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The South Bound Brook Borough Council is the governing body of the municipality and is comprised of elected officials. They establish the laws and policies for the Borough. An elected South Bound Brook Borough Council member serves a three year term
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    Dennis Quinlan (Rep) Senior Sales Rep for 42 years, selling Nuclear Navy Pump Seals

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What do you consider the most important challenges facing your municipality? What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges? Lastly, how do you intend to address these challenges?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and please explain why you believe this is so.

A municipality has two budgets - the annual operating budget and a capital budget. What are your priorities for each of these budgets? Please specifically address whether the previous year's goals are goals you think are properly identified as priorities.

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Qualifications/Experience I have been married for 43 years, and I've spent 42 years working at my current employer. I have also spent the past 22 years on the Borough Council, following my 6 years on Zoning Board of Adjustments. On Council, I spent the first 10 years serving as Police, Fire and Rescue Commissioner. I was directly responsible for the town's purchase, restoration and stewardship of one of NJ's most Historic Houses, the Abraham Staats House, through a record series of Grants. Our clean-up of the abandoned GAF factory removed 60,000 tons of toxic waste, including 2,900 tons of asbestos, to DEP Residential Standards, has been one of New Jersey's most successful Environmental Clean-Up Projects. This Project directly allowed us to complete the Borough's downtown revitalization.
Campaign Address SBB GOP, 17 East High Street, 2nd Floor Somerville, NJ 08876
Campaign Email djquinlan@optonline.net
Our most important challenge is to sustain our very strong record of success in Public Safety here. We must also continue with our outstanding Re-development and revitalization progress. My 22 years on Borough Council have been dedicated to help in transforming South Bound Brook into the safest, and the most financially stable small town around central New Jersey.

On Public Safety: One of the most important questions that we ask ourselves here is: "What happens when you call 911?" Right now you get Police, Fire, and/or Rescue responding to your home within about 90 seconds. Neighboring towns can take as long as 15 minutes. Our goal is to assure that our responders have all of the training and all of the equipment that they will need in order to help you. On Council, I also spent ten years as Police, Fire and Rescue Commissioner, and we have modernized every single piece of equipment to 21st Century Standards. We have promoted and then supported very extensive training programs, for all Emergency Responders, and in all departments.

On Re-Development: With a very small group of former Mayors and some past & current Council members here, we cleaned up the 10-1/2 acre toxic waste dump known as the GAF factory. We cleaned it to meet the very stringent DEP Residential Standards. Then we built 152 beautiful town homes, transforming our downtown into a thriving Transit Village. However, there still remains two contaminated sites, which we are currently in contract to acquire, clean-up and then re-develop. Across the street there is also a burned-out former restaurant to site which needs to be re-developed. Both will target becoming mixed-use, Transit Village Destination types of Projects.
Borough Ordinances are already updated comprehensively, but overnight parking concerns keep coming up at council meetings.

The one Ordinance (aka the Sewer Bill) which was forced onto the town by the 'delinquent Budgetary performance' of a former Councilperson (while she was the Finance Chair) still must somehow be overturned.

The problem is that it would take a $330,000 cut in other Budget items (that's 10 tax points) to recall this Ordinance. That would mean drastic cuts in personnel and/ or possibly cutting out entire departments to achieve it.

It remains unacceptable, but at least my team has been able to lower the rates that are being charged.
As in every other town in NJ, the Borough Operating Budget accounts for less than 1/3 of the local Property Taxes. This Budget has been held below the State's 2% Cap since that Cap's inception. Our 2017 Budget went up by around $49, on houses assessed at the average property value. This was accomplished with NO layoffs and with NO noticeable cuts in services. The Borough Capital Budget has been carefully judged and negotiated for many years here. Through these well consdiered Capital Ordinances, we have been able to purchase ALL of the modern Public Safety equipment that a small town needs.

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