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Short, Roehrich Named Mayor and Vice—Again

Town's top elected officials part of same five-member group from 2012.

For the second consecutive year Ken Short and Bill Roehrich will be Washington Township’s mayor and vice mayor.

The two were both elected by their fellow committeemen Wednesday night at the township’s annual reorganization meeting. Short and Roehrich were both re-elected in November to three-year terms.

This is the fifth consecutive term for Short and the second for Roehrich. Short will also serve in his fourth consecutive year as mayor.

“This was an extremely difficult year in Washington Township,” said Short after the committee approved his appointment as mayor. “I thank the committee for placing their trust in me, but everyone needs to realize we are five equal members, and we’re all responsible for the decisions made for this town.”

Short made mention of some of the positives from 2012, including the five miles of roadways that were paved; the down payment on a new ambulance and fire truck; and, with the aid of county funds, the purchase of a new senior citizen bus.

As budget season for 2013 nears, Short said it would be another difficult year for expenditures, citing the state-mandated 2-percent tax cap municipalities are bound by.

“We’ve done a good job of keeping costs done, but it has been difficult,” Short said. “We’ve decreased the budget $900,000 over the past three years, and I’m inviting all township residents to our upcoming budget meetings. There are 18,500 of you, and just five of us. We want to hear from you.”

Short laid out his goals and that of the committee’s for 2013, including:

  • Additional road paving projects
  • Purchase of digital sign boards
  • Generator systems in certain municipal buildings
  • Upgrade communications systems
  • Make trail systems more publicly accessible
  • Add sidewalks to downtown area via grant funds
  • Pursue the possible relocation of the Long Valley Fire Department building

Short thanked the town’s volunteers, many of whom were on hand to be sworn into their positions in the fire departments and first aid squad.

“These are the folks who leave their homes in a time of need to help others,” Short said. “It’s the volunteers in this community that gives that little extra to make this a nice community.”

The Washington Township Committee’s first work session of the year is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building on Jan. 16.

Lt.Dan January 31, 2013 at 02:20 AM
You are an odd man. I'll wager there was no suitable male role model in your life. If you need to move to the other side of the earth for employment, leaving your wife behind in a deadly storm, prancing around on a chat site about the current difference in weather does not make you seem superior. I will pray you find peace. Honolulu is a cesspool, one of the most crime-ridden cities in the US, most of it unreported for tourism purposes and kept within the Asian gangs. I hope you own a gun.
Liberty January 31, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Nedd--Glad you finally realize you are a nosy fool. "...drive across town and assault someone!" Now if you'd only realize how idiotic you sound.
Lt.Dan January 31, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Mr. Nedd, I know Honolulu. I am glad you took the rest of my message to heart. Liberty: I don't understand your post. Was there a threat made?

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