CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council held a televised public meeting without the public present on Monday night, at which Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz announced that three more "extremely mild cases" of Coronavirus in the borough have been reported.
"As of this afternoon, there are six confirmed cases in the borough," Kobylarz said. "The breakdown is as follows. A married couple in their 60s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 30s and two males in their 20s.
"All individuals are home and recuperating. The latest three appear to be extremely mild cases. Self-quarantining protocols are in place. This is a public health emergency that will be with us for at least a month, if not longer."
According to the borough website report, a 26-year-old male, a 27-year-old male and a 34-year-old male are the three latest confirmed cases. For patient confidentiality purposes, specific details will not be released.
All six members of the council and the mayor participated in the meeting, but only Mayor Kobylarz, and council members Carolyn Dempsey and Bob Weber were physically in the room, sitting with empty seats between each other.
Council President Jocelyn Mathiasen, and council members Len Resto, Karen Koronkiewicz and Irene Treloar participated via conference call, as did clerk Tamar Lawful and attorney James Lott.
Chatham Borough Administrator Steve Williams and Police Chief Brian Gibbons were also spread out in the chamber.
Kobylarz said that discussion and action on the proposed redevelopment plans at River Road and Post Office Plaza would be put off until meetings with the public present could be held.
"The direction we've received from Trenton is that public bodies that hold meetings electronically during a state of emergency are to limit, to the extent practical, the public business conducted at these meetings to matters 1-necessary for the continuing operation of government and 2-that relate to the emergency declaration," Kobylarz said.
"Public safety in my book has always been job 1. That is going to be our focus and basically our game plan. Consideration of proposed redevelopment projects for the time being and until further notice are put on hold."
The council passed a resolution, approving a temporary supplemental budget of $3,395.17 to fill the gap until the 2020 official budget can be adopted. The temporary budget was introduced on Jan. 6, 2020.
On the abbreviated agenda, was the second reading of an ordinance appropriating $175,000 for revaluation of real property in the borough as per the mandate of Morris County. The measure passed, 6-0.
Kobylarz noted that "any revaluation would not take place until 2021.”
The council also unanimously adopted an ordinance to establish a Cap Bank for the calendar year 2020.