Borough Residents Vote to Save Pool
Referendum to save Chatham Borough Municipal Pool passed by a margin of less than 500 votes.
Borough residents will have a municipal pool next summer.
Susan Caljean, the Chatham Borough Clerk, said voters opted for an increase in taxes to pay for renovations to the pool. The votes were 1,524 in favor, 1,041 opposed.
Chatham Patch spoke with over 30 voters Tuesday who refused to go on the record on their opinion about the pool. Council members Len Resto and John Holman were among those who declined to comment on the record. Council President and candidate Jim Collander said, "We need a large turnout as an indication of how people feel about the pool."
Resident Greg Lowe said after voting, "I don't know if there's enough interest in the pool [to support it]. I think it should be funded just by membership, not by taxes."
Poll workers in the township and the borough said voter turnout was higher than anticipated in Tuesday's midterm elections.
"They [the polls] were pretty busy," Caljean said. Township Clerk Gregory LaConte reported similarly high numbers of voters in that municipality. "I think they got a good turn-out," he said.
Polls in New Jersey closed at 8 p.m. Chatham Patch will post results as they become available.