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Bernards Township operates under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government. The Township Committee is comprised of five members, elected by the public in partisan elections for three-year terms of office on a staggered schedule, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. All members have equal power and may vote on all issues. Township Committee hold all legislative and executive powers of the Township (except in matters of health). At the annual Reorganization meeting held in January, the Mayor is elected by the committee from among its members.
Unless otherwise advertised, Township Committee meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday following the first Monday of each month in the Warren Craft Meeting Room of the Municipal Building, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Meetings are open to the public 8:00 PM, and are normally proceeded by executive session at 7:30 PM. The executive session portion of the meeting is not opened to the public. Rules of Order are the procedures which guide the conduct of a meeting. The Township Committee follows Roberts Rules of Order. Depending on the item of business, the Governing Body may take action through passage of an Ordinance, Resolution, Motion, or simply a consensus of agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
The agenda is published approximately 48 hours prior to the meeting. The agenda is posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building and on the Township web page bulletin board. You can also call the Municipal Clerk at 908-204-3001.
Open session meetings are aired live on Cablevision Channel 15 and Verizon Fios 35. Video clips of past meetings can be found on the township website by viewing the agenda for that meeting.
Come forward to the podium and clearly state your name and address. Each speaker is limited to five minutes. The mayor has the authority to reduce or extend the five minute limit.
The Township Administrator & Chief Operating Officer provides the necessary assistance in the prompt day-to-day management of the administrative affairs of the Township Committee, coordination of the activities of the various departments within the municipality and assistance in planning and supervising the execution of the Township Committee work in those areas where a continuous and sustained effort is required.
The Township Attorney, John Belardo, is the legal adviser to the Township Committee and to all departments except as may be otherwise provided by ordinance.
The Municipal Clerk, Christine V. Kieffer, is the secretary to the municipal corporation and governing body, administrative officer of elections and licensing, and the records manager for the Township.
The most reliable way to contact committee members is by writing to them care of the Municipal Clerk at 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. You can also send an E-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org."
Yes. 2022 annual salaries: Mayor $6000; committee members $5300.
Complete a "Tap the Talent in Bernards" survey form which can be obtained on the township website. You can let us know which committee you'd like to serve on or your areas of interest and talent.