CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township has received a $219,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation to build a sidewalk extension on Fairmount Avenue it was announced Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

The total project will cost about $400,000 and extend the sidewalk on the east side of Fairmount Avenue from Longwood Avenue to the intersection of Southern Boulevard. The township has two years to accept the grant.

John Ruschke, the township engineer, explained that the township had asked for $250,000 in its grant application

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In other business, the committee voted, 5-0, to adopt new lower Colony Pool membership fees for the summer. 

Chatham Township Administrator Robert Hoffmann announced that the township will be putting a Request for Qualifications for food concessions at Colony Pool (see the video below). The township is looking to enter into a two-year contract for the service.

The Committee voted, 4-1, to amend the Open Space tax and lower to 1 cent. If the committee had not voted to amend the tax, it would have automatically been 2 cents. Committee member Curt Ritter spoke in favor of the 2 cent rate and was the lone no vote.

The committee also discussed the possible formation of a Technology Advisory Committee, appointed by the mayor, which would help the township create a technology master plan.

In order to allow residents more time for public commentary, the committee will consider an amendment to its bylaws that will increase the speaking time from three minutes to five minutes. It would also eliminate the 30-minute per subject discussion time.