CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of engineer John Ruschke, the Chatham Township Committee voted, 3-0, to seek Department of Transportation Grants for sidewalks and transportation enhancements at its regular meeting on Thursday night.

Ruschke asked the committee to move forward with the applications, pointing to the asphalt sidewalks in need of repair on the north side of Shunpike Road, which start at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue, as a basis for a Safe Routes to School Grant. 

He also said that the township should apply for a transportation enhancement grant to make repairs on Fairmount Avenue.

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Ruschke talks about the grants at the township committee meeting in the video below

In other business, the committee tabled the public hearing and adoption of a $550,000 Bond Ordinance, which would finance improvements to the sewer utility to the Aug. 16. The committee would need four affirmative votes to adopt such an ordinance and there were only three committee members present at the meeting - Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz, and members Tayfun Selen and Kevin Sullivan. Absent were Mayor Curt Ritter and committee member Mike Kelly.

Swartz announced that Chatham Township Police Department had received re-accreditation from the state chief of police in the video below.