Chatham Borough Saves Taxpayers $20K-Plus by Paving Walking Path at Shepard Kollock Park

Walking path at Shepard Kollock put in with a paving machine used by Chatham Borough DPW employees Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough saved taxpayers between $20,000 and $30,000 by using a paving machine to make this path at Shepard Kollock Credits: TAP Chatham
Part of the new 1/3 mile path on the perimeter of the ball fields at Shepard Kollock Park Credits: TAP Chatham
Vince DeNave, borough engineer, reports on money saved by having DPW employees build a walking path at Shepard Kollock Park with a paving machine Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough saved taxpayers between $20,000 and $30,000 by using a paving machine to construct a walking path at Shepard Kollock Park, according to a report by borough engineer Vince DeNave at the council meeting held Monday night.

DeNave reported that the money was saved because the work was completed by the DPW employees using a borrowed paving machine, which the borough might want to purchase for future use. Phase I included the 1/3 mile path around the ball fields at Shepard Kollock.

DeNave explains that Phase I of the Shepard Kollock capital improvement has been completed

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Phase II of the project relates to a wood-chip nature trail along the Passaic River at Shepard Kollock.

In his report, administrator Steve Williams announced that micro resurfacing of Chatham Borough roads will start Wednesday. Residents will be notified ahead of time to the exact dates.

"Weather permitting, we should start micro resurfacing Wednesday, Aug. 16 on Myrtle Avenue, Hedges Avenue, Vine Street, Minton Avenue, Elmwood Avenue (Main Street to Weston), North Hillside Avenue (Main Street to Weston) and Walnut Street," Williams said. 

In other business, the council adopted ordinances to regulate signs on borough property, including political signs, and establish regulations related to hazardous material substance pipelines in town. Both passed by a 5-0 vote.

The hazardous material substance pipeline ordinance is meant to safeguard Chatham Borough's water supply and infrastructure from a project such as the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. 

The amended ordinance on signs basically leaves the use of political signs unchanged, although it stipulates removal of such signs within five days after an election. 

The regular council meeting scheduled for Sept. 11 might start at 7:45 p.m. instead of the normal time of 7:30 to accommodate the annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony that will be held near the Library on N. Passaic Avenue. The mayor and council plan to attend the 7 p.m. ceremony prior to the meeting.


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