Chatham Township's Safe Routes to Schools Committee is expected to discuss a proposed footpath off Linden Lane/ Horseshoe Drive to Pine Street—and some residents' opposition to it—at a meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Board of Education conference room in the municipal building, 58 Meyersville Road.
Safe Routes committee member Sarah Fechtner said Linden Lane is a private road, and some residents have questions about what that means for the public's ability to use a footpath on the street to get to Chatham High School or Lafayette Avenue School.
There also are concerns a nearby pond might attract students and be a safety hazard.
Fechtner said she believed the footpath was used decades ago, but now is overgrown and unmarked.
Laura Conover-Ferchak, president of the Linden Lane Association, said all homeowners have direct liability should something happen and the homeowners that surround the pond have further liability because they own the pond.
Seven Safe Routes footpaths are up and running, but this section of the township is without one, Fechtner said.
This post has been updated to say Fechtner believed the footpath was used in the past, and to include the president of the Linden Lane Association.