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What Would You Improve in Chatham in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Chatham, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Chatham to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Chatham wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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CB Citizen December 27, 2012 at 01:29 AM
The borough website is www.chathamborough.org, and there are directions for how to receive alerts from the Borough--Nixle would be an EXPENSIVE duplication of what the Borough does with a FREE service.
aq3 December 27, 2012 at 05:22 AM
That's rude.
aq3 December 27, 2012 at 05:23 AM
But actually, that is really, really rude. Didn't anybody teach you to not say things like that when you were younger?
rosemary cooke December 27, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Put more pressure on JCP&L to upgrade the antiquated transformers in the Boro. The Manor section (regardless of the nature of the outage) is the first to go down and the last to have power restored. The lack of foresight and communication by JCP&L during the last two major disasters was both irresponsible and inexcusable! Chatham deserves better!
Megan December 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM
John M.- You are just rude!
Patrick Grady December 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM
The train certainly is part of the Borough. You choose to live in the township, key word there is choose. If you want a parking pass, move to Chatham Borough and get on the list like everyone else.
sally eisenreich December 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I would like to see an increased frequency of curbside recycling in the Township. Presently we have recycling pickup only 2 times pew month, except when it interferes with a holiday. For example, this past November we had only one pick up. I believe the Borough has recycling pick up weekly. Getting rid of all those can. Bottles and papers would be nice!
Sir December 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
John M - well said and I agree. Seems like the township is "better off" than the borough, yet the borough are the ones who act like they are the ones who are a bit snobbish. Let them have their train station - we have the better homes and lives. Happy New Year!!
Hugs December 27, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Location, location, location. As someone already mentioned, you had a choice to live where you live. Some people choose to live in a "town" that's simply a large neighborhood while others chose to live in a town. There are so many other options than the CB train station. I used to scoot down the hill to New Prov and now I am quite happy with Madison's train station. Works great for me and no traffic and long backups at the light at Watchung or Southern.
citizen December 27, 2012 at 03:46 PM
It’s odd that the majority of comments about how to improve Chatham are about commuting by those who apparently spend their days away from Chatham. How about improving the increasingly congested traffic for those who are here on a daily basis?
John M. December 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Moving from the Township to the Borough is like switching from gas to oil. No one would do it. I may be rude, but I am right. I had a choice, did you?
Patrick Grady December 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
- I would fix the sidewalks in the Borough. Walking down the street of the borough with young children has become hazardous. Some many uprooted sidewalks that have been that way for years now. It seems at times that the town ios more concerned about the trees that line the streets than the people walking on the sidewalks. - Also, the town needs to really go through the Borough and cut back a lot of the trees that are entangled n the power lines. When you ask the town about the problem, they tell you to call JCP&L if the trees are near the power lines and then JCP&L tells you that the Town doesn't want to pay for trees to be removed because if they remove one it will force them to remove others that need to come down or be cut back.
Steve December 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
The Recycling Center is located on Tanglewood Lane and is open Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Saturday: 8:00 AM to Noon.
chakamojo December 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Since our children are schooled under the same school system (and that is more important than anything else) it only makes sense that the train station parking be available for both borough and township residents. In the long run, Chatham Township and Chatham Borough will merge. The school system was the toughest part. Municipal services and police will be easier. Fiscal necessities in the next 10 years will make this happen.
charles Philipp December 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM
CB Citizen As expressed by many in the borough, people do not, respectfully, Tweet, Nixle provided immediate police alerts, as discussed at the last meeting in the borough.
ABChatham December 28, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Establish a teen center for our high schoolers. This would help with the drinking problem prevalent in this and many other suburban towns where kids have little to do other than " hang out" downtown wandering the borough and Cougar Field.
Megan December 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Sir and John M. -Yes, people have a choice where they live and chose for various reasons. It is still rude to put down where someone lives, even if you think you are better off. You can praise your town but don't put anyone else down. It simply is not nice.
Sir December 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Megan I agree and apologize.
ChathamNJ December 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Chakamojo - I politely suggest that there is an error in your logic. The two towns share the school system, including the cost. The train station parking is borough property, maintained by borough taxes. Even with that, there is a waiting list for borough taxpayers. The township could offer to support the cost of the parking lot. This would do two things - Raise township taxes - including for those who do not want to use the parking lot - Dramatically increase the length of the waiting list for parking. Essentially offering no relief for those in the township who want to get a parking pass
Aware Parent December 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The Borough owns the parking lots. So, if the Borough owns the property, why would the permits not go to residents of the Borough? The station may have been improved by Federal Funds, but once you step off of that curb, its Borough property maintained by the Borough and paid for with tax dollars from, guess who, RESIDENTS OF THE BOROUGH!!!
chakamojo December 29, 2012 at 02:31 PM
chathamnj - that is a fair proposal that I think many would agree with. The only thing is that I have to believe the train station is a net " money maker" and not a cost for the borough. If it was operating at a loss, then since there is a waiting list there should be a parking fee increase
Aware Parent December 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
chakamojo, They are two independent towns. We share school systems, but that is it. The Governments are totally separate, and the towns each collect their separate taxes. Now, you are correct, there may come a day when it becomes one town, but it is not. It doesn't matter if the Borough does or doesn't make money on the train station. You cannot offer permits to Township residents any more than you can offer them to any other resident of any other town. They are not one and the same.
Biff January 02, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I don't understand why more numbered (daily) spots aren't allocated at the train station. I hear that the numbered shots are gone by 6:30am, while I see a vast number of empty permit spots every day. This is like throwing away food while your neighbors go hungry. I sure wish Chatham Township had a better Committee, that was capable of striking a better deal with the Borough. If only Mr. Brower needed a daily train spot :-).
Elizabeth Gearhart January 02, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I agree with Sally. Tanglewood's hours are inconvenient, and the last time we tried to take yard waste there we were told the compost section was closed. We also need curbside pick up of yard waste in the Township.
Elizabeth Gearhart January 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
We need more sidewalks along main roads in the Township (Shunpike from Cougar field to the Shoprite complex, for instance) and also curbside yard waste pick-up for the township.
zak January 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM
It's called the Chatham Train Station not the Chatham Borough Train Station. Everyone living in Chatham should have equal opportunity to get a parking permit. Lafayette School & Chatham High School are located in the township. It would be wrong to differentiate borough kids from township kids. It doesn't matter that the train station is on borough property, people would be PAYING to get parking permits. Schools run on tax money. Township pays more taxes than the borough, that doesn't mean their kids should get better seats in the school than borough kids.
chakamojo January 03, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I agree Zak. The whole situation of borough residents thinking they "own" the train station has gone too far - in fact, its probably owned by NJ Transit. If our monies are pooled to school our children then every resident of Chatham (Borough and Township) should have a right to get on the train station waiting list. t will happen one day soon.
Aware Parent January 03, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Zak, not sure what "township pays more taxes has to do with anything" but the Borough tax rate is higher last I checked. Also, "chakamojo, Borough residents do not think they own anything and NJ Transit, and this is a fact, "owns the station and the rail, but the Borough owns the property off of the curb - please see the tax records. This is public record. The schools are merged for cost reasons. However, are you aware that the crossing guards at Lafayette and the high school are paid for by the township, why - BECAUSE IT IS TOWNSHIP PROPERTY, even though the schools are merged. The guards at WAS and MILTON are Borough paid, and at SBS, township paid. A crossing guard was just posted on Dellwood Avenue, where township and borough property intersect and guess who pays for the crossing guard there, BOTH township and borough. The station lot is owned by the borough and paid for by taxpayers of the borough. This is not meant to seem like borough residents think they own something - the "Borough of Chatham" owns it. Part of each town's taxes go towards school taxes, but they are not pooled in anyway. Every town does it this way- if you are a resident in the town where the station is, your get a permit because the town owns the lot. As far as I am concerned, let the towns merge, and then everyone is entitled to a permit, and our towns save money on government and public services!!
zak January 03, 2013 at 09:45 AM
The gist of my comment was equal rights for every Chatham resident. How would borough residents feel if township residents had parking permits for the High School parking lot since it's located in the township?
llbxy January 10, 2013 at 01:13 AM
By that logic we should all be allowed to park in your driveway. The HS parking lot is located in the Township, but it is not owned by the Township.

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