BRIDGEWATER, NJ - One of the last Bridgewater Township Council meetings of the calendar year took care of some budgetary and other housekeeping issues before the close of 2019.
 
The council unanimously approved a package of six resolutions at its Dec. 16 meeting. The first authorized $521,785 worth of budget transfers for fiscal year 2019 appropriations, in the current fund.
 
The council also canceled capital bond ordinances in the amount of $1,160,485. Chief Financial Officer Natasha Turchan said those were monies that were allotted but not spent, and would not go into general capital use for the budget or for capital purposes.
 
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The township governing body also authorized run-out claim services to be provided to the municipality by Qual-Care, effective Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020, for an administrative services charge of $109,273. The township had been self-insured, with Qual-Care as the administrator, and that agreement is due to expire on Jan. 1, 2020.
 
The township will be subsequently and fully insured afterwards by Horizon.

 
“There are still claims from this year,” said council president Matthew Moench.
 
The council also authorized a change order, worth $18,581, for the authorization to renew an administrative services agreement with Qual-Care, from March 1 through Dec. 31 of this year, for administrative services costs for 2019 that were originally estimated at $144,258.
 
Turchan said those costs were based on a per life basis, with administrative costs exceeded by the $18,581. She added that a resolution needed to be approved in order to make that payment, for every person who was insured.

 
The council also authorized another change order, this one for a final payment of $5,329 to Pillari Brothers Construction Corp. for the Leghorn Avenue sanitary sewer rehabilitation and restoration project, along with other related acceptances and guarantees. The project, which is being funded through the 2016 Capital Sewer Fund, will now cost $2,244,217, an overall project increase of 0.24 percent.
 
“We’re done with this project,” Turchan said.
 
Lastly, the council authorized up to an additional $20,000 for the current calendar year for labor law attorneys Mark Caliguire and Andrew Kinsey, and up to $5,000 for commercial tax appeals to the firm of Florio Perrucci. The monies for at least the former were not able to fit in the original contract.
 
“They’re just an add-on,” said Turchan.
 
The $5,000 for Perrucci was for commercial tax appeals.