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Proposed Ordinance Ties Water Rate Hikes To Suppliers’ Increases, Establishes New Charge

Proposed Ordinance Ties Water Rate Hikes To Suppliers’ Increases, Establishes New Charge

Township water rates would increase whenever supplier rates are hiked, and a new charge created to pay for water system capital improvements under an ordinance that was introduced by the Township Council Nov. 28. The proposed ordinance elicited some spirited debate among council members, with James Vassanella (D-Ward 5) speaking out against what he considered […]

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Township Council Votes To Sell Liquor License, Buy Pothole Filler

Township Council Votes To Sell Liquor License, Buy Pothole Filler

The Township Council at its last meeting voted to sell one of the township’s plenary retail consumption liquor licenses and to purchase a piece of heavy machinery. Bids for the liquor license, which start at $250,000, will be accepted until Dec. 6. The licenses allow for the sale and consumption of alcohol on the licensee’s […]

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Township Looking To Add Electric Cars To Fleet

Township Looking To Add Electric Cars To Fleet

Acting on a suggestion from a Township Councilman, Township Manager Robert Vornlocker is researching prices for a mini-fleet of electric cars. Vornlocker said he’d like to have a recommendation to propose to the council during the 2018 budgeting process. Vornlocker said he’s looking at five cars, which would probably be used by the construction department. […]

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Township Council Approves Purchase, Contract Amendments

Township Council Approves Purchase, Contract Amendments

The purchase of a data storage unit and amendments to several contracts were approved by the Township Council at its Oct. 24 meeting. The council approved a $70,000 contract with Starnet Solutions of Farmingdale for a data storage unit to replace an aging one in the township’s data center. The purchase was made through a […]

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Taxes At Work: Township Council Awards More Than $450,000 In Contracts

Taxes At Work: Township Council Awards More Than $450,000 In Contracts

Contracts worth more than $450,000 were awarded Oct. 10 by the Township Council. The council approved a $400,000 contract with Total Lawn Care & Landscape Services of Somerset for 20 snow plowing routes for the 2017-2018 snow season. The rate for the contract is $175 per hour for each truck, and the contract can be […]

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Little Rocky Hill Water Main Woes May Be Ending

Little Rocky Hill Water Main Woes May Be Ending

It looks as though issues with the state have been resolved, and the woes associated with a water main in Little Rocky Hill may finally be coming to an end. Township Councilman Ted Chase (D-Ward 1) made the announcement at the Sept. 26 council meeting. Chase has been working on getting the main replaced for […]

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Dump Trucks, Police Radio Systems Upgrade Among Items Purchased By Township Council

Dump Trucks, Police Radio Systems Upgrade Among Items Purchased By Township Council

Among the goods and services purchased were: $36,700 for shade trees for Middlebush Park from Northern Nurseries of Somerset. The cost is for the trees only, the township’s Department of Public Works will plant them. $73,742.58 for two 2017 10-foot Stainless Steel Dump Bodies, $36,871.29 each. The bodies will be installed on: Two 2018 Model […]

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Coming Soon To Airwaves: Township Emergency AM Radio Station

Coming Soon To Airwaves: Township Emergency AM Radio Station

A $73,000 contract to create an AM radio station for the township was awarded to a Michigan-based company by the Township Council. The station – the frequency of which has not yet been determined – is mainly envisioned to serve as a way to reach township residents with important information during emergencies, especially during widespread […]

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Township Council Approves $242,000 In CDBG Grants

Township Council Approves $242,000 In CDBG Grants

More than $240,000 in Community Development Block Grant applications were approved Aug. 8 by the Township Council. CDBG grants, as they are known, originate at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and are used to help communities “address a wide range of unique community development needs,” according to the program’s web site. According […]

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Township Council Green-Lights Final Planning Of Catalpa Park

Township Council Green-Lights Final Planning Of Catalpa Park

Catalpa Park could be open by the fall of 2018, now that the Township Council has green-lighted the final concept plan. The park’s two cricket pitches – the source of much of the controversy over the park during the past three years – should be ready for play by the spring of 2019, according to […]

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