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Snow Storms have Cost Chatham Borough $23,000 to Date

By Ed Barmakian

Monday, February 10, 2014 • 11:45pm

CHATHAM, NJ - Overtime for snow removal and salt have cost Chatham Borough a little more than $23,000.

"To give you an idea or the costs that we've spent so far, the overtime costs (in January) for the DPW (Department of Public Works) were $8,290 and the salt costs for that storm were $3,924, that's a total of $12,215 for that storm," Robert Falzarano, borough administrator said. "The Feb. 3rd and 4th storm, cost $10,445."

Falzarano reported at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday that  Chatham has not had any problem with its salt supply and that the total cost for the two big storms of about $23,000, did not bust the budget established for snow removal.

"We're still in good shape as far as not having to budget additional dollars," Falzarano said. "Unless we have an inordinate amount of storms before the winter concludes, we should be okay."

An ordinance to increase the water rates by about three percent was adopted by the council. The ordinance was introduced on Jan. 27.

The old rate wsa $4.16 per 100 cubic feet. The ordinance raises it to $4.28 on April 1, 2014 and then to $4.41 for April 1, 2015.

The addition of Morris Township to the joint municipal court has saved Chatham, which is one of the five members of the court located in Madison, $16,787, according to council member John Holman.

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