POINT PLEASANT — Mayor Bob Sabosik shared the borough plans and ideas for the upcoming year, and reflected on the achievements of 2021.
Notably, the borough was finally able to celebrate its centennial in October 2021. While Point Pleasant’s official centennial was in 2020, it was postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic. Over 4,000 residents attended the event at Riverfront Park, and it featured a petting zoo, vendors, games, music and fireworks.
The Borough also celebrated their annual tree lighting and holiday market, which according to the mayor, is growing attendance every year. This year, thousands of residents attended the festivities and enjoyed christmas choirs, hot chocolate and holiday characters.
The mayor was very grateful for the turnout at these townwide events, and is proud of how the administration navigated the pandemic to allow events like this to take place.
“During this pandemic, we projected a safe and balanced approach to governing to ensure that our residents were able to see that Point Pleasant is indeed different,” the mayor said. “Our culture of positive actions including the continuation of governing which enabled us to complete repaving on roads, a slow reopening of cultural events and our 100th year celebration including fireworks.”
The mayor intends on using similar navigation strategies into 2022, and has a number of ideas to improve the borough this year.
“We will continue to grow our senior programs, continue to complete road projects and enhance our special events,” the mayor said. “From the Haunts in the Park, the Christmas Marketplace and other recreation activities.”
Mayor Sabosik believes the success of Point Pleasant can be attributed to multi-generational events, organizations and programs. Events like the Christmas Marketplace have entertainment for all ages.
“We must strive to continue with programming that is inclusive to all generations,” the mayor said. “We must strive to continue to help our residents to the best of our ability.”
In addition to roadway projects and senior program expansions, the administration has plans to improve recreational areas around the Borough. Mayor Sabosik says there are plans in motion to install a kayak and paddleboard launching area at the River Beaches. In addition, there will be handicapped accessible features across recreation areas, including all-terrain wheelchairs. Grant money will be paying for most of the additions and improvements, Mayor Sabosik said.
“Our financial state is healthy and this year again, our audit team came back with no negative comments,” the mayor said. “We are on the right path to creating a culture that is unique in Point Pleasant, but we are not done yet.
“We are planning many projects that will have a positive effect on our town today and tomorrow,” Mayor Sabosik continued. “This administration will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of the majority of our residents to enjoy what this town has to offer.”