BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved an ordinance providing a bond appropriation to purchase land on Route 202/206 as part of a land swap in the settlement with the Al Falah Center.

The bond ordinance was introduced Jan. 22, and is for $1.985 million for 15 acres of property.

This is part of an agreed-upon land swap for the Redwood Inn property the Al Falah Center owns on Mountain Top Road.

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The council had already approved an ordinance to purchase the 15-acre property for a total of $2.75 million, with $815,000 to come from the Open Space Trust Fund to preserve 5 acres of land, with the remaining money coming from the bond ordinance.

The township is finalizing the purchase of the land between Harding and West Foothill roads on Route 202/206, and Al Falah is now working on securing required approvals for the new location, although an application has not yet been submitted.

The council approved several other routine items at the Feb. 19 meeting.

  • The council approved a previously introduced ordinance to prohibit parking on the entire length of Bartle Lane. The request had originally come from local residents, and council members said that road is especially narrow.
  • The council approved a resolution to renew its agreement with Qualcare Inc. for health insurance for township employees from March 1 through Feb. 28, 2016, for fixed reinsurance costs not to exceed $446,215 and administrative costs for 2015 through 2017 expected to be $190,114 per year.
  • The council approved a professional services agreement for a historic structure report to be done on the Lane-Brokaw House, on Milltown Road. The report will be paid for by a county grant, in the amount of $67,210. From there, the council will decide if it wishes to pursue any further action.