BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Road improvement projects in Bridgewater Township are expected to continue this year, with the township council having recently approved several resolutions for contract services, along with measures for recycling and cleaning services.
The Bridgewater Township Council approved three resolutions July 20 regarding contracts for road improvements, including the approval of one to submit a grant application and execute a grant contract with the state’s Department of Transportation for the first section of the Stony Brook Drive improvement project. The grant request is for $400,000, and falls under the DOT’s 2021 Municipal Aid Program.
Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said he hopes the municipality will receive the grant, as it has procured similar grants from the DOT in the past.
The council also awarded a contract to Top Line Construction Corporation in Somerville for the BWT-6 improvement project. That project will encompass the entire lengths of Arrowbrook Drive, Brookdale Drive, South Knob, Tullo Road and Valley View Road. The total cost of $802,572 will be funded through the township’s 2018 and 2019 capital fund.
“We’re very excited about this one,” said Moench.
He added that Tullo Road has always been discussed by residents, and that repairs to the first half of that roadway have been funded in part as far back as 2018, but that no work has been done. The contract will now encompass the entirety of Tullo Road, plus a trio of cul-de-sacs off it, and that packaging them along with the main road repairs has reduced costs by about $50,000.
“Top Line is an excellent company,” said council president Howard Norgalis.
Councilman Timothy Ring asked about another bidder, ADG, which had retracted its bid for the Tullo Road project, the second time that company had apparently retracted a bid for a Bridgewater Township project in a six-week period, and he asked if there was any recourse for the township. Corsini replied that, by statute, it had not been a contract, but he also hoped that ADG would fix its problems going forward, or simply not bid on town projects in the future.
Council vice president Filipe Pedroso asked if there was a process for the township to not accept future bids from the company, and Corsini said that typically requires court adjudication. Pedroso said he is concerned that other firms could follow suit and “throw out numbers and walk away.”
The council also authorized execution of an agreement with the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Somerset County for 2020 curbside recycling in the amount of $408,501, a resolution that had been tabled in June due to apparent changes in the size of approved recycling containers issued by the county. According to the resolution, the 2020 agreement is essentially identical to last year’s agreement, and also reflects a cost increase of 48 cents per household.
“We need to work with the county on this,” said Norgalis. “It’s a good service for us.”
The municipal governing body also awarded a contract to Divine Professional Cleaning Services, in New York, in the amount of $62,208 for custodial services in Bridgewater’s municipal building, police building, public works center and senior center. The agreement will run from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2021. Pappas said that in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, additional sanitization protocols will be established “where most needed.”