emergency planning and preparedness in the Mountain Lakes schools.

2002

Support of our position protecting the Borough’s woodlands and open space from development, protecting streams, utilizing the Borough’s less sensitive open space for trails with care for the natural environment, taking judicious action to maintain the health of the woodlands and streams, and educating residents. Recommends forming a Woodlands Sub-committee and more proactive involvement with the streams.

2001

Support of our position to continue compost promotion, leaf drop off at the ML Recycling Center, monthly curbside brush collection, and prevention of dumping on Borough lots. Encourages Borough to augment its programs, especially composting and curbside brush collection, through more active education and extended weekend recycling hours. Recommends Borough offer a leaf disposal option that is fair, equitable, and safe.

2001

Support of our position to recognize Rt. 46 as an important part of our Borough and to treat it as such. Recommendations include asking the Borough to devote resources to improving the appearance and functionality of the highway, commissioning a design vision, encouraging support of the businesses and landowners, establishing a regular communication forum between Borough and businesses, pursuing outside funding for improvements, reviewing ordinances, and protecting the well recharge area.

2000

Support of our position that recommends to Borough Council to form a Lyme Disease Committee to keep abreast of current research and coordinate various forms of community education and prevention. Also recommends that the Board of Education increase awareness of Lyme Disease among staff, students and parents and implement tick prevention maintenance practices on school grounds.

2000

Support of our position to revitalize the Midvale area as a center of our community. Recommendations include forming a Borough Midvale Area Committee to address the implementation process, creating a pedestrian plaza, moving some Borough services to the area, a pedestrian and vehicular plan connecting the area to the library and post office, mixed-use zoning, landscaping, and investigating outside funding and consulting services.

1999

Support of our position to reaffirm the 1987 consensus, and further urged Borough Council to investigate a Conservation District, establish an advisory review committee, require training for Borough representatives, consistently enforce ordinances, investigate zoning incentives, and educate the population on the historical and park-like aspects of Mountain Lakes.

1999 update of 1989 consensus

Support of our position on the quality of our drinking water and the need to prevent local contamination of the aquifer. Recommendations include acquire all land within 600 feet of well No. 5, a protective berm be constructed around Well No. 5, ensure adequate emergency plans for a spill and the passage of a well head protection program.  Recommends that all wells in Borough are located and properly capped to prevent contamination of the aquifer and water conservation education.

1999 update of 1983 consensus

Support of our position to encourage the Borough Council to educate citizens and service people about the upkeep and preservation of our lakes, and for the Board of Education to adopt the study of our lakes into their curriculum.

1998

Support of our position on the concept of the Mountain Lakes Educational Foundation as a source of funding for our educational system, with a majority of the funds raised going towards an endowment fund and a small percentage going toward a special project. Also, supports the Board of Education’s efforts to obtain grants, recognizes the benefits of school-business partnerships, and opposes the concept of "pay for play."

Local Government

1993

Support of our position on local government that makes recommendations on the role of volunteer committees/commissions in our local government, suggests personnel policies and practices for the staff at Borough Hall, and recommends the establishment of a task force to study improvement of communication from the government to the residents.

Parks and Recreation

1992

Support of our consensus to restructure the responsibilities of the Recreation Commission and its Director, to strengthen the sports and enrichment activities for K-12, and the renovation and upgrading of existing playground equipment on Borough property. In addition, the consensus supports the continued maintenance and improvement of all recreational facilities.

Local Solid Waste

1990

Support of our consensus to hire a paid professional to direct, coordinate and educate residents on the solid waste/recycling program and that the Borough investigate back door collection of recyclables, collection of bulky waste at the depot, Saturday depot hours, and per container fees.

Historic Preservation

1988

Support of our consensus that there is concurrence with the 1987 position and that Historic Preservation Districts and a public education program work to maintain the physical characteristics of Mountain Lakes.

Character of Mountain Lakes

1987

Support of our consensus on the preservation of the physical and nonphysical characteristics of Mountain Lakes, including recommendations to strengthen certain land-use and environmental ordinances to maintain this character.

1984

Support of our recommendations concerning the purpose and goals of the Citizen’s Search Committee, which encourages residents to run for the Board of Education.

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Contact Information:

League of Women Voters Mountain Lakes

P.O. Box 64

Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

lwvmtnlakes@gmail.com