CHATHAM, NJ - Newly sworn in Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz noted in his mayoral address that the borough is faced with "a weighty decision that will affect its character and composition for decades to come. Who said governing was easy?"
Kobylarz took the occasion of his swearing-in at the Borough of Chatham Council 2020 Reorganization Meeting to assure residents Monday night that he will not be rushing forward with the Post Office Plaza Redevelopment plans and will be seeking input from residents on their preferences.
Kobylarz speaks about the Post Office Plaza Redevelopment in the video below
Kobylarz announced the 2020 policy positions in regard to the Post Office Plaza Redevelopment project:
- We are tossing out the previous delineated schedule pertaining to this project.
- Before we do anything, we will be seeking more information from our residents about their preferences through not just one, but a series of Town Halls (the number of which is still to be determined) beginning in February.
- We will use the month of January to bring our newest council members up to speed on this all-important matter.
- We will be hiring an independent financial analyst to examine a range of options regarding use of the Post Office Plaza.
- Among other things, this analyst will be tasked with constructing different financial models and performing cost-benefit analyses for each.
- This analyst will also take a long, hard look at the present project in its most recent guise as presented by the current developer in November.
- We will make every effort to compile the data and facts necessary to making a judicious decision, one that will result in advancing the twin aims of (i) ensuring economic vitality and fiscal stability in Chatham Borough, while (ii) preserving the preferred character of our suburban community.
- We will have more to say on this entire matter at our January 27 Council meeting.
The 2020 Borough of Chatham Council has three new members. Karen Koronkiewicz and Irene Treloar were sworn into three-year terms and Len Resto rejoined the council to finish out the final year of Kobylarz's term, which he vacated to become mayor. Resto had twice previously been a member of the council.
Council member Jocelyn Mathiasen was voted in as the council president.