BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution to contract with RJS Associates Inc., of Bridgewater, for snow removal in 2016.

The contract is for $50,000, an hourly rate of $155. RJS was the only company to submit a bid.

Township administrator James Naples said this will be the third year they have used RJS for snow removal services.

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Councilman Allen Kurdyla said he would like to know that they have the option to replace this company if the performance is subpar.

“Last year, their performance in my neighborhood was terrible,” he said. “We had to have the public works supervisor checking to see what was going on.”

“In this business, more things can go wrong than can go right, and I’m hoping that with the award of this and the increase in cost they are looking for, their performance will be better,” he added.

Council president Howard Norgalis suggested they inform the company of the concerns about the service when awarding the bid.

Naples said they always have the right to remove the contract for cause. One of the added levels of supervision for the company this year, he said, will be to place GPS devices in their vehicles so the township knows where they are working.

Kurdyla said this kind of work is tricky because large contractors don’t want to bid with a township, they would rather have contracts with commercial properties where there is more work than just plowing through the streets. And small contractors, he said, aren’t big enough to handle an entire town.

The council unanimously approved the contract with RJS.