CHATHAM, NJ - Despite no additional feedback from residents, the Chatham Township Committee voted 4-0 Thursday night to adopt an ordinance that will add stop signs at the end of Highland Avenue at Hall Road, and at the end of Hall Road at Wynwood Road.
The township committee, also voted to pass a resolution that appoints Chatham Township Police Detective Anthony LoPorto as the town's Humane Law Enforcement Officer.
The decision to add the two stop signs was first discussed when residents came before the committee at the May 10 meeting. The committee members decided to go forward with the ordinance, expecting to hear feedback from residents who might be in opposition. But in the two subsequent meetings where the ordinance was introduced and then adopted, no one from the public weighed in.
Committee member Tayfun Selen noted that he was surprised that he had no communication on the subject from residents. Committee member Kevin Sullivan said he wouldn't stand in the way of the ordinance despite voicing concerns about unintended consequences once the law is on the books.
The Chatham Township Police had collected traffic data on Highland Avenue over a 48-hour period from 10 a.m. on Monday, May 7 through 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9. It counted 650 vehicles traveling on Highland Avenue during that period and found that the average speed was 24 miles per hour. It also reported that the high speeds were in the 37 to 38 mile-per-hour range.
"I'm disappointed we haven't gotten more feedback," Committee member Mike Kelly said. "I think that's the missing part of the whole process."
Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, explained (see video below) that state amended the animal cruelty law enforcement statutes, requiring each municipal police department to designate a humane law enforcement officer and that LoPorto was recommended by Police Chief Steven Hennelly.