BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Discussion on whether to set up a diversity committee in Bernards Township is on the agenda for this Tuesday's Bernards Township Committee meeting, following previous impassioned public discussion about what some residents said they believe is the need for such a committee.

Officials also debated when the topic was raised whether the best approach for the issue of diversity and inclusion recognizing all township residents would be best addressed through a committee or a forum. However, when the topic was raised again later in the summer, a majority of Township Committee members informally said they would support a committee. 

Tuesday's meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. 

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In July, Township Committeeman John Carpenter said he would be working with Township Committeewoman Joan Harris to further shape a version of the resolution that had been presented previously.

An updated version can be reached on a link from the agenda. The proposed resolution is scheduled to be discussed as part of the township committee's work session.

Also on the workshop agenda, the Township Committee is scheduled to revisit a proposal to establish a   utility advisory task force. 

The proposed resolution states that it will advocate on behalf of residents regarding communications with and services provided by, but not limited to, those utilities providing electric, internet service, and water.

The resolution notes that such services are especially important to the health, well-being and livelihood of local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The  municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane Basking Ridge will be open for the meeting, and will adhere to the state's social distancing guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of this room capacity or no more than 51 individuals, according to th township. All attendees must wear face coverings and remain six feet apart. The meeting also will be livestreamed and can be found by clicking on the “Watch a Meeting Live” icon on the homepage, and can also be viewed live on Optimum/Cablevision channel 15 and Verizon FiOS television, channel 35.