What's Your Resolution for Washington Twp. in 2014?

We've all got goals and promises to be made for ourselves, but what would you like to see your town accomplish in the next year?

The changing over of the calendar from one year to the next is directly synonymous with making resolutions to strive for in the next 12 months. 

There's often a correlation of those goals and pacts being broken, too.

But at Patch we want to know what your New Year's Resolutions should be for your towns – goals that aren't just attainable, but likely to not be broken, either.

So, Washington Township residents, what kind of resolution would you like to see your town make and keep in the new year? Maybe you want expanded emergency services or department of public works. 

Maybe you just want better spending by the town, or more spending on certain items. It could be that you want your town to stay as nice as it currently is, and ask nothing be changed. 

Whatever it is, let us know in the comments section!
Mark Lipinski December 29, 2013 at 04:38 PM
There is always room for improvement in a town -- especially one where the residents are so spread out across such a wide area, with no real central 'downtown' as an active meeting point. I would like the township to make an effort to better communicate with the residents and seek active, meaningful involvement from them -- my experience is if you ask anyone directly they will help/involve themselves. If you just "put out a call," you're on your own! Each town is only as strong and cohesive as the people who live there and who actually integrate and involve themselves with the various programs, politics (ugh), and events . . . so it's really not what Washington Township can do for me, but what I can individually resolve to do to enhance my life and unique experiences in Long Valley. That said, rather than moaning and groaning about what I don't have available to me in Long Valley (which I have done quite often, feeling isolated, uninspired, resentful and sometimes longing for a place closer to the city - - ANY city LOL), I recognize that I am a part of the problem through my non-involvement. My resolution is to become more active in this community in 2014 -- that means attending meetings even when I have nothing at stake (btw, I've never attended any community meetings in the past), create some civic, cultural or creative outlets (possibly projects/workshops/support groups, etc), and find something in town that interests me and perhaps do a bit of volunteer work. Let's hope this goes better than my past resolutions to diet! ;)
jan keyes December 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM
I would like to see an innovative approach to communicating with the town's residents through Skype with regular on-line meetings. I think a push to get the residents involved will be successful if they feel they are being listened to. it is possible to have a dynamic and active citizenry, many of whom have great ideas to save taxpayer's money, provide more services and interests - like the community garden that was implemented last year - with greater input. One idea is to get our town involved in more green programs that save energy (solar panels on the library or municipal building, perhaps?) Another idea is to be part of the county-wide garbage recycling program that reimburses the towns that participate. (WT is the ONLY town in morris cnty that doesn't take advantage of this!) And, of course, there's the school board and their wasteful habits - surly there must be a creative idea out there to reign them in with cost-cutting measures that would be palatable? (maybe a carrot/stick program to reward them for reducing wasteful spending?)


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