What follows is an account of actions taken on June 2 by the Bridgewater Township Council, which, while not breaking news, are still of note.
Audit accepted with no concerns
The township council unanimously approved a resolution to accept the annual audit performed recently for the township.
According to the resolution, it ensures that all members of the township council have received and read the audit.
"I have no exceptions to the report that infers there is nothing happening in the financial part of the township that we need to know about," said council president Howard Norgalis.
Township administrator Robert Bogart said this is an annual audit done for the township and no problems were found.
Liquor license renewals approved
The township council approved the renewal of several liquor licenses for various businesses around Bridgewater.
First, the township approved club license renewals for Fraternal Order of Eagles, Somerset Aerie #2137; , Post #1068; ; and Gerald Abrego Post #327, .
The township approved the renewal of plenary retail consumption liquor licenses for TGI Friday’s, , , , Club 21, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill, , The Office at Bridgewater, , , The Martinsville Inn Caterers, , , , , Red Lobster, Top O’th Hill Tavern and the and .
Businesses renewed with plenary retail distribution liquor licenses were Spirits of the Valley, Elliot Home Beverages, and Ramaram Inc.
The council renewed plenary retail consumption liquor licenses concerning hotels for , and .
A broad package for plenary retail consumption liquor license was renewed for .
Finally, specific retail consumption licenses were approved for and .
Company chosen for professional services for township assessment
The township council approved a resolution to hire Assessor Services, LLC for professional appraisal inspections and related services.
The cost of the contract is not to exceed $89,011.
“This is a professional service recommended by our assessor following proposals that came in,” said township administrator Robert Bogart.
According to council president Howard Norgalis, this work provides for the physical inspection of 25 percent of the houses in town.
Council accepts a Municipal Alliance Grant
For Municipal Alliance activities, the township council unanimously approved a resolution to accept a $39,673 grant from the county.
In accepting the grant, the township is required to provide a 75 percent match of $29,755 in in-kind services, as well as a 25 percent cash match of $9,918 to be raised by the Municipal Alliance Committee or provided by the township.
The grant money will be used for activities concerning the prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse.
Council accepts grant for alcohol education rehabilitation
The township council unanimously approved a resolution to accept money into the budget for the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Enforcement Fund.
The resolution discusses the amount of $6,148.56.
Township administrator Robert Bogart said this money is for an expedited process to try driving while intoxicated cases.
“The money is for administrative pieces,” he said.
Council approves agreement with county for recycling
As an action done every year, the township council unanimously approved a resolution to execute an agreement with the county for recycling services.
The county provides curbside pick-up services for the recyclable materials.
The cost of the recycling agreement is $397,412.55. This sets up a rate of $23.85 per household, with 16,663 households serviced.