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What Would You Improve in New Milford in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for the town, 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 New Milford to make it an even better place to live?

There's been a lot of talk about future developments, the tax rate, the school system and more.

What is on your New Milford wish list? What would you improve in 2013? What would you change?

Tell us in the comment section below.

Ann Piccirillo January 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
With all that New Milford is facing this year, I meant this article to inspire meaningful conversation about real issues. Looming over the town is the fate of the United Water property, but that's not the only concern in town. How about economic development? Attracting new businesses to fill those empty storefronts? Addressing the aging infrastructure? Continued conversation about open space and the possibility of a multi-purpose field? That's just scratching the surface. What are your thoughts?
Darlene January 04, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I would LOVE an outdoor Farmers Market in New Milford that would be open in the Spring/Summer/Early Fall. I always thought the Lutheran Church parking lot on River & Ridge would be a great place for this on perhaps a Friday/Saturday schedule. Maybe it could even be an income generator for that church (fyi - I do not attend church there, but I know churches can always use extra income). And now that I'm dreaming, I wonder if there's a place to move it indoors during the winter, e.g. how Ramsey runs a very successful Farmers Market in their middle school on Sundays during the winter. There would probably be a million permits and hoops to jump through, but other towns run successful markets....
Ann Piccirillo January 04, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I helped to organize a Farmers Market a few years ago. The hardest part was reaching out to all of the farmers and picking a day when a fair number of them could participate since they attend all of the area farmers markets.
Ulises January 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I would love the Brookchester complex to update some of their apartments so they can fulfill any COAH requirements and the improvements to their buildings would generate more revenue for the town. I suggested this a year ago to the M&C, that I’d like to see banners on River Road and Main Street’s lamps post that promotes the birthplace of Bergen County and the lower portion can be sold annually to local businesses for advertising space. Promote the center of town as our commerce area and wok closing with the Chambers of commerce to think of creative ways to promote New Milford’s diverse community. We have one of the oldest homes in Bergen county, the oldest commentary and revolutionary site we can promote to help local commerce. Have an anuual New Milford Day for all our residents. With the help of our grant writer and environmental groups purchase the UW property by the High School for a price a lot less than the $7.2M they are current asking, put storage tanks to help with flooding and add a high school field/park on top of it - this will increase our home values and make New Milford a more desirable place to raise a family. During summer months have DPW patrol our woods for debris (illegal dumping goes on, I know I clean up our woods). Ask the Hackensack Riverkeeper and the town’s Environmental Commission to have an annual river cleanup like they do in River Edge. Teach our kids the rich history in town so they can be proud of where they live
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet January 04, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I'd love to see this miserable, should-be-condemned buildings along New Bridge Road on the South side of the street across from the gas station just off the intersection of River Road be torn down, and the town put up an OFFICE BUILDING with it's own parking. Could generate equity in ratables. REAL ratables.... those three houses and miserable business there are disgusting anyway.... Although I am sure the folks living on the opposite side wouldn't be thrilled.. but then again, is anyone ever thrilled?
Denise January 04, 2013 at 06:02 PM
NMDMEM-Your posting name intrigues me, aren't we all trying to do the same? That business you speak about, I believe it sells/rents garden equipment, snow blowers, sharpens things etc., dontcha think they are only trying to make a living!?
miriam pickett January 04, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I would like to see a real Field of Dreams built on the property adjacent to the High School so that our athletes have a safe, clean field to compete on. Having tried to walk on the high school track, I can personally attest to the disgusting state of the current field. I would also like to see a new ShopRite built in the right place, exactly where it stands today. I'd like to see a continued committment by the members of SOD to remain committed to insuring that New Milford maintains its small town feel and doesn't run after ratables for the sake of ratables without adding up the inevitable costs such developments always carry. I'd like to see the New Milford Swim Club filled with people everyday, the way it used to be. Two new changing rooms and bathrooms would make all the difference in the world. This is a wonderful asset for our town and it would be a shame if it were lost. And, if this was a perfect world, I'd like to see my street repaved, because, boy oh boy, it is terrible.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet January 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Agreed Denise, but can't they be forced to do so in a more humane manner? Can't they clean up their act? I always thought those properties were condemned as they are all, including the business, in such a horrible state of disrepair.
Darlene January 04, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Well we do have two working farms in town. Maybe they could "lead the charge"!
CB January 04, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I think that business is in Teaneck.
Richard Ockelmannrr January 04, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Pick up co-mingles on time, not three days later.
Jeffrey DelVecchio January 04, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I would like to see a more sustainable, environmentally friendly New Milford. This town needs an updated recycling program, a farmers' market, solar power on borough buildings, Sustainable Jersey certification, new/revised ordinances that support urban agriculture, responsable development, etc.
MT January 04, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Yes. Would definitely like the town to be spruced up. Some benches along the river road. May be sheltered bus stops. I would also like Library to promote its services. Unless, somebody physically visits the library, there is no way to find out about it. I think we have pretty good library. How about some free movies for kids/family at the library/Service citizen center during the WEEKEND or WEEKNIGHTS? May be some movies in the park during the summer? May be a Family Fun day during summer? All of the above can be done without a substantial price tag or even with private donations. Not everything we expect has to increase the tax burden. Let us take pride in our town. If we, residents, don't then who will?
jeff bernstein January 04, 2013 at 09:53 PM
A significant population in New Milford is Sabbath observant. That means Saturday meeting M& C meetings would exlude themn as well as Saturday Farmers' Market . How about letting everyone participate-which means no Friday night, Saturday meetings, and anything done on Saturday is duplicated on Sundays as well. Jeff B.
TommyIce January 05, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I'd like to see the boro get out of the "permit to-do anything" business. It's to the point where you almost can't trim your hedges without asking permission.
George Milne January 05, 2013 at 02:44 AM
I agree! I have personally emailed our Mayor and Past Mayor about why we are not taking advantage of the Street Light replacement program that PSE&G has going on. It could save the town a ton of money in power, not to mention showing how we are concerned about the future. Every town around us has updated the street lights in their town. Why not New Milford?
robert January 05, 2013 at 02:24 PM
ROBERT I do not know if autorizaation lies in the town of Oradell or New milford, but i would like someone to address the need to repave Elm st. from Oradell ave. to the end as you approach the the construction site of the bridge ( adjacent to St. Joseph's School. It is forever being patched in so many spots. There is alot of traffic between the church and the school and should be repaved. PUT OUR TAXES TO WORK!!
tony mac January 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM
sorry to disagree. Ride by the high school field now and look at the football equipment. Still on the field, a month after the season ended. Why?????? Why continually push for a new facility when no one takes care of the current one? any new field would also require maintenance. Or will that be replaced in five, ten years? a natural turf field, if properly maintained is all this town needs. Qualified personnel are needed. Well educated people are needed. The members of the board of Ed should look around before any further actions are taken! Put this FOD to rest!
tony mac January 06, 2013 at 02:51 AM
More like golf course. Just google Rutgers turf management. There's a three week prep course. I' m sure there's enough there to keep a field
newmilford1967 January 06, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Hey Tony mac you are correct for what we pay board of ed building n grounds guy he should make the schools look great.He couldnt run a masonary business and he dont know how to take care of schools either.Another $110.000.00 dollars a year wasted. Come on boe find a guy who can do this job!!!!
Jim Prendergast January 07, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Tony Mac & Jimmy Drake - I believe this is what you're referrring to: http://www.golfturf.rutgers.edu/index.asp Also, both UGA and Penn State have highly reputable online turf management certificate programs. Mainly designed as an introduction to the Turf Sciences field and degrees, it should provide enough information to educate those who have a recreational interest or those who need more knowledge when debating/learning the natural vs. artificial turf topics. Hope this helps.

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