Notice of Environmental Commission Meeting
The Environmental Commission meeting originally scheduled for May 14, 2014 has been changed to May 21, 2014 at 7pm in the Conference Room of the Municipal Building, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Notice of Cancellation of Planning Board Meeting
Please be advised that the Planning Board scheduled for Thursday, April 17, 2014 has been cancelled.
Message From The Mayor - Road Improvements
I have vetoed Ordinance #14-1653, appropriating $2,200,000 for 3.63 miles of road repairs.
In my opinion, this ordinance does not accurately reflect the purpose and intent of the 2012 roads referendum passed by the residents and is not in their financial best interests.
My findings and reasoning are as follows:
BY APPROVING THE $10 MILLION REFERENDUM, THE PUBLIC WAS SENDING THE MESSAGE FOR US TO PAVE ROADS.
In 2012, at the suggestion of our Borough Administrator, the Borough Council presented a $10,000,000 referendum question to the voters:
Should the Borough of Bernardsville undertake a major road reconstruction and improvement project over the course of the next ten years at an estimated aggregate cost of $10,000,000, of which approximately 95% will be financed through the issuance of bonds or bond anticipation notes?
The following statement interpreting the nonbinding public question shall also be placed on the ballot:
If this question is approved by the voters, the Mayor and Council will consider adopting an ordinance or ordinances appropriating approximately $10,000,000 in the aggregate over the next several years for a major road reconstruction and improvement project, and authorizing the issuance of bonds or bond anticipation notes to finance such appropriation. Any anticipated tax increase required to fund the projects will be outside the 2% CAP. If this question is approved by the voters, the governing body will authorize the debt in a fiscally responsible manner which will minimize the impact on taxes, while allowing the project to be completed on a timely basis. The governing body will initially use the 2010 Pavement Rating/Road Reconstructions Costs Study, prepared by the Borough Engineer, as updated, to determine the specific projects that will be undertaken, however, no final decisions will be made until public hearings have been held and the governing body has received input from the residents of the Borough.
The Borough Administrator’s intent in recommending the $10 million was to allow the Borough to play catch-up on our road repairs. In other words, come as close to current on the repair of all our roads as possible. The $10 million number was the figure thought needed by the Borough to do the job in a fiscally responsible manner. At present, we are even more behind on road repair. Instead of focusing on getting our roads paved, we are more concerned about drainage, curbing and sidewalks. If money were no object, one might agree with this philosophy. However, money is an object of concern. We are falling behind on our road repair at a continuing pace. We need our roads paved quickly and efficiently.
Notice of Cancellation of Planning Board Meeting
Please be advised that the Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014 has been cancelled.
Curbing Hunger 20th Anniversary Celebration
June 2014 will mark the 20th Curbing Hunger food drive in Somerset County, NJ. A celebration dinner and art sale will be held Saturday, May 10, starting at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge. St. Mark’s is a founding sponsor of the annual food collection program. There will be food, drink and entertainment. There also will be beautiful works of art for sale. All proceeds to go to the Curbing Hunger program.
“We are excited to be celebrating 20 years of service to the community, collecting over 2.1 million pounds of food,” said Chuck Knill, board president of Curbing Hunger Inc. “We also are thrilled to be expanding our campaign this year not only to a larger geographical area but also to include fresh foods.”
"Somerset County has been proud to collaborate with Curbing Hunger to conduct this annual food drive that benefits so many people in our communities," said Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I want to thank Curbing Hunger Inc., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the many other community supporters of this very successful program, as well as our county recycling and public works crews who do the curbside food collections each June.”
Tickets are $50 per person. The deadline for reservations is May 3. All proceeds from this evening will benefit Curbing Hunger, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. According to federal law, $15 of each ticket represents the fair market value of goods and services you will enjoy and is not tax deductible.
To purchase an advertisement in the event program, email Dawn Knill by May 3 at firstname.lastname@example.org A full-page ad (5 by 8 inches) is $75; a half-page (5 by 4 inches) is $50; and a third-page ad (5 by 2 inches) is $30.
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Notice of Special Mayor and Borough Council Meeting
The Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Bernardsville, Somerset County, New Jersey, will hold a special meeting in the Court Room of the Municipal Building, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, New Jersey, at 9:00a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014. The purpose is to consider a resolution to override the Mayor's Veto of Ordinance #14-1653, which appropriates $2,200,000 for road repairs.
Sandra G. Jones
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Additional Programs Added to Summer Camp
Additional programs have been added! Learn track and field skills with BHS’ Hall of Fame track coach Dave Szostak.
The Intro to Strength Training for Girls camp will introduce functional movement lifts in the updated BHS weight room.
The Bernards Girls Softball camp will consist of fundamental softball skills in fielding, pitching and hitting. The camp will also consist of small games and activities to introduce advanced skills and strategies of the game of softball.
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Recreation 2014 Summer Camp registration began on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM in person at Borough Hall.
Through this 6 week program, campers will explore lots of fun and innovative ideas. With the use of new concepts and ideas, campers will begin their first week getting to know one another through games and songs. Campers will enjoy arts and crafts projects, sports and games, fin and feather week and swimming at the Bernardsville Pool. We will focus on encouraging different types of simple exercise and learning how to maintain a healthy environment. Camp may visit the pool a few times per week. Please bring a snack and water. Camp fills quickly, sign up early.
You can also register online at 8:00 AM. For additional information, call (908) 766 2546.
Community Pool Registration Available
Whether you enjoy reading at poolside or a vigorous exercising swim, you will enjoy doing it here, along with lots of other activities. The pool staff will provide planned programs such as water slimnastics for adults, games and fun for the youngsters, and ping-pong at NO CHARGE. (Some equipment may require a refundable deposit.) There are also special functions held at the pool such as Family Day, Teen Water Basketball and Movies. Why not have a party for a special someone in our lovely picnic area? (Contact pool manager for details.)
This swim season will begin May 24th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and end on Labor Day at 6:00 p.m.
All of us here at the Bernardsville Municipal Pool hope you will join us for days of summer fun.
For all details and the registration form, view below. You can also register online.