BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township Committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting for the month on Tuesday, April 11, and a number of requests are on the agenda, including a letter asking for permission to serve alcohol at a future "lounge" planned at Fellowship Village Senior Living.
The agenda is already posted online for the scheduled meeting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Town Hall, 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.
The agenda also links to a letter dated Jan. 20 and signed by Brian Lawrence, president and CEO of Fellowship Village Senior Living asking for permission to allow the senior living center to set up a "formal club" which would then seek a resolution from the Township Committee to allow alcohol to be served on the premises.
Lawrence's letter said that the senior living industry, as well as other continuing care retirement communities in the area, have found that residents moving into these communities want the convenience of having alcohol served to themselves or guests in a social setting on site.
The request came as Fellowship Village is planning to undertake an expansion at the facility's health and community center that was approved last August by the Bernards Township Planning Board, despite opposition from some residents. The other part of the plan is the construction of a new multi-purpose community center where Trilogy Theater Company will be based in residence on the 72-acre property off Allen Road.
"We already have an ideal space planned in our renovation project for a lounge in our Community Center for our residents to gather, socialize, and share a drink with their family or friends in addition to our existing dining venues," Lawrence's letter pointed out.
Also on Tuesday's agenda, the Township Committee's is being asked to approve a special event permit from Somerset Hills Lacrosse to hold the 12th annual BTO Lacrosse Classic Tournament to benefit the Bryan’s Dream Foundation on May 5 (with a raindate of May 12) at Mountain Park in Basking Ridge.
The event was started to help support Bryan’s Dream Foundation by the SHLC teammates of Bryan T. Opremcak, a Bernards Township 7th grader who passed away from a brain tumor.
The agenda also includes a request from the Ridge Baseball Club regarding the Valley Road baseball complex and lights at the property off Valley Road.
Among the other items on the agenda, awaiting action by the Township Committee, are the proposed award of a bid for $181,950 for the 2017 Lyons Train Station Rehabilitation Project to Northeast Roof Maintenance of Perth Amboy.
Bernards Township already has received about $200,000 in grant money to rehabilitate the historic station, located off Lyons Road.