Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Borough administrator also injured in Arkansas accident.
Charles Dziedzic, the deputy director of the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works, was killed in a traffic accident in Arkansas late Monday afternoon. Chatham Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano and his brother George Falzarano were also injured in the accident, which occurred in Lonoke, Ark., just east of Little Rock Monday shortly after 5 p.m. The three men were returning to New Jersey by motorcycle from a cross-country trip, which began April 6. Falzarano has taken road trips by motorcycles with friends to California before, where he travels California State Route 1. Borough Mayor Bruce Harris and the Chatham Borough Police Department released details of the accident, provided by the Arkansas State Police, Tuesday morning. …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Residents could experience brown water.
The Water Utilities Division of the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works will begin flushing fire hydrants in town on Monday, April 23. Flushing will continue through Friday, May 18. The borough released a statement Monday saying residents should beware of brown, rusty water while flushing is ongoing. Any resident who sees dirty water should run the tap or flush the toilet until the water clears. Should the problem persist, residents can call the Water Utilities Deptartment at (973) 635-0674 ext. 214 "Hydrants are flushed twice annually to keep our water quality at a high standard, and water mains clean," the statement reads in part. The borough runs its own water service, unlike surrounding towns which use utlities such as New …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Police and DPW unions negotiated to save taxpayers money without losing a single job.
Chatham Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano said the new contracts for Police and Public Works employees, approved Tuesday by the Chatham Borough Council, will collectively save the borough more than $1 million over the next four years. "I have to compliment our two groups," Falzarano said. "We accomplished all of these negotiations ..with no attorneys involved, so the borough saved money there as well." Both groups will begin paying into their pension and health benefits under the legislation passed last year by Gov. Chris Christie, phased in over the four-year life of the contract. The contributions were not effective earlier because the employees were still under a labor agreement with the borough. In addition, the Chatham Borough …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Municipalities encourage residents to bring their brush, leaves.
In the wake of the late October snow storm, Chatham Township and Chatham Borough offered one round of brush pick-up to help clear roads and residences of trees and branches. The borough finished their brush collection on Nov. 20, according to Department of Public Works Director Robert Venezia. The township Department of Public Works expects brush pick-up to be completed by the middle of the week. No second round will be offered. To help keep roads clear, the Chatham Borough Council and Chatham Township Committee ask residents to bring their brush and leaves to the respective mulch areas. Because of the brush pick-up, the borough, which usually schedules three leaf collections between October and December, only managed two this year. One …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Department of Public Works collects branches and brush in teams of three.
The Chatham Borough Department of Public Works has picked up brush and branches from the late October snowstorm through more than half the town, as of Wednesday. Brush pick-up uses teams of three DPW employees each and can use either a wood chipper or small tractor with jaws. All the brush collected is taken to the mulch area behind Milton Avenue School. To get an idea of the work entailed in brush clean-up, see the video above.