Chatham Borough Seeks "Sustainable Jersey" Grant for Kelley's Pond; New Sunday Liquor Sale Time Adopted

Chatham Borough Council member Jim Collander, seen on computer, participated in the meeting from Florida in his usual seat next to council member Gerald Helfrich Credits: TAP Chatham
The annual fishing derby sponsored by the Chatham Borough Fire Department takes place at Kelley's Pond behind Milton Avenue School Credits: TAP Chatham
Vince DeNave, Chatham Borough Engineer, talks to council member Gerald Helfrich at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council authorized an application for $20,000 in "Sustainable Jersey" grant funds that would go toward improving the condition of Kelley's Pond at its regular meeting on Monday night.

The resolution asks for an "Invertebrate Conservation Management Demonstration Project at Brookside Grove and Kelley's Pond..." Brookside Grove and Kelley's Pond are part of an 88-acre parcel located behind Milton Avenue School.

Vincent DeNave, borough engineer, gave an overview of what would be done with the grant money, if awarded. In addition to the grant money, Chatham Borough would kick in $3,500 and the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department, which runs an annual fishing derby at Kelley's Pond, would commit $10,000 toward the project.

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"Some of the negatives to the pond is that we don't have enough water movement," DeNave said. "We're looking at putting a bubbler in there, that's one item that is going to help out with the wildlife that is in there. There are quite a few fish in there. 

"We want to bring back the native species, in particular milk weed," DeNave said. "This is important because you can get  your pollinators like you Monarch Butterfly and the bee population that is in the area to feed off the milkweed and some of these other native species they can pollinate from and they can become self-sustaining."

DeNave noted that Chatham Eagle Scouts had done quite a bit of work around Kelley's pond, installing benches and bird feeders, among other improvements.

Vincent DeNave, borough engineer, talks about a plan to bring back Monarch Butterflies and polinating bees back to Kelley's Pond.

In other business, the council voted 6-0 in adopting three ordinances, including an amendment to borough code regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages. The ordinance allows Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., which had been requested by Bottle King located on Watchung Avenue. The old code had allowed Sunday sales to begin at 12 noon.

The ordinance also allows for sales on weekdays and Saturday to span between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

A bond ordinance in the amount of $1,195,210 to finance "various public improvements and the acquisition of new additional or replacement equipment...." was adopted 6-0, as was anticipation bond ordinance in the amount of $151,000 to make a down payment on addition and replacement equipment for Chatham Borough water utility.

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