BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hoffman Road will be getting some much-needed improvements in the near future, as approved recently by the Bridgewater Township Council, along with several other measures.
The municipal governing body approved a resolution to award a contract to DeSantis Construction, Inc., out of Somerset, for the Hoffman Road improvement project, for $321,627. The project is for the entire length of the road, about 1,100 feet in all, and will be funded through the township’s 2019 Capital Fund.
According to the resolution, the improvements are expected to include at least milling and pavement overlay, spot full depth pavement reconstruction and associated drainage improvements. It will also include the restoration of all disturbed areas of the road to their original condition.
“A lot of bids came in,” said council president Howard Norgalis. “They were all clustered at the lower end. It’s a great project, and our residents (will) appreciate it.”
Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench added that the Hoffman Road project had come in $6,200 under bid, and he hopes that trend will continue with other projects.
“I’m happy to have the road get done,” he said, “and (to have it) come in lower.”
The council also approved temporary appropriations of $1,466,432 from its current fund, and a further $1,804,812 in such appropriations from its sewer utility fund. Moench said the appropriations are necessary “while the budget was still pending.”
The appropriations will allow the township to pay its bills with the 2020 municipal budget still on hold. The numbers are based on last year’s budget, and bills will go out to residents based on these appropriations, and will be adjusted accordingly come autumn.
The council also approved participation with the state in a Safe and Secure Communities grant program, up to a total amount of $60,000. The program is being administered by the Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Public Safety.
Norgalis said it is a grant the township has gotten for many years, and will be applied to police officer salaries.
The council also awarded a contract to Community Grants, Planning and Housing, LLC, out of Cranbury, to serve as the township’s affordable housing administrative agent. The firm will also provide housing rehabilitation program services for one year, a at maximum cost of $105,980.
Councilman Timothy Ring said the resolution will have no impact on the township budget.