Monday, April 1, 2013
Jim Collander and Vicki Fife file to retain their seats.
Two Republican incumbents—and no one else—filed to run for the two seats opening on the Chatham Borough Council by the filing deadline Monday. Councilmen Vicki Fife and Jim Collander both submitted petitions to the borough clerk to retain their council seats. Collander has been on the council since 2004. His focus on the council in recent years has been on traffic, pedestrian, sidewalk and parking safety in town, working with the Traffic Safety Officer and various councils to improve these conditions. Fife is currently in her first term on the council. Since she was sworn into office in January 2011 she has served on the Communications Committee and Mayors Wellness Committee and as council liaison to Project Community Pride, the Planning …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Changes could also come to other industrial districts in Chatham Borough.
Residents, business tenants and land owners could soon see changes to the area along River Road in Chatham Borough. "We have riverfront property down there, which is extremely valuable," Councilman James Collander said in the Nov. 26 Chatham Borough Council meeting. "We're not getting our full use out of that. The area between River Road and the Passaic River from Watchung Avenue to Stanley Park is one of the borough's "M" districts, that is, parts of town zoned for industrial businesses. Other M districts include the north side of Watchung Avenue east of the rail overpass, including Commerce Street, and the lots along North Passaic Avenue north of Rutgers Street. Many of these areas have various businesses and residences which were …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Borough's mayor used as political ploy by Democrats, former state senator says.
Bruce Harris was back on the dais Monday night as Chatham Borough's mayor for the borough's council meeting after losing his bid for a State Supreme Court seat. Harris became the second of Gov. Chris Christie's Supreme Court nominees to be rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May. The committee's vote, while not quite along party lines, was 7-6. When former State Sen. Leanna Brown learned of the results of Harris' confirmation hearing, she said she was "devastated." "It turned into a battle of wills between [Senate Majority Leader Robert] Sweeney and Gov. Christie," Brown, a Chatham resident, said. "Sweeney wanted to prove he could keep his troops together, and the court suffers." Before the hearing began, Brown told Chatham Patch…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Vicki Fife and other council members were invited to participate in Sage Eldercare's meal delivery program.
Chatham Borough Councilman Vicki Fife and her husband Peter took some time recently to volunteer with Sage Eldercare in Summit delivering Meals on Wheels. Marianne Kranz, Sage's director of Meals on Wheels Volunteers and Home Support Services, assigned the Fifes to the borough of New Providence, which has nine participants in the program. The day included a tour of Sage's facilities on Broad Street in Summit, which include nurse's facilities, group activities and a furniture refurbishment warehouse, which helps to support Sage's programs.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Amount could go higher, depending on the final expense of the Days Creek sinkhole repair.
Chatham Borough Council members had numerous commendations for the employees and volunteers who worked throughout Hurricane Irene at Monday night's meeting. Administrator Robert Falzarano said estimates for overtime salaries, fuel, equipment, tree removal and road repair currently add up to $117,497. Approximately $35,000 of that amount is for the repair to the sinkhole over Days Creek off of Van Doren Avenue, which exposed a 14-inch water supply pipe and threatened the borough's water supply. This number, Falzarano said, is still "tentative" and could increase. "Our engineer, Vince DeNave, still has to firm up the cost for the repair to the culvert at [the bridge] and the water main shoring up," Falzarano said. "There was an extensive …