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Mayor Dave Fried Touts Second Straight Municipal Tax Cut, Open Space and More During State of Robbinsville Township Address that Raises Over $50,000 for Teacher Battling ALS
TriCore CEO Will Seek Fourth Term as Elected Mayor
HAMILTON, N.J. – (May 9, 2017) – Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried delivered the third installment of his “Pay it Forward” initiative Tuesday as part of the 2017 State of the Township Address at the Hilton Garden Inn.
In conjunction with Ability Tree, Inc. and the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce, the Township raised over $50,000 through sponsorships and individual donations to help "Pay it Forward" to Sharon School teacher Deborah Dauer, who is currently waging a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken and eventually stop working. The funds were raised to make Deb’s home more wheelchair accessible so she can continue to “Live to Love” and “Love to Live.”
Since 2015, Robbinsville State of the Township events have raised over $100,000 for select causes.
"Few things have given me greater satisfaction, not just as Mayor but as a human being, then when we changed the format of our State of the Township address (in 2015),’’ the mayor said. “We’ve turned something we had to do into something we want to do. We knew we could use the State of the Township as an opportunity.”
Contained in the heart of his address, Mayor Fried touted two consecutive municipal tax cuts and four straight years of flat or reduced taxes. The Mayor, who has preserved over 800 acres of open space since being elected, also referenced the success in acquiring the 220 acre Washington Woods/Edinburg Village property across from Robbinsville High School, a purchase that included a $2 million grant from Mercer County and Executive Brian M. Hughes.
Mr. Fried used the back end of his address to announce he’s running for a fourth four-year term in November.
“The opportunity to serve Robbinsville has been an honor and a privilege,” he said. "I'm very happy my wife (Kathryn) has allowed me to run. There are still many things we want to accomplish."
Additionally, the mayor revealed the Township is looking to acquire the approximately 140 units that comprise the Mercer Mobile Home Park and add it to the town’s affordable housing inventory.
Robbinsville recently reached a tentative settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center that will allow it to fulfill its affordable housing obligations over the next 10 years.
“I think we can all agree that where we were 10 years ago - and where we are now - is pretty staggering,” said Mayor Fried, who also is CEO of Robbinsville-based TriCore Human Capital Management. “Ten years ago Robbinsville had the fastest growing tax rate in Mercer County, stagnant property values and residential development was out of control. Today, we have arguably the most stable tax rate in Mercer County, one of the most aggressive Open Space programs in the State and property values are still on the rise.”
The Mayor also praised his staff and the Township Council, which will be instrumental is the redevelopment of Town Center South, Foxmoor Plaza and the anticipated resurgence of the Route 130 corridor. Much of that responsibility will fall on newly appointed Director of Community Development, Hal English.
Berkshire Bank Executive and MidJersey Chamber Vice Chair Jeannine Cimino served as Master of Ceremonies for the third consecutive year. Dr. Natalie Schuberth from Ability Tree also spoke about that terrific organization, which works with those with disabilities to life a full and happy life with no limits.
Starbucks on Route 33 is poised to open this summer. Mr. Fried also mentioned a promising new wastewater treatment system that could be purchased and implemented, which would save the Township over $1.5 million per year by sending less of its waste to neighboring Hamilton.
The funds raised will help Deborah Dauer renovate her bathroom at her Lawrence home to make it more accessible. The Mayor presented the beloved teacher with a "hall pass" key to access her new facility upon completion. The work is being completed by Joseph A. Halsey Construction of Robbinsville.
The event also directed another $5,500 to the 11 charities in the Township's Keep it Local network, bringing that total to over $10,000 since 2016.
David Bradley Chocolatier was the lone, $5,000 "Hometown Hero" sponsor. The generous $2,500 sponsorships and donations came from Amazon, Matrix Development, Raajipo, Berkshire Bank, Robbinsville Chrysler, P.J. Pancake House (coming soon to Robbinsville), MH Pharma America, Legacy Treatment Services and the Capodagli Family/Meridia Development.
The community can still donate to this year’s event. To do so visit: http://abilitytree.org/payitforward/