CHATHAM, NJ - A pilot concert set for Friday, Aug. 30 at the Chatham Gazebo in Reasoner Park that could serve as the prelude to a summer concert series was announced at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday night.

Council member Carolyn Dempsey talks about the plans to hold a pilot concert in the video below.

The announcement came two weeks after Chatham resident Maggie Grady came before the council to ask about having a summer series like other nearby towns.

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Grady, who got the wheels moving toward the pilot concert, is also familiar with local bands and has penciled in the Rosewood Band of Madison to perform at the Aug. 30 concert.

Dempsey said that the cost for the pilot concert would come from private donations and will not be funded by Chatham Borough tax dollars. Dempsey said a sponsor is still being sought at this time.

In other business, council member Jocelyn Mathiasen said that an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags is under legal review and should be introduced in the near future. Mathiasen said that the ordinance includes a fee for paper bags to help offset the cost to businesses for the changeover, as well as the added energy costs associated with producing paper bags.

The Chatham Township Committee will consider the same single-use plastic bag ban ordinance as are other surrounding towns such as Madison. The Chatham Borough Environmental Commission backs the plan it presented at the June 24 borough council meeting.

If adopted, enforcement of such a law would not go into effect until 2020, allowing for an educational transition period.

Chatham Borough Administrator Steve Williams reported that 39 Chatham Borough residents were still without power as of Monday and emphasized that residents should call in outages and not assume that JCP&L knows that your power is out.

Carol Bianchi of JCP&L explains that the cable that caused outage problems will be replaced without affecting the service to Chatham Borough in the video below.