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Hamilton Township (Mercer) Mayor

Hamilton Township (Mercer) is governed by a mayor and a five-member township council. All members of the governing body are chosen at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. The mayoral seat comes up for vote every four years and council members are elected to serve four-terms of office on a staggered basis. At a reorganization meeting held in January after each election, the committee selects a council president from among its members.The Mayor is elected to a four-year term of office.

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    Jeff Martin
    (Dem)

  • Kelly Yaede
    (Rep)

Explain why you do or do not support the consolidation of Hamilton Township Emergency services.

In your view, what are the 2-3 most critical issues that the next mayor should address? How would you address these issues?

As mayor, how would you keep township expenses under control?

What will you do to address the Trenton Waterworks water quality issues and how will you communicate progress to Hamilton residents?

How do you see the Hamilton Library changing to meet community needs and how would you achieve these changes?

I am proud to have spearheaded the fire consolidation subcommittee and propose a plan to consolidate Hamilton's antiquated fire districts into a municipal department. My plan would save Hamilton taxpayers nearly $1 million per year while keeping the same amount of firefighters in town and not closing any firehouse. This would result in a safer fire service at a more cost efficient price to the taxpayer.
Hamilton has an ever growing senior population given our approval of 55+ developments and people living longer, fuller lives. Recognizing this need, I am proud that on Council we increased spending on senior services by over 10 percent in my first two years as well as reinstate permit fee waivers for seniors for their health and safety home projects. I know there is more to do in ensuring our town's senior population has the services they need. I want to focus on redeveloping our abandoned and blighted properties throughout our town. Getting these properties redeveloped will not only stop the eyesore they impose but also get them back on the tax rolls to stabilize our property taxes for the benefit of all our residents.
I am proud to have renegotiated our health insurance premiums which has saved our town over $500,000 in my two years on Council. This not only is a savings for our taxpayers but also a savings for our township employees who pay a percentage of the premium. One of my main focuses on Council has been to reduce the town's over-reliance on debt to pay its bills. In my first two years on Council we have lowered the debt load of the town which will save taxpayer money now and in the future.
We need better communication between TWW and Hamilton. I have worked across the aisle and with local (including Trenton), County and State elected officials to change outdated laws to ensure TWW can hire the best workers even if they don't live in Trenton. I took a tour of TWW to learn first-hand about the challenges they have addressed and continue to face so that I can see where Hamilton can help and better explain the issues to Hamilton residents.
Our Library Board and staff do an amazing job to provide our residents with the materials they want and need to continue to grow their education. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, so too must our library (and other township departments) evolve to stay up to date. At the same time, we need to balance technological advances with also providing services to our community that include actual book purchases for people to enjoy. We also have the Friends of the Hamilton Library, a local non-profit group, that provides financial and other resources to our library to supplement the services that are provided to our residents. I will work with the Board and the Friends to ensure the library has all the resources they need.
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