Sunday, March 17, 2013
Committee divided on whether a mandatory residential snow removal law is needed.
The Chatham Township Committee asked Administrator Thomas E. Ciccarone to gather information about which residents voluntarily shovel their sidewalks in the snow. About 16 percent of homes in the township have sidewalks, and while there is a law requiring businesses to shovel their sidewalks, residents are not required to shovel. Committee Member Kathy Abbott, who also chairs the Safe Routes to School Committee, said while most people shovel their sidewalks on their own, a few houses especially near schools do not. Students walking to school have to walk in the street instead. "We put the sidewalk there for safety, and then when it snows they become unsafe," she said. Committee Member Bailey Brower, Jr. said it was unfair to force …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Chatham Township Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Chatham Township Committee will introduce its 2013 budget for approval when it meets Thursday. At the Feb. 14 committee meeting, Administrator Thomas E. Ciccarone proposed a tax rate decrease of 3/10 of a cent. For the average home assessed at $750,000, this would mean a tax decrease of $25.50. The 2012 tax rate was at 28.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, for a total average municipal tax of $2,152. If the committee votes to approve the budget as proposed, that amount will fall to 28.5 cents per $100. Public Hearing on Liquor Licenses The public will have the opportunity to comment on an ordinance raising fees for liquor licenses in the township. Currently, consumption liquor licenses cost $1,915, and retail liquor licenses cost $630…
Friday, February 15, 2013
After more than 25 years with the township police department, Steven Hennelly takes over as chief.
Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner administered the oath of office Thursday night to Steven Hennelly, who was officially sworn in as the new chief of the Chatham Township Police Department. The Chatham Township Committee unanimously voted Hennelly as the new chief at their Thursday, Jan. 31, meeting, and he took over the duties of chief the next day. Hennelly replaces Chief John Paton, who retired as of Thursday after 34 years with the Chatham Township Police Department, including four years as chief. The committee also approved two resolutions approving new lieutenants. Before Hennelly became a lieutenant, the department had three in that rank; under Paton's leadership the three positions were merged into one, partly in response to …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Chatham Township Committee will convene at 6:30 p.m. for Steven Hennelly's oath of office, then break for a reception for him.
Lt. Steven Hennelly of the Chatham Township Police Department will be formally sworn in Thursday for a position he has had for two weeks: that of Chief of Police in Chatham Township. The committee unanimously voted Hennelly as the new chief at their Thursday, Jan. 31 meeting, and he took over the duties of chief the next day. Hennelly replaces Chief John Paton, who retired as of Thursday after 34 years with the Chatham Township Police Department, including four years as chief. Hennelly has been a member of the Chatham Township Police Department since 1987. As lieutenant he has also served as the Public Information Officer. Budget Presentation The township budget presentation is listed on the agenda for Thursday's meeting as a possible …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Two local women lead the fight to save the park.
Mimi Mehta and Mary Rohe are determined to save the Chatham Skate Park, which has been closed since August on the advice of the township's insurance provider. The skate park's future is listed as a discussion item on the agenda for the Jan. 31 Chatham Township Committee meeting. The committee will determine whether to contribute to repairs for the park or to close the park permanently. Department of Public Works Director John Pacelli said the skate park needs a new asphalt deck, fasteners and intense renovations, all of which he said could cost between $50,000 and $100,000. Mehta and Rohe say the cost of the repairs will be much lower. They estimate between $15,000 and $25,000 is needed, an amount they hope to get from the committee. "We'…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The committee will meet in closed session Tuesday.
The Chatham Township Committee has called a special meeting to discuss personnel matters. Committee members will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Chatham Township Municipal Building. Three township officials are retiring this year, including Chatham Township Police Chief John Paton, Senior Center of the Chathams Director Mickey Chaput and Colony Pool & Tennis Club Tennis Instructor Paul Chaput. No action will be taken at the meeting, according to the notice which can be found in the Photos & Documents section of this article. A retirement party for Mickey Chaput will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Senior Center of the Chathams.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Kevin Sullivan was sworn in for his first term on the Chatham Township Committee.
Mayor Nicole Hagner and Deputy Mayor Robert Gallop were unanimously approved to their roles when the 2013 Chatham Township Committee convened for their reorganization meeting Thursday evening. As he did in 2012, Gallop nominated Hagner after citing her leadership in 2012 and in 2011 and 2010, especially through Hurricane Sandy and two years of a flat property tax rate. Hagner, in return, nominated Gallop to serve as deputy mayor. Both were approved unanimously by the rest of the committee, including newly-sworn member Kevin Sullivan. Both Hagner and Gallop's terms will expire on Dec. 31, 2013. In her annual mayoral address, Hagner thanked the remainder of the committee, including former Mayor and Committee Member Kevin Tubbs, and Interim …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Swearing in will be the first order of business when the Chatham Township Committee meets Thursday.
Chatham Township Clerk Greg LaConte will administer the oath of office to Kevin Sullivan when at the Chatham Township Committee's 2013 reorganization meeting Thursday. Sullivan, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Richard E. Templin in the November election. This is Sullivan's first term on the committee after several years on the township's Planning Board. He fills the seat vacated by former mayor Kevin Tubbs, who relocated from New Jersey last year. After Sullivan takes his oath, he and the other members of the committee—Nicole Hagner, Robert Gallop, Bailey Brower, Jr. and Kathy Abbott—will nominate and vote on members to serve as mayor and deputy mayor for 2013. Hagner has served as the township's mayor for the past three years…
Friday, December 14, 2012
The committee discussed forming a Complete Streets subcommittee with representation from several boards.
In their last meeting of 2012, the Chatham Township Committee discussed possibly forming a subcommittee to discuss bringing Complete Streets to the township. Committee Member Kathy Abbott proposed to the committee that they consider a Complete Streets resolution to add a plan for "complete streets" to the Master Plan. Complete Streets, Abbott said, "does not mean putting a sidewalk on every street." Rather, it would create specific plans for certain streets or parts of town. Some ideas Abbott had were: The plan could also include exemptions for other streets in town, such as those with insufficient street widths or which do not see enough traffic to warrant attention. Abbott used presentation materials on Complete Streets to the …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
A look at what's in store in the Chathams this week.
Each Monday we welcome you back to the work week with a look at what to expect in the Chathams. From content you'll find on Patch as the week goes on to community activities, here's what you need to know this week: 1) You need to know about school audits: The School District of the Chathams' Business Administrator will present the report on the district's 2011-12 budget audit when the Board of Education meets Monday. 2) You need to know about borough business: The Chatham Borough Council's last meeting of the year is Monday, and they will have to decide whether to withdraw or vote down a lighting ordinance which needs some changes. 3) You need to know about Chatham Towship: The township committee meets Thursday for their last meeting of …