BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ In the era of COVID19, the Bernards Township Committee is planning its second "virtual" meeting, which will be open to the public on television and online at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. To participate in the meeting, the public will be required to send questions via email, including their name and address, to municipalclerk@bernards.org.

As at the first remotely held meeting conducted in March, the municipal building will not be open, and the session will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing. The time also again is moved to begin in the afternoon, instead of the usual 8 p.m. start time.

The meeting agenda already is posted online.

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Options for viewing the meeting from home

The public will have several options for viewing the meeting live from home; on Optimum/Cablevision television channel 15; Verizon FiOS television channel 35; and live streaming via YouTube for those interested in watching on their computers.

The link will be available at 3 p.m. on Tuesday by clicking on the “Watch the Meeting Live” icon on the Bernards Township homepage.

Public comment from Bernards Township residents will be accepted only during the public comment period in the meeting, via email to municipalclerk@bernards.org, with a name and address included.

Support for proposed COVID19 mobile testing center at RVCC

One of the items on the agenda expresses support for a proposed mobile COVID19 testing center, which would jointly serve Somerset and Hunterdon counties,

According to the resolution regarding the issue on the agenda, Somerset County has identified Raritan Valley Community College as a suitable location for the mobile testing facility to serve residents of both counties. 

Somerset and Hunterdon counties have agreed to share the costs and responsibility for the staffing and operation of the facility, the proposed resolution says.

However, the state of New Jersey in conjunction with the U.S. possess the authority and ability to provide the necessary personal protective equipment and testing kits that must be obtained to establish and operate a mobile testing facility at that site, the resolution adds.

"The Township of Bernards requests that the state provide the needed resources," the resolution states.