CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township has joined a pilot program offered by the state that will pay for the design costs of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) sidewalk project, it was announced at the Chatham Township Committee meeting on Thursday night.

Chatham received a $578,000 SRTS grant to install sidewalks on the east side of Lafayette Avenue and on the north side of Spring Street, but the grant did not include the "soft costs" such as design. But, thanks to the state pilot program, Chatham Township will have those costs covered as well.

John Ruschke, township engineer, is in the process of planning the SRTS project that will likely begin in 2017.

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Township Engineer John Ruschke talks about DOT pilot program that will fund design of Chatham's Safe Routes to School sidewalk project

Chatham Township also received $100,000 in grant money from FEMA for its installation of a permanent generator for the municipal building.

In other business, Karen Brodsky, director of the Library of the Chathams, gave a presentation on plans to reconfigure the floor plan of the library. Brodsky reviewed the many advantages of the project and said that library trustees are awaiting feedback from the public before moving ahead with the project. 

Brodsky noted that all residents from the township and the borough would receive a mailing about the reconfiguration plans in January. 

The township committee, also voted to extend the lease of the Senior Services Center, which is located at the municipal building located at 58 Meyersville Road for $1 per year. The extension is for five years.

Committee member Karen Swartz comments about the improvements made to the Senior Center located at 58 Meyersville Road.