CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Council will consider closing the recycling depot on Summit Avenue and moving it to the mulch area behind Milton Avenue School after hearing the pros of the move from Peter Atkinson on Monday.
Atkinson, reporting for the Department of Public Works, said that the borough could save money on overtime pay by closing the depot on Summit Avenue, which is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Chatham does not own the land where the Summit Avenue depot is located and DPW employees spend time cleaning up the site because debris is often dumped there during closed hours.
The mulch area at Milton is open from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 4 on Wednesdays. Atkinson noted that a recycling area could easily be placed near where residents drop off grass and brush. The wood chips and mulch would be moved to a different area.
The only question seems to be whether hours would be extended at the mulch area to accommodate recycling.
"As a council, I think we have to back up and consider the traffic that neighborhood residents will have to put up with if we extend hours," Council member Gerald Helfrich said.
In other business, the council approved the final plans to repave and make other aesthetic improvements to Post Office Plaza. Vincent DeNave, borough engineer, gave his final recommendations on lighting for the plaza. DeNave, after considering the options, said the best plan would be to add three decorative lights - one near the College Deli and two more on the island that runs through the plaza.
The final cost of the project will be $160,000 out of which $118,000 will come from the capital budget.