Story: Ben Wolverton
Photo/Video: Marisa Murphy
CHESTERFIELD, NJ -
The Township of Chesterfield ceremoniously unveiled a brand new municipal building on Wednesday.
Before the official ribbon cutting, which was done by Township Clerk Caryn Hoyer, Chief of Police Kyle Wilson, and former Mayor Michael Hlubik, current Mayor Jeremy Liedkta accepted on behalf of the town several historic artifacts from the Chesterfield Township Historical Society.
Nancy Mrzljak, President of the Historical Society, presented a document from 1690 which was an historic will which described a deed to a piece of land in the township. The second document, even older than the first, was from 1677, and was a land grant from the King of England to Francis Davenport, an original settler of Chesterfield Township. These documents will hang in the new building.
Mayor Jeremy Liedtka then recognized former Mayor Michael Hlubik, who Liedtka says was an integral part in the planning, and "Mike definitely deserves to be here to finish it with us."
According to the book "Chesterfield Township Heritage", published in 1964, Chesterfield Elementary School opened its doors in 1915. Crosswicks Elementary School opened in what is now the Crosswicks Fire House in 1910. Then in 1965, the schools combined and moved to the site of the new municipal building.
In 1966, the school board sold the land of the previous municipal building for a dollar. This was the first and only municipal building for the township. Liedtka says before that building, town business was done in private residences.
Behind Mayor Liedtka were the other members of the Chesterfield Township Committee: Deputy Mayor Richard LoCascio, Sam Davis, Andrea Katz, and Rita Romeu. Also present were many members of the police force, Susan Gilmer-Layton, who planned the ribbon cutting, and the township employees, who moved in to the new building at the end of last month.
WBNC News was at the ground breaking ceremony last year, when construction began on the municipal complex. (video below)
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