CHATHAM, NJ - The true financial effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Borough of Chatham Municipal Budget likely won't be known until next year, according to the assessment of Dave Hollberg, chief financial officer, during a public hearing on the 2020 budget Tuesday evening.

Hollberg highlighted the budget in a power-point presentation during the public hearing. A vote to adopt the $15.2 million budget is slated for the meeting scheduled for June 8. The increase for an average homeowner in Chatham Borough is calculated to be $249.44 or 2.82 percent.

The council had introduced its budget at its April 27 meeting.

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"I hope we can get through 2020 largely unscathed," Hollberg said, "2021 is going to be a challenge."

Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz gave up-to-date numbers on the 73rd day of the pandemic. The mayor said that 57 borough residents had been infected by the virus resulting in eight hospitalizations and seven deaths.

"We are certainly trending in the right direction," Kobylarz said. "We are not, by any means, out of the woods yet. We are in a position to take a more nuanced approach."

The mayor said that borough tennis courts will open Monday, June 1st. Residents can play singles against anyone, but doubles should include players from the same household.

In a clarification, Kobylarz said that people were allowed to picnic at parks on a blanket - just not on picnic tables.

"Residents from the same household can play basketball, throw a football, or kick a soccer ball with each other," Kobylarz said. "But no larger-scale pickup games or semi-organized sports activity involving individuals from separate households are permissible as of yet.”

Administrator Steve Williams reported that a car had been stolen recently on Kimball Street and reminded residents to lock their vehicles and take their key fobs inside ... there was an electrical fire in Washington Avenue School in one of the classrooms that the fire department extinguished ... Chatham Borough received a $138,000 grant from the Department of Transportation from the 2018 municipal aid program ... Chatham Borough was one of six municipalities in Morris County to qualify for a $10,000 grant from the county for emergency management.