Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso delivered his 14th State of the Town address at council's first January meeting, reflecting on 2013 accomplishments and setting goals for the new year.
The mayor began by saying it has been "an honor and privilege" to enter his 14th year as mayor, noting that teamwork is the reason he feels his administration has accomplished so much.
"I want to give thanks for all hard work and dedication from not only the administration and council but from you great citizens in town," said Bonaccorso. "Without your cooperation and appreciation, we would not be what we are today. When you build a strong, stable, safe and happy community with a topnotch school system, property values go up and the township as a whole becomes more desirable."
Bonaccorso also thanked his family for their "support, patience, confidence and love."
Bonaccorso says the town is running well, but he is focused on ways to improve.
"Looking around, we are cleaner, nicer and have much more to offer than a lot of the other towns around us," he said, adding that safety and services will always be his priorities.
The mayor listed just a few of the town services and events residents have grown accustomed to, including bulky clean up, grass cleanup, the annual breakfast with Santa, the senior bus and new rec programs.
The mayor also noted that Clark is turning 150 years old this year.
"We will celebrate this milestone as a united and proud community," he said. "We will look back and respect our township’s history and prepare and look forward to our township's future."
The mayor then acknowlegded the projects under development around town including the age-restricted housing complex on Terminal Avenue, the townhomes being built on the former Miele's property and the recently approved Clark Commons shopping center.
"Clark development approvals keep Clark on a fiscally sound path," said Bonaccorso. "... Developers are betting on us. They learned what we have always known: Clark Township is the best place to live, work and play."
Bonaccorso closed by thanking those gathered and wishing all the citizens a happy and healthy new year.