CHATHAM, NJ - A group of Chatham residents, including the high school's jayvee coach, Brenda Beebe, came before the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday to urge moves to improve the public tennis facilities and to free up access to the courts at the Chatham Middle School.

Residents responded during the public portion of the meeting to a previously passed resolution calling for the suspension of yearly tennis fees. Council member Bob Weber met with the residents after the meeting and encouraged people to sign up for the free access to the courts, which are restricted with a combination lock. 

Weber said the borough wants to encourage the use of the courts and were suspending fees to increase interest and signups. It was reported that 24 people signed up to play on the courts last year when the fee was $75.

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But residents noted that surrounding towns, such as Summit, have free open access to the courts and have reportedly not experienced vandalism.

Chatham resident Carolyn Dempsey gives some history about the courts and compared them to Summit's tennis court access. She encouraged open use and resurfacing of the courts.

Longtime Chatham resident Patty Lowe explains that all the hard courts in Chatham are needed for use by the tennis teams and that repairs need to be made

Chatham resident Brenda Beebe, the CHS girls jayvee tennis coach, asked the council to think about the children of Chatham and to work with the school to make improvements