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When the Lenni Lenape held their Council talk in the spring and fall by the shores of Budd Lake, the waters echoed with the sounds of the wild fowl. The Lenni Lenape name for the lake was Kaukauanning, which means “speaking waters”. If the waters could actually speak to us today, what would they say?
In 1971, Peter Seligmann of the Conservation Commission writes the following in the Mount Olive Historical Journal published to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Mount Olive Township:
“The citizens of Mount Olive Township owe very much to their land. They have been dependent upon the forests, the soils and the water for survival. Over generations, as the population increases and man’s dependence upon nature becomes obscured by his way of life, the value of the land and the natural resources become vague; yet man still needs good water and good air. ”
Mr Seligmann goes on to detail the planning and commitment needed to overcome the challenge of preserving and improving the land and water. His concluding statements are strikingly relevant today in light of the Hazardous Algae Bloom problems in nearby Lake Hopatcong and recent Budd Lake beach closures:
By observing the death of other water sources, such as Lake Erie, the township can foresee the ways to save Budd Lake.
In an era where so many societies have abused their natural resources, Mount Olive Township has the opportunity to proudly and successfully protect their natural heritage.”
Lloyd Deans, Irene Sergonis and Raj Singh are dedicated to “speaking for the waters” and preserving our environment and protecting our citizens.
Lloyd Deans, Irene Sergonis and Raj Singh worked hard to get Tom Malinowski elected to Congress because they wanted to see someone work across party lines to achieve results for the people of New Jersey and restore the checks and balances needed for good government.
Mount Olive also needs a balanced Town Council that works for the people of Mount Olive and represents their values. All three candidates have diverse backgrounds with the common thread of being willing and able to work with all sides to get the job done. Lloyd Deans is an Iraqi veteran who worked with Republican Congressmen and Democratic State Senators to advocate for better care for veterans. Irene Sergonis did not ask about political affiliation when she served customers in her small business or volunteered in the community. When Raj Singh builds and manages teams of engineers to successfully complete projects in the pharmaceutical industry, he looks at ability and past performance. All three candidates recognize the importance of listening to all sides, providing solutions and being team players to build a better Mount Olive for all.
Our Democracy was built on a system of checks and balances to ensure a just and fair government. A local government ruled by only one party is at risk of making mistakes and promoting improper behavior. The bulk of the township’s 31 million dollar annual budget is funded by taxpayers. The taxpayers should have a say in where the money goes and be confident that every cent is accounted for and that the programs being funded are run efficiently. Lloyd Deans, Irene Sergonis and Raj Singh will work for transparency, accountability and balance to better serve the people of Mount Olive.