Chatham Borough Residents Eager to Form Pool Committee; All Bids for Solid Waste Collection Rejected

Martin Selzer addresses the Council

CHATHAM BOROUGH, NJ - Chatham Borough residents spoke out strongly in favor of the quick formation of a pool advisory committee at Monday night's meeting of the Chatham Borough Council.  The referendum supporting the renovation of Memorial Pool was approved by voters on November 2.  Members of the Council agreed that an advisory committee is in the best interest of the borough, but there was some debate regarding when, and in what ways, that committee should be involved.

Zoning Officer Vince DeNave estimated that a renovated pool could be ready for use within three to four months from the time money for the project is received; the main pool is leaking and needs to be replaced, while various other features have yet to be decided upon, such as a spray feature in the kiddie pool. If the regular bonding process is followed, the money may not be available until next spring or summer; therefore, an important time window may be closed.

Upon hearing this, resident Michael Dean, who had caught part of the broadcast at home, decided to attend the meeting so he could speak during the public comment portion.

Sign Up for E-News

“I don’t want to wait another year for a pool,” he said. His sense of urgency seemed to be shared by other residents in the audience, though DeNave stated that he will do what needs to be done to keep the pool open for the coming summer if it is the wish of the council.

Residents Martin Selzer and Sandy Roos reiterated that an advisory board should be formed quickly, and inquired as to whether that board would be involved right away in the planning process with DeNave.

Councilman James Lonergan suggested that the goals of the committee include increasing membership, ensuring that costs break even in order to prevent a burden on taxpayers, and improving the general environment for members. The council concluded that they are all in favor of an advisory committee, and specifics will be discussed at the next meeting.

In other business, the council passed a resolution to reject all bids for solid waste collection services due to what the borough considers to be a violation of the bidding statute, despite a request by Suburban Disposal, which has been the borough’s solid waste collection vendor for the past 10 years. The borough originally requested all bids to be in on October 26, by 2:00 pm.  On October 12, the deadline changed to October 26 at 9:30 am. Still, two bids came in at 2:00 pm, but before the contract was awarded to any other vendor. New bids will be solicited.

Attorney Richard Trenk represents Suburban Disposal, and maintained that the borough was not in violation of the bidding statute because notice of the time change was published within the guidelines previously documented, and within state law.

“Suburban respectfully disagrees with the Council's determination and is thoroughly evaluating all of its legal remedies,” Trenk told The Alternative Press. “Suburban has provided exemplary service to the Borough of Chatham for the past ten years and looks forward to continuing.”



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

A Week at the Library of The Chathams - Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Week at the Library of The Chathams

Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library book collection continues.  The tax season is here, and dedicated volunteers are here to help you with you tax returns!

For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!


Mindfulness and Meditation Courses Beginning March 2018

February 20, 2018

Mindfulness and Meditation Courses Beginning March 2018

-Space is limited as classes will be small-

MADISON, NJ – In celebration of the new spring season, come experience and enjoy Mindfulness and Meditation with Wendi L. Dumbroff, MA, LPC. Dumbroff is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Madison, New Jersey, where she specializes in individual, family, ...