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Spotlight on: Dumont, New Jersey

Incorporated as the Borough of Schraalenburgh in 1894, Dumont took its present name in 1898 from its first mayor, Dumont Clark, who was president of the American Exchange Bank and made his home in the borough since the 1870's. Clarke and his six councilmen spent $200 for the expense of running the borough that first year. The mayor personally financed this amount until taxes could be collected, and his loan to the borough was repaid. The first town ordinance enacted within dumont prohibited driving on sidewalks, and banned horses, sheep, swine, goats and cattle from being pastured on any street, sidewalk or public square.

Over 100 years after its founding, the borough is still governed by one mayor who serves a four year term and six council members each elected to three year terms. To run the borough, the budget is now over $10 million dollars, and current ordinances deal with modern concerns such as parking and recycling. Dumont residents recently celebrated the borough's Centennial at Memorial Park; a celebration which included food, activities, and a fireworks show at Dumont High School.

Housing in Dumont has consistently been more affordable than neighboring towns; in 1998 the average sale price of a three bedroom home in the borough was $178,195. In the White Beeches section of town, consisting of many larger, split-level homes, housing prices tend to be slightly higher; in 1998 the average sale price of a home in this area was approximately $220,000.

A well rounded program of activities is offered through the Recreation Commission and participation in these activities is very strong. Anyone who visits Memorial Park on Pershing Street from Spring to Fall will see just how popular some of these activities are with young residents of Dumont. Memorial Park is a 13.78 acre recreation facility which boasts 2 lighted tennis courts, 3 regulation basketball courts, 4 baseball fields, a picnic area with barbecue grills, a refreshment stand (known by Dumont residents as "The Hut") and a newly constructed children's playground. A summer recreation program is held every summer at Memorial Park, giving children of all ages the opportunity to participate in crafts, sports and local trips. There is a private swim club in the town open to Dumont residents during the summer months.

The borough's extensive recreation program, along with its affordable housing and strong school system has made Dumont a desirable community for young families to make their home.

 

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