Government

May 12, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ While the township is setting aside funds in a $4.9 million capital projects ordinance set for final consideration on Tuesday night, that doesn't mean that all of the budgeted money will actually be spent in a year where finances and revenues remain uncertain. [Update: The ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A proposal for a shared municipal court system with Bernards Township and other Somerset Hills towns is on Tuesday's "virtual" Bernards Township Committee meeting, which has again moved to an 8 p.m. start time. [Update: The meeting at which the ordinance was scheduled to come up ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township's municipal court operations are set to resume with "a slow roll in" via videoconfering this Thursday, May 7, Township Administrator Pat Monaco said last week. However, for this week, "There will not be too many cases," Monaco said at last week's ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Some Bernards Township board and commissions meetings that were canceled due to the COVID-19 lockdown will resume meetings this week, but on a virtual basis. However, instructions for viewing and/or submitting comments will vary slightly for each meeting. Recreation, Parks ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Unless the municipality can delay its scheduled tax payments to the Bernards school district and Somerset County, quarterly property tax bills will still be due on May 1, despite Gov. Murphy's executive order allowing towns the option of extending a grace period to June 1, the ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing and take a final vote on this year's proposed $41.9-million municipal budget and an introductory vote on a $4.9-million ordinance _ mostly for road, sidewalks and bridge construction _ at its third 'virtual' ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Mayor Jim Baldassare expressed hope that wider access to and simplified methods of rapid testing for COVID-19 infections in the state could lead to an eventual easing of shelter-in-place restrictions in the township. "Our testing access is getting easier, which enables a ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The reason for the Bernards Township Committee to continue meetings at 3 p.m. _ instead of the usual meeting time at 8 p.m. _ was questioned at last week's virtual meeting, but township officials said that the earlier time will continue until at least until a scheduled public ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Although the Bernards Township Committee and the Board of Education have continued meeting remotely, most other township boards and commissions have put their meetings on hold since much of the community _ including the municipal building on Collyer Lane _ went into COVID-19 ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards officials posted the news online and highlighted at its second virtual Township Committee meeting on Tuesday that a new COVID-19 drive-through testing site will open at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg on Thursday, April 16. Testing for ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township on Monday announced the launching of a Senior Help Line for older residents needing assistance with such tasks as groceries, meals, or obtaining other necessities during the current COVID-19 lockdown. The township will be working in coordination with ...

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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, ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Each May, the township's Charter Day celebration brings together friends and community groups that spill over onto the streets and fields throughout downtown Basking Ridge, in an event that draws thousands of people to eat, ride on rides, greet their neighbors, and ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Four candidates from both parties officially filed this week to be included on the June 2 primary election ballot to vote for who will represent both the Republicans and Democrats in the November election for two open seats on the Bernards Township Committee. According to the ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After closing all Bernards Township parks as a way of "discouraging people from congregating," Bernards Townshp Mayor James Baldassare added on Sunday that the townshp will be "actively enforcing" the prohibition, while monitoring the growing number of COVID-19 at the township, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. The jobs portal is available here:https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov. Employers in critical industries should submit information ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Venturing into what they described as "uncharted territory," the Bernards Township Committee conducted a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon, during which they affirmed NJ Gov.'s Murphy's executive order calling for residents to stay at home. Officials also ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township officials have announced Monday that Tuesday's scheduled Township Committee meeting will be conducted via Zoom Video Conferencing due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Governor’s Murphy’s order to limit public gatherings to minimize any person to person exposure.

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _  Bernards Township officials announced on Saturday that the Bernards Township health department, in conjunction with New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has confirmed its first case of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in Bernards Township. The Health Department is doing ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Next Tuesday's regularly scheduled Bernards Township Committee meeting as of now will remain an open public meeting, but the start time has been moved to 3 p.m. from the usual 8 p.m., township officials said on Thursday. The time change came about as a result of NJ ...

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Editor's Note: Bernards Township Mayor James Baldassare Jr. on Wednesday, March 18, posted the following plea to residents to more carefully comply with the township's guidelines for reducing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus. The letter was posted on the Bernards Township ...

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Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of a video of Bernards Mayor James Baldassare addressing concerns about the COVID-19 virus that was released on Tuesday, March 17, on the Bernards Township website. On Monday, Bernards Township announced that the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane and ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Bernards Township Health Department continues to work in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, and emergency medical service to respond to a new emerging ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The recipients of the 2020 Mayor's Arts Awards were honored with official resolutions at last week's Township Committee meeting, although the reception at which the honorees were to be presented with the awards is now canceled during to COVID-19 concerns. A Ridge HS junior, a ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township announced on Friday that non-essential meetings and upcoming recreation programs for all ages will be canceled in the coming weeks. The municipal clerk officially canceled a Golf Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, March 16, and the Agricultural Advisory ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Another public gathering spot in town, the Bernards Township Library, will be closed to the public on beginning Monday, March 16, according to the library's website. "We hope to reopen on Monday, March 30," according to the website announcement that the library building will be ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ [Updated] Still a work in progress, the township's Farmstead Arts public center is seeking further improvements and to make the public property safer and more usable for visitors with nearly $200,000 in funding already approved by Somerset County in October 2018. At its ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following through on the report of a task force set up this year to honor area veterans, the township is now seeking applications for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. Area residents are being asked to submit an application to honor a veteran who currently lives or has ...

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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 ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee gave approval this week for submission of a grant application for federal funding to hire two more township police officers. If the grant application to the U.S. Cops Hiring Program (CHP) is successful, the funds would be used to hire one ...

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