CHATHAM, NJ - Gerald J. Helfrich was sworn in for his second three-year term as a member of the Borough of Chatham Council and then unanimously voted as the council president at the council's 2015 reorganization meeting held Monday night.
Helfrich succeeds Vicky Fife, who remains a member of the council. Jim Lonergan also was sworn in for his new three-year term as a member of the council.
"I want to thank everyone for the trust and confidence they've shown me," Helfrich said.
In other business, artist Kenji Hasegawa was named the council's Volunteer of the Year for the work he put in painting the murals on the walls of the Fairmount Avenue underpass as part of the Chatham Train Station Centennial Celebration.
Hasegawa led 25 volunteers in painting the historic scenes of Chatham in murals placed on both sides of Fairmount Avenue. Hasegawa is an art teacher at Washington an Milton avenue schools.
Mayor Bruce Harris made some brief remarks about the challenges ahead, mentioning the fight against the Pilgrim Pipeline, which has plans to run an oil pipeline from Albany, N.Y., through Chatham on its way to Linden.
"One challenge we're going to face this year is the Pilgrim Pipeline," Harris said. "The plans remain unclear, but we are definitely going to face that challenge in 2015.
"Like I said last year, all of us up here are constantly looking for ways to improve the way we do things, even if we can't make everyone happy. I am confident that we are well-equipped to meet the challenges of 2015. Working together, we can achieve great success this year."
Doug Allan was sworn in as the new Chatham Borough Fire Chief, replacing Peter Glogolich, who served as chief for the past 12 yeas. Allan will be paid an annual salary of $14,500.
"I look forward to new goals, new challenges and a great and safe year," Allan said.