CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz announced that the borough is close to hiring an independent financial analyst to review the River Road Redevelopment project and will follow by hiring another analyst for the Post Office Plaza site.
Kobylarz assured the public at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday night that he would slow down and review the redevelopment projects planned for River Road and Post Office Plaza, reiterating his remarks made when he was sworn in as mayor at the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting.
"The process will slow down considerably," Kobylarz said. "We do hear you and very much want to get this right."
Mayor Kobylarz reiterates his promises made at the Jan. 6 meeting and then talks about hiring a financial analyst in the videos below.
Resident Bob Penn spoke during the public portion of the meeting and told how he came to Chatham from an urban area and was attracted by the small-town feel. He urged the mayor and council to keep that feel in any redevelopment decisions they make.
"This is like the town that time forgot," Penn said. "I was determined to live here. People don't move to Chatham for what we don't have. They move here for what we do have, that small-town feel. See Penn's full remarks below.
Chatham resident Bill Heap, who is also a member of the planning board, said it was "disheartening" when people came to meetings and said they've lived in Chatham for "50 years" but had never been to a council meeting before. He said the redevelopment was being dictated by affordable housing obligations. See his remarks in the video below.
Kobylarz answered the public concerns by saying that any project that moves forward needs to keep the character of the town in mind. See his full remarks below.