The mayor’s on the move again

Mayor’s Message: Bernie Platt

On any given day, an untold number of people file in and out of Town Hall. Whatever the reason for their visit, invariably, most of them take at least a few minutes of their time to stop into my office to talk to myself or my staff.

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Whether it’s just to say hi, ask a quick question, deliver feedback or voice a complaint — our doors are always open, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekday.

Interaction with the residents I serve is one of the best parts of my job; it’s also one of the most important services we provide as a local government.

One-on-one interaction gives you, as a taxpayer, firsthand access to get the answers you need and want, and it gives me as an elected official, an opportunity to hear for myself what’s on your mind.

Those conversations result in real solutions for individuals, and in some cases, they can lead to policy changes that have positive wide-reaching effects for our community as a whole.

With that in mind, I’m launching a new program that will, I hope, expand our reach and give myself and my staff an even greater opportunity to connect with our community.

Over the next few weeks, my office will hold a series of “Mobile Mayor’s Office” sessions in public locations across the township. One day a week, we will set up shop inside of these locations and will be available to anyone who stops by, for any need they might have.

Last Thursday was the program’s first installment, which we held inside the Short Hills Deli, and we have a handful more planned in the coming weeks:

Wednesday, Aug. 3

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cherry Hill Mall, near the Guest Services Center

Thursday, Aug. 11

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Starbucks, 1192 Route 70 East

(Across from the Barclay Shopping Center)

Thursday, Aug. 18

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cherry Hill Public Library, Kings Highway

Based on the response we see in these initial outings, look for additional dates and times to be added in the future. As we move forward, additional information will be posted on our website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com, or on the township’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The members of my staff and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as we make our way through the summer. I hope you’ll take a little time out on one of the dates listed above to pay us a visit, either in Town Hall or in one of these remote locations, and let us know what’s on your mind.

As always, you can reach us any time at 488–7878, or by e-mailing me directly at MayorPlatt@chtownship.com.

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