CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough joined a group of towns that will be offering bus rides to New York City to help alleviate headaches for train commuters during NJ Transit's diversion of the Midtown Direct to Hoboken, starting July 10 and running through Sept. 1.
On Monday night at its regular meeting, Chatham Borough joined a group that has approved bus service from train station stops on the Morris-Essex line in Madison, Summit, Short Hills and Millburn. Joe Colangelo, president of Boxcar, which allows train commuters to reserve parking spaces at train stations through an APP, has expanded his service to include bus rides to New York City.
According to Colangelo, who attended the council meeting on Monday, a separate bus for Chatham commuters that can accommodate 54 passengers will leave the Chatham train station at 7:15 a.m. Seats on the bus can be reserved through the Boxcar APP.
The luxury bus will include internet access, air conditioning and bathrooms. The bus will take Chatham commuters and drop them off at 34th and Seventh Avenue in New York and also make a dropoff at 34th and Park Avenue.
Joe Colangelo of Boxcar answers questions about his company's bus service to New York City
Colangelo and his business partners are also looking into return bus service, but are still surveying potential customers for a preference in service.
In other business, Vince DeNave, borough engineer, reported to the council on "Infiltration and Inflow" to the sewage plant it shares with Madison. According to DeNave, millions of gallons of clean water is being sent to the shared sewage plant from Chatham Borough during rain storms because of "infiltration" into the borough system.
DeNave has identified the Woods Lane, Hillside Avenue area pump station as the potential problem area, where five buried manholes could be the source of the infiltration. DeNave will be unearthing the five manholes and checking for problems. He will report back to the council with an update in September.
Vince DeNave, borough engineer, will be looking manholes that add fresh water into the sewer system
First-year auditor Bud Jones reported on the state of finances in the borough and gave the council high grades on how the finances are run. Jones noted that the borough has a tax collection rate of 99.12 percent and that its fund balance is $2,521,000, which is up $85,000 from the year before.
"You're in really good financial shape," Jones. "Currently you're using one-sixth of the your debt rate. Just to use some numbers, you're debt limit is a little over $83 million and you're using than 15 of that."
Auditor Bud Jones reports the shape of the borough's finances at council meeting