CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council passed its $14 million 2014 municipal budget and two bonding ordinances totaling more than $1 million at its meeting on Monday night.
Ordinance 14-04 authorized the acquisition of new equipment, technology and public improvement to be paid with the sale of bond anticipation notes totaling $971,000.
The second ordinance, 14-05, will raise $119,000 through the sale of bonds. Included in the ordinance is the expenditure of $30,000 for a new SUV, which will be shared by the borough Department of Public Works and the Water Department.
The first ordinance, 14-04, and the municipal budget passed by 5-1 votes of the council. The second ordinance, 14-05, was adopted by unanimous vote.
The dissenting vote was cast by Alida Kass, who stood by her original objection against the capital spending portion of the budget.
"We borrowed more than was necessary last year," Kass said. "If we want to spend more on roads this year as the result of this winter, that should be made with tradeoffs within the capital budget."
In other business, the council passed a resolution designating May 18-24 as Emergency Medical Services Week. Christine Grobert of the Chatham Emergency Squad was at the meeting to accept the proclamation. Grobert invites residents to visit the Chatham Emergency Squad, which is seeking new members. The Chatham EMS has served both the borough and township for 77 years.