BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently approved several purchases for the upcoming winter, including the purchase of road salt to combat snowy conditions.
The municipal governing body unanimously ratified a group of resolutions that together were valued at up to $350,000.
The township authorized payments for road salt invoices for the 2019-2020 winter season, not to exceed $250,000. Those payments will go to the Somerset County Road and Bridge Division.
The council also awarded a contract to Stavola Asphalt Companies Inc. and Stavola Construction Materials Inc. of Chimney Rock Road in Bound Brook, to purchase $70,000 worth of road materials. The purchase will utilize the Somerset County Cooperative Pricing System Contract.
The last resolution passed will increase the price of a professional services contract by $1,300 for additional surveying services for the Chimney Rock Park roller hockey rink conversion. The contract goes to the Reynolds Group, Inc. out of Bound Brook.
The contract price will increase from $30,200 to $31,550, and will be funded through the 2018 Park Improvements Fund.
The council also held a discussion about possibly amending a chapter to the municipal code, regarding specifying nuisances in the township.
Council president Matthew Moench said a town resident had complained about their neighbor's flood lighting, which lit the area up "like a football field," and had done so for months, with about six lights said to be mounted on one side of the home.
"The current ordinance doesn't address (overflow) lighting," said Moench, particularly regarding excessively bright or glaring illumination.
He added that a new ordinance would provide the town's code enforcement department with some authority on such matters, although council vice president Howard Norgalis said he had some questions. Moench said he believed the proposed measure would be in line with other types of nuisances, while Norgalis wanted to ensure that it was "well-grounded" in terms of measurability.
Councilman Allen Kurdyla spoke of measuring lumens, or using other units to quantify illumination, while Moench said that matters could be kicked over to the municipal engineering or code enforcement departments. Moench also spoke of examining what other towns do in such instances, and added that Bridgewater already has excessive lighting strictures.
Councilman Filipe Pedroso said he was concerned about what might happen if things were not made clear-cut. Moench then said he would send information to code enforcement for feedback, although no formal action was taken by the council that evening.