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What is Your 2013 Washington Twp. Resolution?

If you could change one thing about Washington Township in the new year, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Washington Township to make it an even better place to live?

It's been an up and down year, so here are a few suggestions resolution suggestions. If you have your own, of course add it to our comments section.

  • Find a new electric utility provider or make JCP&L work better
  • Add to or cut from municipal spending for various services/personnel in town
  • Make changes to the school districts in some way (specify in comments section)
  • Add sidewalks in parts of town to make area more walkable


What is on your Washington Township wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below and as always, thanks for participating! 

LV Outdoorsman007 December 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
We should increase school secerity without more guns or guards.
Alice Jameson December 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
We should advance adult literacy.
Not Domino December 28, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Reduce property taxes (so that I can be able to sell my house and get out of here! The property taxes here are insanely and unjustifiably high, especially considering the minimal town-provided services we receive.)
roger freiday December 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
only ONE resolution ? Has to be, CLOSE an under utilized school and SAVE MONEY, and then LOWER TAXES ! Get rid of that BOGUS, educator top-heavy ''schools utilization'' committee too. Other than closing a school, if that does not happen, we should bag JCPL for ANY other source.
Moses Lonn December 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Lower property taxes. And the only likely way for that to happen is to close the oldest school or, better yet, enter into a long term lease of the facility to a private operating entity and generate some revenue from the deal. Cutting back on school overhead administration will be a bonus, but that could happen with or without a sale.
Jim Verinder December 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Require home owners to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow storm ending
MaryLynn Schiavi December 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Bring back a venue like Rosie's Cafe in the center of Long Valley and attract businesses and activities that cater to a more artistic and intellectual crowd. Would be great to have a center for yoga, meditation, creative visualization, classes in world religions and spirituality. The "downtown" area could have cool shops and outdoor cafes but not just full of 'bric-a-brac' -- more like the left bank of Paris. Would also be great to have horse drawn carriage rides through the downtown area at certain times of the year as well as outdoor music and dance events.
Hookerman December 29, 2012 at 03:22 AM
The problem is that we don't have any artistic intellectuals in LV. we have corporate stiffs who pack the Dunkin Donuts on the way into the office. All those quaint, trendy shops that have graced the village area have failed, failed, failed.
Brian December 30, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Lease out the unneeded school and make revenue. CONNECT terminating sidewalks on flocktown and naughright so people can venture safely from one neighborhood to the other. Less cars, beneficial to health, increases sense of community.
cindy boerner lay January 01, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Bring back schooley's mountain lake George swim club! Utilize clubhouse as community center. Consolidate various services with neighboring towns. Lower taxes.
Anonymous January 01, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Lower the speed limit on Pleasant Grove Road. 45 mph is dangerous.
Nancy Bodnar January 01, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I was going to write that we need a town pool, but I like Cindy's idea above.......schooley's Mountain Lake George Swim Club.
Hookerman January 01, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Do you realize how polluted the water is in Lake George??? Not only is there sewage run-off that ends up in the lake, but loads of fecal matter from the thousands of geese that land there. There's a reason they banned all swimming years ago.
Brian January 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Hookerman has a very valid point. How about the township clearing a section of the pond for ice skating during the winter?
Abraham Clark January 02, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Here are my thoughts as a concerned citizen of the area for many years 1.)Create a residency requirment for all Washington Township Police. Many towns in Nj have residency requirements and it increases professionalism within the force and creates a beneficial bond between citizens and the police. 2.) Hobby shop in the center of town, we are not encouraging our youth to have hobbies, therefore they turn to drugs and bad behavior. 3) Have a policeman patrol the center of town on foot. Uses less gas, and forms good relationships with area businesses and owners. 4.) Sell the police station, it isnt needed for the few police we have. The cost of heating, cooling and maintanence is too high. 5.) Make the police station a seniors center 6.) Stop dressing up the Spartan Mart as a restaurant. Its a two bay repair shop, I dont want to eat in a gas station. Stop trying to be something that you arent. A good mechanic should own the property and repair vehicles there. Repair shops and antique stores are the only businesses that can survive in the center of town. With no safety inspections in NJ, we need good technicians to inspect and repair our vehicles to keep us safe, our families safe and everyone else on the road safe. Keep you're cars safe folks!
MTSO January 02, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Close a school and lower our taxes.
Nancy Bodnar January 02, 2013 at 01:51 PM
OK, the lake is polluted. So, a pool for the town. We built a dog park. How about a community pool to bring out town together?
stacie bohr January 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Agreed!!
stacie bohr January 02, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Be nicer to each other and agree to disagree once in a while!❤
Nancy Bodnar January 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
That's the best one, Stacie

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