Fife Named Council President at Chatham Borough Reorganization Meeting

Victoria Fife is sworn in for her second three-year term on the Borough of Chatham Council Credits: TAP Chatham
James Collander before his swearing in for a fourth term on the Borough of Chatham Council Credits: TAP Chatham
Fire Chief Peter Glogolich and the rest of the  volunteers wait to get sworn in Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Victoria Fife had a busy night at the Borough of Chatham reorganization meeting, where she was sworn in for her second term on the Borough Council, was voted president of the council and also was approved as a member of the planning board on Monday night.

Also sworn in was James J. Collander, who is starting his fourth term on the Borough Council, along with a slew of appointments to various committees and positions, including members of the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

Fife was the driving force behind the effort to pass a master plan for the "M" District, the light industrial area that includes Watching Avenue, Commerce Street and River Road. The "Gateway" plan, which the council adopted last year, expanded the use for the M District and established the parameters for future growth.

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Colander, chairman of the borough's Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, had a number of the projects he was involved in come to fruition this past year.

Sidewalks and road improvement to Kings Road, a new pedestrian crosswalk blinker at the intersection of Coleman Avenue and Main Street, the expansion of parking hours near Main Street shops, and a program to provide decals for residents to park in front of their homes without fear of ticketing were all within Colanders' purview.

Mayor Bruce Harris made his remarks about the 2013 accomplishments of the borough council and also looked to the future, noting that a long-range financial plan will be introduced at the next meeting of the council. Harris said that because of the work of the council Chatham has the "fourth-lowest municipal tax rate in Morris County."

Harris spoke about plans to renovate Post Office Plaza, the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Chatham Train Station and the future restaurant that will be housed there.

In other business, Vincent DeNave, borough engineer, says that Washington Avenue School will be submitting the plans for its proposed parking lot. The plans will be available for residents to view towards the end of the week.

See video of Chatham Volunteer Firefighters being sworn in below:

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