BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township residents are invited to attend one of two input sessions later this month to assist the recently appointed Vision 2020/Planning for the Future Task Force in coming up with a survey to get a sense of how township residents envision the future of their town.

The Bernards Township Vision 2020 Task Force, appointed by Mayor Carol Bianchi earlier this year, will be soliciting public input to help achieve their mission of creating a vision plan that reflects the goals and priorities of the township, according to a release issued this week by the township. "Through a series of public input and brainstorming sessions, the committee is interested in capturing residents’ community-related concerns and objectives, looking ahead toward 2020, and beyond," the release said.

"We have encouraged the residents to come out and lend their voices to the effort," Bianchi added at Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting.

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The two meetings, open to the public, will present a an opportunity for residents to provide public input and generate conversation, according to the release. The two meetings are scheduled for: 

•    Thursday, March 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Warren Craft Meeting Room, municipal complex, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge

•   Wednesday, March 27, 7 to 8 p.m., same location

Survey participation to be planned for this Charter Day

Information collected by Vision 2020 task force members will be used to develop a township-wide survey, with a goal of seeking a high level of resident participation at this May's Charter Day celebration.

The survey will be made available online, on the bernards.org website, as well as at select senior living residences, beginning in mid-May. Survey results later will will be compiled, analyzed and presented to the Township Committee before December of this year, the release said.

The Vision 2020 Task Force has been meeting regularly since early February, and is composed of appointed township residents Jennifer Aaron and Monique Loh (Co-Chairs), Faris Jebara, Madhavi Puppala and Suzanne Tufariello. Township Committee members Joan Harris and Bianchi  also participate in the group’s meetings, as do Director of Technology Chris Kyriacou, Township Administrator Pat Monaco and Deputy Municipal Clerk Rhonda Pisano.

Residents are strongly encouraged to attend scheduled brainstorming sessions in an effort to share their thoughts and priorities for Bernards Township. Public input is also welcomed via email, to be sent to vision2020@bernards.org.