BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following months of discussion on how to best approach the problem, a resolution is on the Bernards Township Committee agenda for Tuesday night for the approval of a design to slow down traffic and prevent vehicles from running stop signs at the intersection of Mine Brook Road and Canterbury Way, leading to the Somerville Road extension.
The resolution on Tuesday's agenda does not specify the actions yet to be taken. However, earlier this year, township officials said stop signs already had been placed in crosswalks at the accident-prone intersection. Flashing red beacon lights were also due to be installed on stop signs already located on Canterbury, which now is the stop street that crosses the through streets of Minebrook and Somerville Road extension, officials said at a Township Committee meeting earlier this year.
Call for four-way stop at intersection
Some residents in the area had repeatedly urged the township to install a four-way stop at the intersection. However, residents were not enthusiastic about township's earlier proposal to build small traffic islands that might be either curbed and grass covered to deter speeding. Other ideas were to place designs on the pavement to encourage drivers to slow down.
Also on Tuesday's agenda, two new police officers are scheduled to be sworn in at the Tuesday's meeting, and a third patrol officer is also scheduled to be hired that night. That would fill in the three vacancies either existing or pending on the township police force.
The two officers on the agenda to officially join the force at the June 11 meeting are Nicholas Dante, currently an officer with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and Dustin Lopez, a recent graduate of the Camden County Police Academy, Police Chief Michael Shimsky said earlier this week.
A third patrol officer also was chosen, Shimsky said earlier this week. Although he is not due to be sworn in on Tuesday, Alec McCrea is on the agenda to be hired that night. McCrea is a recent graduate of the Morris County Police Academy, Shimsky said in an email.
The Tuesday agenda also includes a public hearing and second and final reading of an ordinance that would eliminate the assistant police chief's position, and return the departmental structure to four lieutenants, instead of three.
The most recent vacancy on the force was created when it was announced that Deputy Police Chief Michael Voorhees is due to retire effective July 1 following 26 years as a township police officer.