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Mayor Barsa's Message 01-07-2019

Good Evening everyone and A Happy New Year.
First, I would like to congratulate Councilam Ascolese and Councilman Brizzolara on their succesful re-election, welcome Councilman Anthony Foschino as a new member of our team. Tony, I look forward to working with you over the coming year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the borough employees, department heads and professionals who keep the Borough of Norwwood current and running smoothly on a daily basis. I would be remiss if I did not mention the dedication and professionalism of the Norwood EMS and Fire department. Thank you for always being there for us.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the numerous individuals who volunteer their time and energy to make Norwood the great town it is. I especially want to thank my 2018 Governing Body who regardless of  party affiliation always worked harmoniously in moving Norwood forward. 
As we move into 2019 our first priority is to produce a municipal budget with an increase under 2%. This is a challenge that will require hard decisions in the face of rising costs and unfunded mandates. 
We will continueto file grant applications to help us with some of the costs for improvements. In 2018 we made an application forthe Kennedy Park Walking Path Lighting Project, I am happy to announce that we received a grant for $75,000 and that project will be in the works shortly.
Norwood Day 2018 was a huge success, thank you to all those involved for their time and dedication, this year Norwood Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st beginning at 2:00PM. It is agreat day for the community to come together for great food and music. This day is made possible by the generous donations of you our residents and our borough proffesionals and who could forget the hot dogs and soda that is donated every yearby Norwood Fire Company No.1. They stand out in the blazing heat every year cooking hot dogs for us. Lets show them our appreciation. 
Again, I wish you and your families a very happy and prosperous new year.