Bridgewater Approves Hazardous Busing Payments, Submission of Grant for Library HVAC System Replacement

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater Township officials are again committed to supporting dangerous bus transportation in the borough.

The City Council passed a resolution on May 17 to authorize an agreement between the governing body and the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Council that will fund dangerous buses for the current 2020-2021 school year at a cost of $ 245,220.

Township administrator Michael Pappas said the resolution is an annual measure under consideration by the municipality, with the list of sites reviewed by the municipal police.

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“(It’s about) appropriate routes, to ensure student safety,” said Pappas.

He also said the amount fluctuates from year to year, and the figure this year is about $ 6,000 less than last year.

According to the resolution itself, it is used “to provide school bus services for safety reasons, to and from certain regional schools, for students living in the township of Bridgewater”.

Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said the city is legally required to consider dangerous buses. Councilor Howard Norgalis said the resolution is “an important safeguard for our children,” including an area like Milltown Primary School on Milltown Road, right off Route 22.

“It is an important function for the municipality,” said Norgalis.

Councilor Timothy Ring pointed out that Bridgewater-Raritan High School is one entity, including the Raritan township, which Pappas took note of for future agreements.

The council will also file a new grant application and enter into an agreement with the New Jersey State Library for the first two phases of the HVAC system replacement project at the Bridgewater Township Library, at a cost of $ 2,797,080. The grant agreement is covered by the New Jersey State Library Construction Bond Act.

Pappas said the resolution is an attempt by the municipality to pursue the subsidy again because it had failed last time.

According to the resolution, the first phase of the project will replace four individual air handlers, costing a total of $ 2,572,080. The second phase involves the replacement of hot water and chilled water pumps, which together cost $ 225,000.

Norgalis asked whether the municipality would match the subsidy halfway through. Councilor Allen Kurdyla, who has spearheaded the repair of the library’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, said the council would be responsible for $ 1.4 million.

“It’s a pretty big project,” said Kurdyla.

The resolution states that the grant “ will not support more than 50 percent of the cost of the project and that the applicant must pay 50 percent of the cost of the project in the form of cash, local government credits, grants, funds from private or federal sources and / or proceeds from the sale of municipal bonds. “

Norgalis said the council would likely be committed to balance in the long run, before the resolution was unanimously approved by the council.

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