CHATHAM, NJ -The Borough of Chatham Council introduced an ordinance on Monday night at its regular meeting that would regulate stopping/standing during specific times along a portion of Dellwood Avenue.
The ordinance would prohibit vehicles from stopping/standing on school days between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. only, according to the recommendation by the borough's long range traffic and pedestrian safety committee.
The stopping/standing ban would start at the Chatham Borough/Chatham Township line on Dellwood and extend north, 229 feet toward Fairview Avenue.
The ordinance passed by a 6-0 vote and will be up for adoption at the Aug. 8 meeting of the council.
Council member James Collander explains that the new ordinance would "add a layer of safety" for students using the Dellwood Avenue path
Both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township have been studying plans to promote safety for school children who use the footpath on Dellwood Avenue, located at the border between the two towns.
The path is used by Chatham High and Lafayette School students, who are reportedly dropped off and picked up near the path entrance.
Chatham Township has not introduced any changes to its traffic laws on Dellwood Avenue at this time.
In other business, the borough council introduced an ordinance that adopts an upgrade to the borough zoning map, well head protection area overlay zone map and historic district map. The ordinance was introduced by a 6-0 vote and will be up for a public hearing and adoption on Aug. 8.
The council also introduced an ordinance to vacate a portion of Oliver Street, located at 102 Washington Avenue. Council member Gerald Helfrich pointed out that the 100-foot section being vacated is actually a "paper" street.
The ordinance is part of the plan to shift the entrance to Washington Avenue School away from the residence at 92 Washington Avenue, allowing the resident to exit his driveway without traveling through school property. The ordinance passed 6-0 and will be up for adoption on Aug. 8.