Departments & Services

Municipal Clerk

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Address: 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

  • Perform the core duties of the Municipal Clerk as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133, while at all times working in the present, thinking in the future, maintaining high ethical standards and remaining impartial and apolitical in dealing with public officials and citizens.
  • Act as the secretary to the municipal corporation and custodian of the municipal seal and of all minutes, books, deeds, bonds, contracts, and archival records of the municipal corporation.
  • Act as secretary to the governing body, prepare meeting agendas at the discretion of the governing body, be present at all meetings of the governing body, keep a journal of proceedings of every meeting, retain the original copies of all ordinances and resolutions, and record the minutes of every meeting.
  • Serve as the chief administrative officer in all elections held in the municipality, subject to the requirements of Title 19 of the Revised Statutes.
  • Serve as the chief registrar of voters in the municipality, subject to the requirements of Title 19 of the Revised Statutes.
  • Serve as the administrative officer responsible for the acceptance of applications for licenses and permits and the issuance of licenses and permits, except where statute or municipal ordinance has delegated that responsibility to some other municipal officer.
  • Serve as coordinator and records manager responsible for implementing local archives and records retention programs as mandated pursuant to Title 47 of the Revised Statutes.
  • Perform such other duties as are now or hereafter imposed by statute, regulation or by municipal ordinance or regulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:Where do I vote?
  • A:Polling Place Search
  • Q:Voting Map Link?
  • A:Click here to view Voting Map Link
  • Q:Am I registered to vote?
  • A:Check Registration Status
  • Q:How can I contact the Township Committee?
  • A:The best way to contact the Township Committee is by e-mailing them at
  • Q:I can't always attend Township Committee meetings. How can I keep abreast of what is going on?
  • A:Township Committee meetings are broadcast live on Cablevision Channel 15 and FIOS Channel 35, and video-streamed live over the township website. After a meeting, video clip links will be integrated to the related township committee agenda on the website.
  • Q:My neighborhood wants to have a block party, is a permit required?
  • Yes, to temporarily close a road for a block party, you need a permit issued by the Municipal Clerk and approved by the Township Committee. There is no charge for the permit but you must submit your application at least 5 weeks prior to the event.
  • Q:My organization wants to have a fund raising raffle or 50/50, what do I need to do?
  • A: First, your organization must be registered with the State and hold a current registration certificate. If you do not have a current registration certificate, please go to NJ Division of Legalized Games of Chance Control web site to obtain. When you have a current registration, you then apply to the municipality for each game of chance conducted. Please apply four weeks prior to your event for processing. Click here for the Raffle Application.
  • Q:Can I submit my fund raising application on-line?
  • A:Bernards Township's website enables you to fill out the application on-line by clicking on the raffle application link on the Municipal Clerk's home page. Print out 3 copies, bring notarized copies along with Registration ID and checks to the Municipal Clerk's office
  • Q:My organization is thinking of sponsoring a fund raising event such as a bike race, walk-a-thon, or parade, what do I need to do?
  • A:Depending on the size, scope and location of your event, you may need a license for a Special Event Permit issued by the Municipal Clerk and approved by the Township Committee. Applicants must reimburse the township if township staff is required in connection with the event. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event.
  • Q: What utility companies service Bernards Township and how do I contact them?
  • A:Cable/Internet: Cablevision 732-356-1300
    Verizon 1-800-837-4966
    Electric: JCP&L 800-545-7741
       K.W.S. 908-903-9031
       Midco 800-273-7539
       Pinto Brothers - 908-561-8231
       Raritan Valley Disposal - 800-342-5783
    Gas:PSE&G - 800-436-7734
    Water: N.J. American Water Co. 800-652-6987
    Recycling: Somerset County 732-469-3363
  • Q:Where can I find a notary?
  • A:Notaries are on staff in the Municipal Clerk's Office during normal business hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Please bring two forms of ID. Standard notary fees apply.
  • Q:How do I obtain a parking permit for the township's commuter parking lots at the Lyons Train Station (off Thomson Way behind the Lyons Shopping Mall), the Basking Ridge Train Station and the Stonehouse Road Bus Lot?
  • A:Residents can purchase an electronic permit in the Municipal Clerk's Office.
  • Q:Do I need a decal to park in the NJ Transit's commuter parking lot at Lyons (Cross Road)?
  • A:There are a limited number of daily spaces available for which no decal is required. You pay your daily payment at a kiosk on the site. You can also obtain a quarterlyhang tag for more frequent use by contacting Park America who maintains the lot (800-523-1026).
  • Q:I recently moved to Bernards Township, do I need to re-register to vote?
  • A:If you moved from another county or state you must re-register. If you moved within the county or have had a name change, you must change your address and name. Please visit our website at to download the form, or call us at (908) 204-3002.

Important Links

First Energy
NJ American Water Company
NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
NJ Division of Legalized Games of Chance Control
NJ Election Law Commission
NJ Legislators for Bernards Township District 21
NJ State Website
NJ Transit
Park America Park America, (800-523-1026)
NJDEP Off-Site Conditions Lists
Public Service Electric & Gas
Recycling Schedule
Somerset County Search for Land Records
Somerset County
US Senatorial Representative Menendez
Application for a Raffle License
Verizon 1-800-837-4966
NJ Representative for Bernards Township District 7
US Senatorial Representative Booker"


Departmental Contacts

Employee Name Position Phone Number
Rhonda Pisano

Municipal Clerk

(908) 204-3014
Jordan Padovano Assistant to the Municipal Clerk (908) 204-3002
Leslie Meth Assistant to the Municipal Clerk (908) 204-3001

Thank you for visiting our website. Please contact us whenever an issue is important to you. The Township Committee and Administrator depend on your thoughts and comments, to ensure that at all times our service offerings are community driven.