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Pickup Of Downed Tree Limbs Could Take A Month, Saturday Pickups Eyed

Pickup Of Downed Tree Limbs Could Take A Month, Saturday Pickups Eyed

Township residents who are waiting for limbs downed in the recent nor’easters to be picked up by township employees were asked to be patient at the March 27 Township Council meeting. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said that it looks as though it will take a month before all limbs are picked up, but there are […]

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Updated: Proposed Township Budget Includes Slight Tax Increase, But Reduction In Tax Rate

Updated: Proposed Township  Budget Includes Slight Tax Increase, But Reduction In Tax Rate

Update: The budget was adopted at the council’s April 10 meeting. Original Story: The Township Council March 13 introduced a $61 million municipal budget for 2018 that carries with it a slight tax increase, but, thanks to an increase in property values, a slight decrease in the tax rate. The total proposed budget – $60,855,068 […]

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Youth Center Design Met With Cheers; Could Cost $13 – $14.6 M

Youth Center Design Met With Cheers; Could Cost $13 – $14.6 M

The long-discussed township youth center could be open for business by September of 2019. That was the projection Feb. 13 by Martin Kimmel, one of the architects contracted by the township to design the facility, which is targeted for a 40,000-square-foot parcel on Lewis Street. The proposed 25,000-square-foot, three-story building could cost between $13 million […]

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Township Council Begins 2018 Budget Process With First Hearing

Township Council Begins 2018 Budget Process With First Hearing

Requests for new equipment and new staff positions highlighted the Township Council’s first hearing for the 2018 municipal budget on Feb. 12. This is the first of two expected hearings, during which department heads and Township Manager Robert Vornlocker appear before the council to make their case for requested money for the coming year. Vornlocker […]

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

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

Update: The Township Council tabled the ordinance at its public hearing on Dec. 12. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker suggested the move, saying that he may have a “better way” to keep water rates in synch with rising supplier prices and ensure there is money for needed maintenance and upgrades. “I took the opportunity over the […]

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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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