BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Time is running out on a developer's offer to construct a 1,034-foot pedestrian and bike path along Mountain Road that was first made in 2014.

The construction of an off-road, six-foot wide asphalt pathway was part of a subdivision approval   granted at that by the Planning Board to create three buildable lots on the 37-acre Maolucci farm off Mountain Road.

The offer, however, expires on Sept. 5, 2019, exactly five years after the final subdivision plan was recorded on Sept. 5, 2014, according to documentation attached to the Bernards Township Committee agenda for this Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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The documents are part of July 24 correspondence from Township Planner David Schley which reminds the Township Committee, "Since no paths/sidewalks had previously been constructed along Mountain Road, the Planning Board deferred to the Township Committee as to the final decision on whether this 1,034-foot long section of path should be constructed."

'One-time' opportunity for path to be constructed at no cost to taxpayers

The agenda also includes an attached memo from Township Engineer Tom Timko noting that the proposed pathway along Mountain Road, if constructed, would link to the existing path on Somerville Road at the intersection of Stone Ridge Lane. 

The 1,000-foot pathway could help link multiple open space parcels and other pathways, Timko's memo noted. "Linking Mountain Park to open space on Somerville Road would create a route to the Sons of Liberty Park all the way to Dunham Park as well as paths on Allen Road to the west," Timko said in the memo.

"This is a one-time opportunity to have a 1,034-foot portion of a path on Mountain Road constructed at no cost to taxpayers," the memo said. Timko suggested that other open space and path areas could be constructed "in sections as budget and grant opportunities provide over a longer period of time."

Since the subdivision on Mountain Road was approved in 2014, Schley noted that, "One lot at 224 Mountain Road has been developed with a new dwelling, one lot at the end of Kings Ridge Road remains undeveloped, and the pre-existing farm/residence remains on 30 acres at 240 Mountain Road."

Agenda also includes report from communications task force

Tuesday's Township Committee agenda also includes an presentation from the communications task force appointed at the beginning of 2019 by Mayor Carol Bianchi. The agenda includes an acknowledgement of the report.

The report, which already is posted online, includes the results of a survey conducted among township residents, and also suggestions for a new township website.