Financial Details of Boro Officials May Be Disclosed

Chatham Borough Council will vote on an ordinance that could require certain employees and volunteers to file financial disclosure statements.

The Chatham Borough Council will vote on an ordinance requiring a financial disclosure statement for certain appointed positions in the borough.

If the ordinance passes, a disclosure statement will be required "for those appointed positions deemed 'local government officers,'" as defined under New Jersey state law.

This includes the mayor, council members, anyone with the power to vote on ordinances or grant zoning variances—meaning members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment—and executives or confidential employees of the borough

A full copy of the ordinance, the first to be introduced in 2013, may be found in the Photos & Documents section of this article.

The council will also vote on an amendment to a lease agreement between the borough and New Cingular Wireless, which leases space within the Chatham Borough Municipal Building. The amendment will allow for the "installation of additional antennas, associated cables and other communications instruments," according to the resolution.

Councilman James Collander will give a report on pedestrian safety and traffic planning, both of which have long been a controversial topic in Chatham Borough.

Flexible Spending Accounts for borough employees will also be voted on. Employees will be able to up to $2,500 in a medical reimbursement account and up to $5,000 in a dependent care reimbursement account each year, if the resolution passes.

The council will also vote on a resolution to appoint Stacey McEvoy to the Cares & Shares Advisory Committee, which replaced the Local Assistance Board in 2012. Another resolution will appoint Patrick Carroll as a regular member of the Shade Tree Commission with his term to expire on Dec. 31, 2017. Carroll has previously served as a first alternate on the committee.

The council will discuss several items in closed session, including the appraisals of vacant lands and enforcement in industrial districts, and filling the position deputy director of the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works. .

There is no mention on the agenda of a discussion to merge the borough's building department with Madison's.

The council meets at the Chatham Borough Municipal Building at 7:30 p.m. A full copy of the agenda can be found in the Photos & Documents section of this article.


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