BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Agenda for September 24, 2019 Berkeley Heights Township Council meeting has been posted.
Included in the agenda is a bond ordinance amendment to provide funding for road improvements for Rutgers and Hamilton avenues, as well as other roads. The amendment to Bond Ordinance #7-2019, previously adopted on July 23, 2019, will not increase the total amount of the bond, $3,788,425, or the total amount authorized for the issuance of bonds, $2,530,254.
The amendment will change the dollar amount allocated within the bond for some of the approved projects as listed in Section 3 of the ordinance, such as:
- Section 3(m): The total amount appropriated for “Sidewalk, curb, path and crosswalk improvements, from portions of Plainfield Avenue from Park Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and Plainfield Avenue and trail from Park Avenue to Mountain Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and Columbia Avenue, including all work and materials necessary.
- Reduced by $358,525
- Section 3(n): Road improvements, including, but not limited to: Rutgers Avenue, Hamilton Avenue and Princeton Avenue, including all work and materials necessary.
- Increase by $358,525
- Section 6(d): Will reallocate money to increase the amount of the total ordinance dedicated for soft costs by $189,685.
Bond Ordinance #7-2019, adopted by the Township Council on July 23, originally funded the following projects:
- Various road improvements – including road micro-surfacing and sign acquisition and installation
- Riverbend/Dell Lance drainage improvements
- Road improvements to Sawmill Drive and Cornell Avenue, to complete work partially funded by a 2017 NJ Department of Transportation grant
- Road improvements to Briarwood Drive East/West, Fay Place, and Ridgewood Place
- Drainage improvements on Cedar Green Lane, Pine Grove Road, Scott Ave. and some surrounding roads
- Sidewalk, curb, path and crosswalk improvements on portions of Plainfield Avenue from Park Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and Columbia Avenue (Safe Routes to Transit grant)
- A Gas Boy system at the Department of Public Works (DPW)
- HVAC replacement system at the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad
- Needed building renovations at the BHVRS
- Cameras for the DPW
- Turnout gear and air packs for the Fire Department
- A ladder truck to replace our current aging Fire Department vehicle
- Police and DPW vehicles
The additional funding provided by this bond ordinance amendment will provide the township with necessary funds for road improvements in 2019 that will include, but are not limited to, Rutgers Avenue, Hamilton Avenue, and possibly Princeton Avenue – depending on the cost estimates given to the Township from potential vendors.
“We are thrilled to announce we are able to start a Rutgers-area paving project this year,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “Since we can use some money left over from some projects, and money set aside for other projects we no longer need to fund in full, we were able to shift around our resources and make this very important road project happen.”
If the Township receives acceptable bids, the Council will consider taking affirmative action at its October 15 meeting.
Official action will also be taken, including: Shared Service Agreement with the Berkeley Heights Board of Education; creation of an advisory board "Senior Citizens Advisory Board"; and referring the proposed redevelopment plan for the former Mondelli property to the Berkeley Heights Planning Board.
Also posted is an amended and restated Redevelopment Plan for the Hamilton Avenue School Block 1301, Lot 19 110 Roosevelt Avenue.