Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A licensing agreement with PSE&G is on the agenda for approval at Thursday's Chatham Township Committee meeting.
Chatham Township may have reached an agreement with PSE&G over parking near Colony Pool & Tennis Club. A license agreement with the utility company for Colony Pool parking is listed on the agenda for Thursday's Chatham Township Committee meeting. PSE&G first notified the township they planned to terminate their license agreement for parking off of School Avenue in summer 2012 because of the monopole installations as part of their North Central Reliability Project. At that time, Mayor Nicole Hagner said she was "cautiously optimistic" PSE&G would grant the licensing agreements again, but under new conditions. Earlier this year PSE&G notified the borough and township they were rescinding all licensing agreements, including the one which …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Parking near Colony Pool was taken away when PSE&G revoked licensing agreements.
Chatham Borough was not the only town affected by PSE&G's decision to revoke all licensing agreements along their North Central Reliability Project. The gravel parking lot at School Avenue and Spring Street, commonly used for Colony Pool parking and overflow parking at Chatham High School, is no longer available to residents. According to Chatham Township Administrator Tom Ciccarone, PSE&G would only allow parking at the Colony Pool lot if the township paved the lot to the utility company's specifications, specifications which Ciccarone said were "cost-prohibitive." Instead, township Engineer John Ruschke put together a plan for on-street parking near Colony Pool. The plan was formalized into an ordinance which was introduced and approved …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The committee meets for a public hearing and final adoption of the 2013 budget Thursday.
The Chatham Township Committee is expected to approve a 2013 municipal budget with a lower tax levy from last year when they meet Thursday. The budget calls for a reduced local tax levy from 2012 levels 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. The amount to be raised by taxes in 2013 will be $8,574,639. The committee already approved the budget on first reading at their Feb. 28 meeting. In 2011 and 2012, the township kept local taxes flat, thanks in a large part to …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
School officials ask parents to drive up to the school or drop students off near Colony Pool.
Ralph Pesapane, the principal at Southern Boulevard School, knows there will be one major adjustment that will be difficult for students and parents to get used to this year. "The gazebo is closed to us," he said. "We can't use it anymore." PSE&G owns the property along Southern Boulevard and recently revoked a licensing agreement which permitted the Chatham Township gazebo as a structure on the lot. This also means motorists can no longer use the parking lot or the park. The dirt driveway and parking lot adjacent to the gazebo has traditionally been used as an alternative drop-off and pick-up location for people who wish to avoid the front of the school. "This is big for us," Pesapane said. "They are not allowed to go there and pick up …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Overflow lot at Colony Pool could offer less spaces for high school.
Superintendent Michael LaSusa told the Board of Education Monday he and Business Administrator Peter Daquila are working with Chatham Township officials to find a solution to a potential parking shortage for Chatham High School students. "PSE&G will be doing a whole bunch of construction along the power line grid, and that will cause the Colony Pool parking lot to be unavailable for probably the entire school year," LaSusa said. "We have to make some accommodations for our overspill that we use that lot for." According to Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner, PSE&G terminated a licensing agreement at Colony Pool which allowed the township to use the gravel parking lot. Township officials have let high school students park in the lot, since…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Utility company prepares to begin construction of North Central Reliability Project.
Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner said PSE&G "is terminating licensing agreements at Colony Pool and the gazebo on Southern Boulevard." The gazebo, Hagner said, will have to be moved from its current location, since Hagner said the utility company is "not willing" to have a structure in their right-of-way. "We're currently looking for a suitable location in the township," she said. The termination came two months before PSE&G is expected to begin construction on their North Central Reliability Project in Chatham. The company has already begun construction in some towns. Construction on the entire project is expected to last two to four years. Both areas also impact the School District of the Chathams, since the gazebo area is used as a …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The $390 million project will increase voltage and tower height along a 35-mile stretch of transmission lines from a switching station in West Orange through Essex, Morris, Union and Middlesex counties.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A second cell tower lease was sent to the Planning Board for review.
The Chatham Township Committee unanimously approved Thursday a contract for the construction and lease of a cell phone tower on municipal property. The tower will have a base of 40-feet x 40-feet, and will be about 120-feet tall, according to Township Mayor Nicole Hagner and Township Attorney Carl Woodward. The lease will bring in "a $38,550 base lease, plus $1,600 a month," Woodward said. "It will bring in well over $55,000." AT&T will rent the tower during the construction of PSE&G's North Central Reliability Project, which will take about two to four years to complete. T-Mobile will also receive service from the tower. The tower will ensure uninterrupted cell phone and 911 service to township residents. It will be constructed near the …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The utility company holds a public meeting Thursday in Livingston to share plans on transmission upgrades.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask experts specific questions about PSE&G's planned overhaul of transmission lines during a public meeting this Thursday, July 7, 4:30 p.m. at the Westminster Hotel on Route 10 in Livingston. In March, the energy company announced plans for the North Central Reliability Program, which would upgrade the capacity of their transmission lines from 138,000 voltage to a 230,000 volt system in 15 municipalities across 35 miles of northern and central New Jersey, including Chatham Borough and Chatham Township. The estimated $336 million project is expected to impact nearly one third of the state's population. In addition seven substations, including the Laurel Avenue Substation in Livingston, will…