BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Pat Brentano is scheduled to be honored for the donation of a painting of Bernards Township's historic oak tree to the township, and Police Sgt. Jon Burger is on the agenda to be commended for valor during the Bernards Township Committee meeting scheduled for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
[Update] The meeting is the second to last last scheduled public session of the Township Committee for 2016. The next scheduled meeting is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and the governing body's reorganization for 2017 is set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 3.
The Dec. 13 agenda is posted on the Bernards Township website.
The evening's first resolution notes the 600-year-old oak tree in the center of Basking Ridge, located on the grounds of the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, has been the symbol of Bernards Township.
Brentano, an environmentalist and award winning artist, whose artistic focus celebrates nature, has created a painting of the historic oak tree that will be accepted by the township and the citizens of Bernards Township.
"Pat’s artistic works have been displayed in countless solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and has been commissioned by over a half a dozen enthusiasts," the resolution states.
That Township Committee's reorganization meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The township mayor for 2016 was Carol Bianchi, who also will be sworn into a new three-year term on Jan. 3. The current year's deputy mayor is Carolyn Gaziano - and the all-Republican Township Committee traditionally appoints the deputy mayor to the position of mayor the following year.
Gaziano, first elected to the Township Committee in 2010, had already served a year-long term as mayor in 2013.
A detailed agenda for the reorganization meeting will be posted to www.bernards.org 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said that the last scheduled Township Committee meeting for 2016 was on Dec. 13.