Sidewalk Issue in Chatham Borough Remains Unresolved


CHATHAM, NJ - Sidewalk ordinances were addressed at the Chatham Borough Council meeting Tuesday night.

The first order of business was the election of council president for 2013. John Holman was nominated and appointed by a unanimous vote.

The discussion of the sidewalk ordinances, run by council member James J, Collander, was centered on whether the borough or private households should pay for new sidewalks and sidewalk repairs. The consensus seemed to be that the repairs needed for sidewalk damage due to private construction or tree roots would be the responsibility of the homeowner. 

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Damage due to other causes and the initial building of sidewalks on residential streets would most likely be the borough's responsibility.  Commercial sidewalk responsibility was hotly debated and no consensus was reached. The council did not reach an agreement and will vote on the topic at a later date.

The weekend of May 31-June 2  was declared Chatham High School Class of 1963 Weekend for the 50th reunion of the class. The reunion, not surprisingly, will have a 1960s theme. The class is scheduled to tour their former school, as well as downtown Chatham.

An ordinance was passed that calls for the vacating of an unimproved section of Princeton Street.

Another resolution ordered many roads to be closed from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2013 for the St. Patrick’s Community 5K Run.

The council also agreed on recognizing the volunteer of the year and other stand out volunteers at the upcoming Fishawack Festival.  

“Volunteers are what make Chatham the special community that it is,” Mayor Bruce A. Harris said.

Also, The Girl Scouts were authorized to have a collection box collecting canned food for the Pleasant Animal Shelter at the Fire Department during Fishawack.

Another ordinance was passed to increase the maximum parking time on Main Street from one hour.

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