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What Would You Improve in Madison in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Madison, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Madison to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Madison wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Madison Station December 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
1) Build an emergency electricity generation plant with 100 days of diesel fuel reserve to power the whole town. Supplement the generation plant with solar panels on rooftops and wind turbines on the MRC land. 2) Build an emergency gasoline fuel reserve for town residents to use in times of crisis. 3) Force JCP&L to cut every single tree down that could possibly fall on a feeder line. If a neighbor complains about the tree cutting, disconnect the power to their house until they give.
chris December 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Madison is perfect, no improvements needed. Happy New Year everyone!
000 December 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Cut down all TOWN trees that could possibly fall on a power line. And, do not replace the town trees with new ones, 50 yrs from now they will not be making the town more pretty, they will be causing problems for power lines.
Al Rooney December 27, 2012 at 02:13 AM
We should have the first two items in place already because we have been paying between 1.7 and 2 times the national average cost of electricity for years. As far as item #1 goes, the generator does not have to feed the whole town at once. The output could rotate to service major local feeds every two hours to keep furnaces and refrigerators cycled on several times a day.
Slip December 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Interesting the lack of response to such an inviting inquiry. Maybe it's the holidays but seems all the frequent posters have moved on. Or as Chris has suggested... everything is perfect!. Well unfortunately that can't be it and I have time on my hands this week, so here's my input: Iniitial area is infrastructure. I'm assuming the NS pump station has already been targeted and funded. There's still more work to do on the roads, but some progress has been made there as well. Back up power is a good suggestion, but other than cutting trees that would be an extended project. To me, it seems like the downtown business district is very unsteady and needs to be addressed. As it goes, so goes our property values and tax revenues. Off hand I can think of 10 town stores/resturants west of Bruns closing in the past year and there were likely more. At times it seems like we are just one more mild recession away from half-empty store fronts. So I'd like to see some focus on stablizing the area and pursuing or identifying our financial plans to make the Madison downtown attractive to retailers to invest and to enable existing well run businesses to competitively sell desired products and services.
Tom Piskula December 27, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I made a resolution to ask the Borough Council member that will serve as the liaison to the schools starting in January if they would attend the Board of Education meetings. Clearly our town got some good press, and built resident loyalty, by having a better storm electricity response than most towns. Building on that capability is an interesting idea. Of course good and/or improving schools also generate good press and resident loyalty to the town. But the school improvement effort is suboptimal if it only involves people that have a direct interest in the public schools. At a minimum, a council member's presence at the BoE meetings might signal town leadership awareness of the desirability of maintaining school improvement as a town priority rather than just a priority of the school users.
kathy December 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
love it
kathy December 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM
add a dollar store. a rita's italian ice , white castle!! a five and below store, an old navy store.. the saying goes love Madison shop madison , well not all stores are shoppable for everyone.. i lived here all my 50 years and i seen great stores come and been placed with banks we don't need more banks!! or pizza places or chinese places we need economy stores where people who have tight budgets can shop. who can walk and not drive to.
kathy December 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
p.s. I LOVE MADISON So let's keep people here not scare them away with high price stores.
Dan Dattilo December 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
2 Points: 1) Regarding downtown commerce business health; can you imagine a Chipoltle, or a Trader Joe's. or another Starbucks downtown where the old CVS was? imagine downtown Madison being a shopping destination for Summit, Chtaham, Harding, Morristown & Florham Park? Think that might create some taxable revenue to offset the tax base (lower our taxes)? How about a parking study, maybe an underground parking garage (or above ground) behind either side of downtown? 2) Regarding the MRC (aka Don Links Fields), lets study leasing the field to Florham Pk., Chatham & Morristown, when not in use by Madison teams?
MadLaxDad December 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Dan, The MRC is rarely ever not in use and is currently generating a pretty healthy revenue through rentals to various soccer, field hockey and lacrosse clubs already.
J December 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
A dollar store? If one ever opens here, our property values will immediately decline by 20%. Why not open a check cashing place and a few strip clubs while you're at it? I'm joking, of course, but seriously, the presence of a dollar store is the sign of a dying community.
Madison Station December 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I like the idea of downtown parking garages. I think they would work especially well as partial underground lots, where the first level is 7 foot below grade and the second level is 5 foot above grade, to reduce the effect of a parking deck look. Resident, business owner and commuter parking could be on the lower level, and shopping parking could be on the upper level. The lower level would be accessible through an automated gate. Whatever they do, the shopping parking needs to remain free. NO METERS! The capital cost replenishment for the decks could come from the lower level fees. Just imagine what 1,000 parking spaces for commuters from out of town would bring Madison businesses...
Slip December 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
yeah, I wouldn't mind any of those stores. Especially the Starbucks or the like. It still seems crazy to me that we have all these resturants in town then you have to get in your car and drive for coffee/dessert. TJ's may be too close to Florham Park but still that would seem to fit in well with the WholeFoods. Beyond that, maybe even attract a few of the mid-range brand stores (Gap?, Godiva? GNC?... not sure why but all 'G's came to mind)... something similar to Union Hill shops. I don't know if any of that is likely to happen or if it's the right course (other than the after dinner coffee shop which is a necessity). But for now at least I think we need to focus some resources on addressing the health of the downtown shopping area.
ProudAmerican January 01, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I thought this post was about improving Madison. Madison Station's idea of parking garages is the worst idea of the year. A parking garage would be an eyesore. My guess is that Madison Station was involved in building the police/fire house.

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