CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council is close to finalizing details for much-needed improvements to Post Office Plaza.
Vincent DeNave, borough engineer, explained some options at the Tuesday council meeting. The plaza will be repaved and new sidewalks and curbing will be installed on the entrance side to the Cottage Deli. But the council has to decide on what it wants to spend on lighting.
"When I first came to you, I asked for $250,000 and it was too much money," DeNave said. "Then we scaled it back to $118,000. What we came back to is that we want to incorporate as many of the components of the street-scape from South Passaic as possible. One of the things up for debate is how much lighting we want to put in."
The council asked DeNave to do some more research on the lighting before they vote on the project. There are a number of "goose neck" street lights that might be converted to "acorn" style lighting that is now prominent on Main Street. DeNave will use a light meter to determine what will be needed to sufficiently light the area.
The council may also consider a second phase to the project, which would be completed after more funds can be dedicated for the work.
"The price of asphalt has gone up quite a bit this year," DeNave said.
The council may consider spending between $160,000 and $180,000 to complete the renovation. Regardless, work is expected to begin next month.
In other business, the council passed a resolution to extend the ECLC lease agreement for an additional five years to June 30, 2022. ECLC pays approximately $500,000 a year to lease the school building on Lum Avenue.
The council also unanimously adopted a bond ordinance for $1,039,851 for various public improvements and the purchase of new equipment. The ordinance includes the purchase of a number of vehicles that will be used by the Department of Public Works.
The purchases include a 2014 Ford F-550 Mason Dump truck for $53,001.00 and a 2014 Ford F-350 4-wheel drive pickup truck for $34,990.
Also purchased for the DPW will be a 2014 LCT600 Leaf Vacuum with a John Deere 4045 84 HP Engine at a cost of $25,095, and a 2014 Ford Explorer 4-Wheel Drive vehicle at $27,915.
Mayor Bruce Harris announced that extending the hours for using lights at Lum Field will be discussed at the June 9 council meeting. The extended lighting is proposed for the fall to accommodate youth football practice.