BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Questions arose at the most recent meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council regarding potential repairs and upgrades to the town’s public library, along with the municipal building.
Councilman Allen Kurdyla said at the council’s June 6 meeting that there had been high heat issues at the Bridgewater branch of the Somerset County Library, in regards to its heating-ventilation-air conditioning system. The issues were believed to have been significant enough to have already warranted closing the building early at times.
Kurdyla said that Chris Korenowsky, director of public services for the library, approached him about possibly securing a grant for HVAC repairs.
“It would be a matching grant,” said Kurdyla.
He added that the information is being prepared for review, and that he will work to put it on a future council agenda.
Regarding Bridgewater’s municipal building, on Commons Way, which is home to the council chambers, municipal court and police, Kurdyla said the structure had an emergency generator installed when it was completed. He said he would like to increase that generator’s capacity to where it could power the entire building, and not just half of it.
Kurdyla recalled during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that extension cords had to be run to the unpowered part of the building, and he said he hopes to avoid that in the future. He said he also wanted to earmark the structure’s meeting rooms to serve as shelter for Bridgewater residents “in times of stress, so to speak.”
He then said he would like to formally request that the council look at the matter for the near future.
The council also introduced three ordinances that evening, all of which will have their public hearings held July 1. The first was a bond ordinance that appropriates $336,042 for public works equipment, including two mason dump trucks with a tool box, a plow and spreader, a dump body for a dump truck, a lawn mower, a tractor with snow accessories, roof replacement at the Kid Street bathroom building and roof replacement at the town senior center.
Councilman Filipe Pedroso said that debt has been on the council’s mind the last few years. He said he had gone over this year’s municipal budget with council president Matthew Moench, and would vote to introduce the ordinance.
It was subsequently introduced by a 3-1 vote, with Moench casting the lone dissenting vote.
The council unanimously approved a resolution to appropriate $2 million to provide funding for various sewer utility improvements for the township, which willl not be bonded. Township administrator James Naples said the project will include the repaving of Woodland Terrace after the sanitary sewer there was replaced.
It will also include the purchase of a sweeper to replace one of two models acquired a decade ago, one of which is now completely out of commission.
The third ordinance introduced was a bond ordinance for the appropriation of $5,663,958 for various road improvements in the township. Naples said the town is continuing its aggressive paving approach with the cooperation of Somerset County, including both Steele Gap and Twin Oaks roads.
The introduction was approved by three of the four council members present, with Moench abstaining.