What follows is an account of actions taken on May 7 by the Bridgewater Township Council, which, while not breaking news, are still of note.
Bond ordinance approved for road improvements
The council unanimously approved a resolution to appropriate money through a bond ordinance to pay for road improvements around Bridgewater.
The bond ordinance is for $2,805,000.
According to the ordinance, there will be road improvements at Gilbride Road, Somerville Road, Van Holten Road, Leeham Road and others; road overlay at Van Nest Drive, Prim Rose Lane and Baltusrol Way; sidewalk improvements; and drainage improvements at Chambers Brook, Cuckholds Brook and Crim Road.
“During the campaign, one of the main things we heard from residents was [the need for] road repairs and drainage projects,” said councilman Matthew Moench.
Township pairing with county for recycling
The council unanimously approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with the county for recycling.
This resolution allows for the county to conduct curb-side pickup for recyclable materials, at a cost of $23.85 per household.
In total, according to the resolution, the township has 16,662 households to be serviced, for a total of $397,388.70.
Township administrator James Naples said that the township recycled 48,000 tons of materials in 2010, and 58,203 tons of materials in 2011. As for electronic items, Naples said, the township recycled 215 tons in 2010, and 143 tons in 2011.
That number dropped, Naples said, because a company that recycles many tons of electronics relocated out of Bridgewater.
“We are trying to recycle more tonnage to bring more money back,” he said.
Council awards reassessment contract for less than expected
The council approved a resolution to award a contract to Appraisal Systems Inc. for professional appraisal inspections and other services concerning the township’s reassessment program for 2012—and the contract came in lower than expected.
Township administrator James Naples said he had assumed the township would be paying about $100,000 for the work. But the contract bid came in at $79,200.
“Now there is competition in the field,” he said. “We are seeing a reduction and benefit to taxpayers.”
The state requires reassessments of about 25 percent of properties to be done annually.