Additional Sidewalks in Township to be Considered

Sidewalks a key feature in increasing student safety, according to Safe Routes to School Committee.

After is sworn in as the new committee member for and other regular business has been dealt with, Committee Member Kathy Abbott will discuss the costs and potential effects in adding sidewalks near schools.

Along with the which is made up of about 15 parents from the Chathams, Abbott has helped prepare most of the requirements for a grant through Safe Routes to School.

"The township has to pay for the 'soft costs' of the grant preparation, such as engineering, in order to win federal Safe Routes to School funds," Abbott said. The funds could go toward enhancements to pedestrian safety, "such as sidewalks and pedestrian-activated flashers," Abbott said.

The committee and , a non-profit organization which promotes transportation alternatives to driving, have spent this academic year conducting surveys, collecting data and studying the reasons why students do not walk or bike to school.

During in April, the organizations offered maps with recommended walking and biking paths to each of the six schools in the . Schools offered and for students who walked to school.

"In Chatham Township, there is a particular need for this Safe Routes to School grant, since we have three schools, holding 2,269 children, within a one-mile radius and with very few sidewalks," Abbott said.

Streets which will be addressed specifically during the meeting are:

  • Lafayette Avenue
  • Longwood Avenue
  • Spring Street
  • Dellwood Avenue
  • Dale Drive
  • School Avenue
  • Hampton Road
  • Shunpike Road


For Abbott, "the benefits—monetary as well as health, safety, traffic reduction and sense of community—far outweigh the cost of paying the engineer to help with the grant." The township, she said, could become a model for other towns.

The meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Chatham Township Municipal Building. The complete agenda can be found in the Photos & Documents section of this article.

Cathy P June 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM
DId anyone see who really benefitted from the farm ordinance??? Why, Bailey Brower and our Mayor! Both Noe Pond and the Mayor's home on River Road have been classified as "Farm" .....Lower taxes for them!
Dave 2 June 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Still not sure why you insist I am Dan Miller, but it seems to be your go to hack response...just like your hack onesided misinformed website. If it were Right to Farm, wouldn't it be called Right to Farm? How many more ways can you twist the story In the hopes that someone that is not familiar with the story will take your side?
toastie June 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Cathy P - please try to back your copycat statement with anything factual. Please! Where did you "see" that? Stacey- thank you for being rational. Dave 2 - why bother? Richard - not worthy of comment BUT - you don't get your way - instead of taking your ball and going home you rant and rave and sue. You will lose in November (if you dont stroke out by then) and likely sue again for not getting your way.
Dave 2 June 16, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Toastie - Very well said! I am not sure why I bother, I have nothing to gain or to lose in all of this. I guess it's because I have been following this story from the start. I do not like the way Templin lies and cries. I do not like the lies and accusations against the Township Committee members. I see him as a cry baby coward that is trying to mislead the people (even though I don't think many people really even read these comments). He didn't even attent a majority of the Township meetings when this fight was going on. Instead he prepared written statements which he had his friend lawyer and neighbors read on his behalf. Not to mention he really only spends the weekends (if that) in Chatham. I agree he has no chance in winning anything in November.
Laura Silvius June 16, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Hi Everyone, We seem to have gotten a bit off-topic here. The article is about sidewalks in town, not elections. We will therefore we will be closing comments to this article. Sincerely, Laura Silvius


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