BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee is waiting to hear a report this Tuesday from a Veteran's Appreciation Task Force set up last month with the initial assignment of researching where to order banners that recognize area veterans.

The banners would be put up on appropriate holidays, such as Memorial Day and July 4, Mayor James Baldassare said after the task force's creation was approved in late January. Task force representative Jennifer Donohoe is on the Tuesday agenda to present the report.

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting is posted on the Bernards Township website.

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Baldassare said in January it is possible that the task force will address other veterans-related projects later in the year.

The Township Committee is also due to approve a resolution recognizing Ridge Youth Sports, Inc.’s (RYSI) Senior Rec Cheerleader’s first place win at the National Championship in the “Game Day” Cheer Division, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 7.

The team, comprised of girls in grades 6-8, returned to Basking Ridge as national champions.

The cheerleaders competed at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship Feb. 7-9 in Orlando, Fla., taking first place in the Senior Rec Game Day division.

The team also competed in two other divisions, placing fourth in the nation for Traditional Senior Rec and third in the world competing against teams from both the U.S. and other nations.

The Township Committee is also due to recognize the "outstanding personal effort" of Ryan Arrazcaeta, a 10th grade student at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, for completing the requirements for all 137 merit badges within the Boy Scouts of America organization.

"This accomplishment led him to over 210 camping nights, 325 hiking and backpacking miles, 140 conservation service hours, 300 hours on the water, and 100 miles of riding," the resolution states. Arrazcaeta, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 65 in Cedar Grove, has been an active scout, demonstrating outstanding leadership within the Troop, and has contributed many service hours to his community," the resolution says. 

Ordinance setting aside $1 million for capital projects up for consideration

The agenda also includes the proposed introduction of an ordinance to earmark $1,070,000.00 in township funds for capital projects anticipated to have a "period of usefullness" of at least five years. Any grant money received toward the projects would be applied to paying the total amount, according to the proposed ordinance. 

The bulk of the amount, $1 million, would be set aside for engineering projects to include road resurfacing, drainage repairs and improvements, pedestrian safety, and sidewalk/bikeway repairs and improvements.