BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Township Committee is expecting to hold a public hearing and take a final vote at its March 10 meeting to earmark $1,070,000 in township funds for capital projects such as road and sidewalk improvements.

All the projects, which would be funded by money from within the budget rather than borrowing, are anticipated to have a "period of usefulness" 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, which is posted online.

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

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The ordinance was introduced by a vote of the Township Committee on Feb. 25.

Afterward, Township Administrator Pat Monaco said that the introduction of the proposed 2020 municipal budget is anticipated for the second meeting in March, which is scheduled for March 24.

Township Committee meetings are generally held at 8 p.m. on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the