BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is expected to install several new charging stations for electric vehicles, according to one of several resolutions that were recently approved by the Bridgewater Township Council.
The council unanimously passed a measure Oct. 3 to insert a special item of revenue in the 2019 budget for $12,000 for the provision of electric car-charging stations through “It Pay$ to Plug In,” the state’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grants program. Under the program, the township will install two charging stations containing two stalls apiece, at the public library and near one of the schools in town.
The charging stations will be free to use, at least at first. 
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Council president Matthew Moench said that future charging fees, if any, will be determined based on the usage of the stations. The council has already applied for a grant for the charging stations, and Moench explained that the new resolution is to accept that grant. 
Chief Financial Officer Natasha Turchan said a line item was needed in the budget to pay for the initiative, and the resolution subsequently passed by a 4-0 count.

The council also unanimously passed special items of revenue in the 2019 budget for Municipal-Aid Country Club ($385,000), for Clean Communities ($103,948) and for bulletproof vests for police ($7,942).
The council also passed a resolution that amended the agreement between Bridgewater and the Borough of Manville regarding the contract with the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, adding an alternate to the shelter’s board.
Councilman Howard Norgalis also inquired about how the shelter disposes of deceased animals that weigh over 100 pounds, and a representative said she would ask the shelter president.

The council also awarded K&J Tree Service, LLC, out of Branchburg, a $75,000 contract for 2019-2020 snow removal service in Bridgewater.