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48 Washington Street
South River, NJ 08882
732-257-1999

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Councilman Ryan Jones

In my short tenure, I’ve been instrumental in making dozens of changes, focusing on cost-savings and customer service as my top priorities when solving challenges facing the borough. Uniquely, the Borough of South River is one of nine municipalities in the State of New Jersey who owns their own electric utility and I serve as one of the 6 trustees of this $15 million borough asset. As the 2018 Budget Chair, I am proud of the committee's work resulting in the lowest tax increase in 4 years, paying down our worrisome debt-load by $500,000 more than any prior year, and beginning the return towards fiscal responsibility. We're also beginning discussions to make investments that will seriously reduce our reliance upon the electric utility surplus to offset historic budget shortfalls.

In less than two years, I’ve begun the transformation in a wide range of areas, and my roles on so many different committees make me an essential part of the administration’s efforts to rejuvenate our Borough after suffering from the aftermath of recession and hurricane Sandy.

Accomplishments include:

  • Fully developing borough communications policy, establishing social and traditional media techniques and strategies to build community and inform residents.

  • Development and passage of many resolutions and ordinances streamlining borough functioning and eliminating unnecessary regulations. Items worth note:

    • Eliminating fees to open up sidewalk cafes to encourage downtown life.

    • Eliminating the fee to register alarm systems to encourage safety and better security.

    • Advocacy for and development of framework to allow for Sustainable Jersey certification through establishment of Borough Green Team

    • Creation of paradigm and advocacy to adopt Complete Streets policy, along with Safe Streets Task Force to implement this policy to begin evaluating ways in which pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles can share the streets equally.

    • Working to provide improved customer support, more efficient turnaround, and Borough savings through entry into a shared services agreement with the County to manage Fire Prevention for the Borough.

  • Launching a series of online services known collectively as DO•it, designed to make getting things done in the borough a friendlier experience. This includes working with vendors to implement an online concern reporting system, an online registration and payment system, GIS mapping, a pothole reporter, and a garbage/recycling notification system. These services continue to grow and will be join many others as we continue forward.

  • Developing policy for, the framework of, and messaging to accompany a downtown streetscape revitalization program that unifies borough personality, strengthens the sense of place in our business district, and begins to cohesively address community/business development to restore the traditional development patterns of our historic downtown.

  • The 2018 rollout of the Downtown Revitalization, by investing in new unified street furniture (garbage cans, planters, trees), installing stamped concrete, safety railings at handicap crosswalks, street banners, and other items.

  • Laying out the framework for, and designing the vision for a dog park in a public space in the borough and building a functional coalition to support this vision so that it can be implemented as a benefit to the community.

  • Conducting an audit of our Borough Community Access Channel to be able to smartly invest in new hardware infrastructure to provide technologically up to date solutions for television broadcasting and announcements.

  • Organically growing and supporting new efforts to stimulate volunteer interest that improves community growth.

  • Seeking out public private partnerships whenever available to smartly fund and protect new ideas and efforts. Examples of this include:
    1. launching of a new expanded day summer recreation program to better address the needs of families;
    2. finding and advocating for a nonprofit home for the community garden efforts underway within the borough.
    3. developing a Code Blue Resource Center in the Borough.
    4. working to strengthen the infrastructure of the Food Bank and building a lasting partnership to ensure that our Food Bank services as a resource center to adequately address needs of all residents.
    5. Stimulating action on the Human Relations Commission to parter with community groups to conduct flag raisings, better understand challenges facing certain communities, and implementing fixes to assist in informing residents of services available to them.

Ryan M. Jones
(732) 955-4424
rjones@southrivernj.org

(Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018)

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