Government

June 3, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has looked north for a consultant to manage its sewer fund, and has also voted to expand a local roadway construction endeavor. The town council voted unanimously May 18 to award a contract to Raftelis, Inc., out of Massachusetts, to provide sewer fund ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council was presented with a draft anti-nepotism ordinance at its second May meeting, but it only furthered the contentious discussion that ended without action. Councilman Pablo Orozco had worked over the past two weeks with councilman Michael Patente and ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is expected to require equipment improvements for some local businesses, while also modifying options regarding affordable housing in the municipality in the next few weeks. The town council introduced a pair of ordinances related to those matters at its ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The effects of Covid-19 on all aspects of life – from street design to summer camp - took center stage during the Raritan council meeting this week. The issue of a 2020 summer camp was laid to rest without a council vote.  Through discussion, it was obvious that time had run out ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has released information on how the long-term care facilities in town are faring during the pandemic. According to the release, Bridgewater has 10 long-term care facilities, accounting for more than a quarter of all the facilities in Somerset County. Of ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hoffman Road will be getting some much-needed improvements in the near future, as approved recently by the Bridgewater Township Council, along with several other measures. The municipal governing body approved a resolution to award a contract to DeSantis Construction, Inc., out ...

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RARITAN, NJ - Tired of leaflets, handbills and flyers littering the streets of Raritan? So is the governing body. Mayor Zachary Bray and the borough council have been trying to find a way to, legally, stop the flow of “free” papers.   There are currently ordinances covering litter and ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Because the township has authorized an additional grace period for paying the second quarter property taxes, the school district is assisting in providing some relief. In late April, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing municipalities to choose to extend the ...

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RARITAN, NJ - In what Raritan Mayor Zachary Bray termed, “kicking the can down the road,” the council decided to delay again a decision about opening borough pools and summer camp. The mayor had advocated for making a determination not to open either the Basilone pool, the Frelinghuysen pool or ...

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RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough engineer Stan Shrek gave an update of ongoing projects at a recent borough council meeting, including the 2019-2020 grant work planned for Woodmere and Weiss streets. The design has been completed and is now under review by the state. Once the NJDOT signs off on ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township continues to soldier on in the face of COVID-19, and members of the township council offered updates, thoughts and prayers to residents and all those affected at May 7 meeting. “It’s a cloud hanging over us,” councilman Michael Kirsh said. “It’s a tragedy ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench testified Thursday before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee in support of a bill that would allow municipalities to avoid imposing drastic tax increases on residents because of unexpected losses of revenue from ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County has announced its paving co-op tentative schedule for Bridgewater roads over the next week. Working hours for all the projects are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On May 6 and May 7, there will be paving of Ardsley Lane, from Country Club Road to Eisenhower Avenue, and ...

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RARITAN, NJ - An anti-nepotism ordinance was a major topic of discussion at the Raritan virtual council meeting last week. Councilman Pablo Orozco started things off by questioning borough attorney Bill Robertson about the status of an anti-nepotism draft ordinance that was previously ...

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RARITAN, NJ - With the coronavirus pandemic closing programs, activities and events, and the timeline for reopening still uncertain, decisions have not yet been made with regard to the future of the Raritan Borough summer camp. Unrelated to the pandemic, the questions about the program have been ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has announced a partnership with Boxcar Groceries, which will use the municipal complex for contact-free, drive-through grocery pickup. According to a release from the township, Boxcar partners with local produce providers to make boxes of grocery staples ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In connection with an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy, Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench has signed an amended version of Bridgewater’s emergency declaration to extend the grace period for property tax payments to June 1. On Tuesday, Murphy signed an executive ...

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RARITAN, NJ - At Raritan’s virtual council meeting Tuesday, the governing body moved quickly to extend the grace period for payment of property taxes to June 1. The decision is consistent with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order, issued Tuesday and allowing municipalities to offer that extension ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is seeking its fair share. Members of the township council approved a resolution that expressed disappointment regarding the lack of federal funding awarded to the township so far in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The resolution, which was ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still working its way through Bridgewater Township, as reported at the most recent meeting of the town council. Councilman Michael Kirsh reported at the April 16 meeting, which was again held remotely, that there have been more than 250 ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council introduced its 2020 municipal budget in a virtual meeting April 14, with a 0 percent increase in taxes. According to borough administrator Dan Jaxel, the $12.1 million budget equals a 0 percent increase in property taxes from 2019 for residents, at least ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council held its first virtual meeting on April 14, and using the Zoom program as a platform, Mayor Zachary Bray, council members, the borough administrator, clerk, attorney and engineer discussed issues, passed resolutions and introduced the 2020 municipal ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leadership Monday to ask them to take on some municipal finance reforms to help towns like Bridgewater in dealing with budgetary issues that could arise as a result of COVID-19. "The ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently approved a collection of resolutions that authorize budget transfers among municipal accounts, a change order for a sewer rehabilitation project and several housekeeping issues in light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The saga of the Center of Excellence continues for township officials. The Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution March 30 to hire Michael F. Sullivan, of the Trenton-based architectural, planning and design firm Clarke Caton Hintz, to serve as a special planning ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The first meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council following the widespread onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) took on a somber tone when discussing those who had dealt with or even been lost to the pandemic. The March 30 meeting, an audio-only gathering that was held ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has promised that it will continue to deliver effective and reliable services to residents through the duration of the crisis, although it acknowledges that there might have to be adjustments made for long term fiscal health. According to a notice from the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2020 national census has just about come and gone.   Bridgewater Township Councilman Michael Kirsch brought up the matter at the council’s meeting on March 30, one that was conducted remotely (audio only) due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a number of resolutions for a Route 202/206 study and fireworks at TD Bank Ballpark in the last meeting held at the municipal building before the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. The council ratified a resolution to license and ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has updated its count to five confirmed COVID-19 related deaths among township residents, as of 10 a.m. Saturday. In addition, according to the township website, there have been eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bridgewater. That brings the total ...

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