CHATHAM, NJ - Even though it was part of the consent agenda, Chatham Borough Council member Gerald Helfrich asked that the council vote separately on the resolution thanking former administrator Robert Falzarano at the regular meeting of the borough council on Monday night.

Falzarano had resigned April 28, effective June 10, 2017 and is now the administrator for Harding Township. Steve Williams was named the acting administrator for Chatham Borough to take Falzarano's place.

When reached by phone at his office in Harding Township on Wednesday, Falzarano said he was unaware of the resolution. He noted that he had received a message from Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris, but that it did not mention the resolution.

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The resolution thanks Falzarano for his "16 years of dedicated and professional service and for his leadership."

The resolution also highlighted Falzarano's contribution, which brought "a degree of professionalism to municipal government that has made Borough government responsive to the needs of residents and ensured that all residents receive high quality municipal services ... establishment of and participation in shared services arrangements that have saves the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars while still ensuring that they receive high quality services."

The resolution also praised Falzarano's budgeting practices and 10-year capital plan that contributed to Chatham Borough's AAA bond rating with Moody's Investors Service.

In other business, council member Peter Hoffman announced that a successful transition was made for the borough in receiving health services from Westfield. Previously, Chatham Borough had received its health services from Madison. 

  • The council also introduced two ordinances that were passed by 6-0 votes of the council. One to amend code, providing regulations applicable to "Oil and hazardous substance pipelines."
  • The second ordinance is a 10-page amendment related to signs. James Lott, Chatham Borough attorney, explained that it was the result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in "Reed vs. the Town of Gilbert, Ariz." The ordinance's goal is to "revise the Borough Sign Ordinance to eliminate any regulatory distinctions based on the subject matter of signs and/or the category of speech consistent with the Reed decision." Both ordinance will be up for adoption at the Aug. 14 meeting of the council.
  • Vince DeNave, borough engineer, reported that work has begun on the 1/3-mile walking trail at Shepard Kollock Park, which will be placed on the perimeter of the ball fields. That part is Phase 1. DeNave explained that Phase 2 would be the woodchip trail that will run along the Passaic River.