Monday, April 15, 2013
The budget was approved unanimously.
The township council unanimously approved its 2013 municipal budget Monday without much fanfare from both the administration and the residents themselves. The budget, as introduced in February, is set at $38,935,484.46, an increase of 1.26 percent over the 2012 budget of $38,451,229.13. As proposed, residents will pay a municipal tax of $1,053 for a home assessed at the average value of $411,662. This is the same amount residents paid in 2012. The council also approved a few amendments that were previously introduced, mostly housekeeping work based on vehicle damages sustained during Superstorm Sandy and grants received. Resident George Jones questioned whether $205,000 included in the budget for legal services is related to all types of …
Monday, April 1, 2013
A public hearing on the budget will also be held.
The township council is planning a public hearing Monday on its municipal budget that includes a 0 percent tax hike for 2013. The budget, as introduced in February, is set at $38,935,484.46, an increase of 1.26 percent over the 2012 budget of $38,451,229.13. The meeting will also include some budget amendments, which will be announced and discussed at the meeting. As proposed, residents will pay a municipal tax of $1,053 for a home assessed at the average value of $411,662. This is the same amount residents paid in 2012. The 2013 budget includes a few extra appropriations, including $195,000 for current litigation that is not expected to be included in future budgets, as well as appropriations of funding to replace police cars damaged …
Friday, January 11, 2013
It was approved at Monday's reorganization meeting.
With a few months to go before a 2013 budget is approved, the township council unanimously approved resolutions Monday for temporary budgets set at a total of about $15 million. The resolutions concerning general fund and the sewer budget were approved at Monday’s reorganization meeting. The first piece is the temporary budget for the current fund, set at $12,389,780.98. According to council president Christine Henderson Rose, the budget is required to not exceed 26.25 percent of the 2012 funds, exclusive of debt redemption charges, capital improvement funds and public assistance. In 2012, that budget was set at $33,712,271.54. “This is a temporary budget to make payments prior to the adoption of the 2013 budget,” Rose said. The other part…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Bridgewater held its annual reorganization meeting Monday.
In a reorganization meeting that focused heavily on thanking volunteers and staff for their work in the community, councilwoman Christine Henderson Rose was chosen as the 2013 council president. “While we will have challenges this year, we are a community with many resources that can support us while we face them,” she said. The reorganization meeting was held Monday in the municipal complex, and featured appearances from such dignitaries as Rep. Leonard Lance, Sen. Michael Doherty, Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Assemblyman John DiMaio and members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Councilman Filipe Pedroso was sworn in for an unexpired term after being elected to the council in the November elections, defeating Democrat …
Appointments were made at Monday's reorganization meeting.
The Bridgewater Township Council held its annual reorganization meeting Monday, and Mayor Dan Hayes and council members made several appointments throughout the evening of residents to committees and boards. These were the professional appointments made during the evening: Hayes also made appointments of residents to committees and boards as volunteers. These are those appointments:
Monday, January 7, 2013
The township council will hold its annual reorganization meeting Monday.
Filipe Pedroso will be sworn in for a full term at Monday’s township council reorganization meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex on Commons Way. Pedroso was chosen to serve on the council in early 2012 after Dan Hayes was elected to mayor. In November, Pedroso was elected to a full term on the council, defeating Democrat William Metz. The meeting will also include a selection of a council president, and a report from Mayor Dan Hayes on the state of the township and the year ahead. Hayes will make appointments of both township professionals and residents to the different committees and boards, with expectations of reappointments of William Savo as township attorney and Scarlett Doyle as township planner. In …
Monday, December 10, 2012
She calls the move "alarming."
Monday, December 10, 2012
To the Editor: At their Nov. 29 meeting, the all-Republican Bridgewater council took an alarming stance against saving Bridgewater taxpayers' dollars through a sensible shared services agreement with Somerville. The majority vote essentially undid efforts to create a shared municipal court system which would have netted a total tax savings if $73,000—with specifically $47,000 for Bridgewater. The proposal followed the state's model for sharing courts, with each retaining its separate identity, but sharing personnel, space and records storage. Bridgewater would continue to conduct court in the same manner—with no slowdown in service to residents. Although the savings may seem minimal in comparison to our approximate $38.5 million budget…
Monday, November 26, 2012
A dumpster will be set up near the quarry.
In an effort to continue recycling opportunities in the township, the council unanimously approved a resolution Nov. 19 to set a contract with Donjon Recycling for a dumpster at the new DPW site near the quarry. According to township administrator James Naples, the township has been working on this contract for months, and it will be at no cost to the township. The dumpster, Naples said, will be entirely for electronic waste, like computers, television sets and other similar equipment that needs to be recycled. “The company is providing the free dumpster,” he said. Basically, Naples said, the township is required to file a list of all items that are recycled in the municipality, and then there is a grant that pays back the state, with the …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Two candidates are running for one open seat on the township council.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Only one seat will be up for election in the 2012 Bridgewater Township Council elections. Two people are running for the one position, one Republican incumbent and one Democrat. Incumbent Filipe Pedroso was chosen to replace former councilman Daniel Hayes, who was elected mayor in November 2011, and Pedroso is running to complete Hayes' term. Patch asked the candidates to answer questions about their education, work experience and previous political experience. Click on the links below to view their profiles.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Event will be held in memory of the victims of the Wisconsin shooting.
A local temple is holding a vigil Tuesday in memory of those who died in the tragedy at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Sunday. A lone gunman is believed to have entered Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday and killed six people before being fatally shot by a police officer. One of the wounded includes a police officer who was attending to victims when fired upon, authorities said. The Bridgewater Gurudwara, on Washington Valley Road, is holding a candlelight vigil and memorial service, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, to remember those who were killed in the tragedy, as well as to show support for their families. Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes, Police Chief Richard Borden and other government officials and members …