BERNARDS TWP., NJ_ The recipients of 2019's Mayors Arts Awards, due to be publicly presented this Saturday morning, are listed on Tuesday's agenda to receive commendations at the upcoming Township Committee meeting.

This year's awardees, who were chosen from individuals and groups nominated by the public, include:  Linda Arnold, a Liberty Corner-based artist; the Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate, a group of citizens that offer support for the historic site in Basking Ridge; and Melissa Johnson, a Ridge High School Senior, nominated and selected for "her personal dedication to the arts and volunteerism in her community."

The awards are scheduled to be presented between at a reception set for 10 to 11 a.m. at the exhibit hall for the Environmental Education Center (EEC), operated by Somerset County at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

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That day also is the occasion of the opening of the annual Bernards Township Community Art Show in the exhibit hall at the EEC. 

Arnold, a longtime artist involved in many local arts presentations, has had her work displayed at previous Community Art Shows hosted by Bernards Township at the EEC.

The commendation to be presented by the Township Committee to Melissa Johnson says, "Melissa’s love of music has led her to participation in several local theater productions and choir groups, including Plays in the Park, Trilogy Repertory’s Children Participation Theater, and the Ridge High School A Capella Choir," as well as volunteering to work with children locally."

March 12 meeting agenda posted online

The agenda for the Tuesday, March 12 Township Committee meeting is posted online on the township website. The public portion of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. in the main meeting room at town hall, 1 Collyer Lane, in Basking Ridge.

The agenda includes the long-awaited award of a contract to finally begin construction to replace the Lafayette Lane pedestrian bridge at the end of the dead-end street.

The proposal on Tuesday's agenda is to award a contract to replace the pedestrian bridge over the Harrison Brook to Colonnelli Brothers, Inc., 409 South River St. in Hackensack, for the amount of $216,880.

The Lafayette Lane bridge had been held up an easement agreement could be reached with a local property owner for construction equipment to cross his property during another reconstruction projection on the bridge at the end of Lafayette Lane. Officials said about a month ago that an agreement had been reached, allowing the township to move forward with seeking bids for the project.

Other appointments and commendations for years of service to the township are also listed on the agenda.

Municipal budget introduction scheduled for later in March

Although an overview of the proposed 2019 $41.47-million municipal budget was publicly presented in late February, the budget introduction itself is scheduled for March 26. A date of April 23 has been set for the official public hearing and final Township Committee vote on whether to adopt this year's municipal spending plan.

Township officials have posted an online preview of the proposed budget.