BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ-- Make sure you catch up on Township news in the monthly “Berkeley Heights July 2019 Newsletter” that was emailed earlier today to subscribed residents and available on the Township website.  Created by the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee, the mission of the newsletter is to provide residents with a quick and easy summary of what’s happening in town. 

This month’s Township highlights include: 

  • Recycling Task Force - Update: The Mayor's Task Force on Recycling has been working hard to identify possible ways the Township can reduce recycling costs. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the task force proposed a question to be put on the ballot in November via a non-binding referendum, to gauge resident interest in using large bins to help potentially reduce costs. The resolution authorizing the question was ultimately tabled, so it will not be on the ballot this year.  The entire presentation is available on the Township website.

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  • "Length of Service Award Program” (LOSAP) Considered for BH Volunteer Rescue Squad: At the July 23 Town Council meeting, Council members voted unanimously to put a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) on the ballot in November 2019. It will be up to the voters, via referendum, to decide whether to fund this program, which has been implemented throughout New Jersey, as a way to help attract new members and retain emergency service volunteers.  Nationally, numbers are down at all types of service organizations and clubs, in part because of changing demographics. Details about the program can be found in the BHVRS’ June presentation to Town Council which was covered by TAPinto Berkeley Heights and the full presentation to the Town Council can be viewed on the June 23 Town Council Meeting Livestream.

  • Mountain Ave Closure: Re-construction of the Mountain Ave. bridge, where Mountain intersects Sherbrook Drive, began on June 21. This work, done by Union County, requires that the stretch of Mountain Ave from Plainfield to Hillcrest be CLOSED to all thru traffic for a period of approximately 60 days of the 4-month long project to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike.

  • Watchung Reservation Closure: W.R. Tracy Drive from Glenside Ave to the Loop in the Watchung Reservation is closed to through traffic due to construction by the County of Union. Work will consist of replacing the bridge that spans Lake Surprise. Full road closure 24/7 is necessary in the area of work to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike.

  • Plainfield Ave Closure: Plainfield Ave from Springfield Ave to Valley Rd is under construction overnight only (7pm to 6am) as of July 22. It is anticipated that the work will take approximately eight nights to complete, weather permitting. The work being performed will consist of various road improvements, such as milling, paving, and striping of the road. Full road closure will be necessary in the area of work to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike. 

In addition, the newsletter highlights the efforts of some of the Township Boards, Committees and Commissions including:

  • Grants Committee: The Committee held its first meeting on July 15th and elected Meera Rao as the Chair and Tom McClean as the recording secretary. The first task is working on Union County grants for the Littel Lord House. One grant, due July 26th, is a small one from Union County and will be used, if received, to move all the artifacts, furniture and documents out of the house to prepare for renovations. The other, a structural grant that will help to fix the floors and windows of the Littel Lord House, is due in August.

  • Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission: It’s clear: The primary cause of flooding problems is too many impervious surfaces that drain directly onto adjoining properties and into our storm sewers and waterways. We need to intercept stormwater runoff by capturing it at the source and letting it infiltrate into the ground. The Environmental Commission is promoting the use of “green infrastructure,” a cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to stormwater management, encompassing rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, and permeable pavements. You can find more information on green infrastructure on the Environmental Commission page of the Township website.

Don’t miss out on these upcoming community events such as:

  • Summer Concerts in the Park - Wednesday nights in July & August: The Summer Concerts in the Park Series kicks off in Veterans Memorial Park. The Series is hosted by the BH Special Events Committee and will feature different bands at each event. Don't miss these free, family-friendly nights out in town, sure to be a favorite memory. Grab a few chairs, friends, a picnic and come on out! Upcoming dates are July 31, August 7 and August 14.  Read all the details in TAPinto Berkeley Heights

  • "Scoops with the Squad" - Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 - 8pm: Join the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad at Rita's to meet and learn about the Rescue Squad. What a fun way to learn and cool off on a hot summer night. Come meet our members, learn more about us and what it takes to join the Squad.  Bring the family!

  • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal: Union County will host a household hazardous waste event on Saturday, August 3 from 9am to 2pm at Union County VoTech School (1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains). Items for drop off include old pesticides & herbicides,  pool chemicals, gasoline, oil-based pains and deck stain. Car tires will be accepted. Latex pain (wall pain) is NOT ACCEPTED. Please dry out the cans and discard with regular garbage.  

Residents can sign up here to receive the email newsletter or pick up a paper copy at Town Hall, the Library or at Senior meetings.  Please send any comments or suggestions to BHCommunications@bhtwp.com

The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website at http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/191/Communications-Committee, or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.

 

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