BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council has introduced an ordinance repealing the position of economic development officer.

The ordinance was introduced unanimously at the Jan. 6 meeting.

Mayor Matthew Moench said the township has had an economic development officer, whose responsibilities included soliciting development in town.

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That person was Howard Turbowitz, who was let go from the township at the end of the year.

Moench said there are a number of new officials in town who have an economic development background, including new township administrator Michael Pappas, and the deputy township attorney, who has done business outreach.

“We made a determination that between these positions, we have more than enough manpower,” he said. “This position becomes redundant from a saving money perspective.”

Moench said the township will be revitalizing the economic development committee, with announcements to be made soon.

Resident Jeffrey Brookner warned the council about doing this at the same time as deciding not to renew membership with the Somerset County Business Partnership.

“You don’t want to send a message that the township is hostile to businesses,” he said.

The public hearing for the ordinance will be held Jan. 16.