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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.

Meetings – 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.

Membership:

Name
Membership
Term Expires
James Baldassare, Jr.
Mayor
12/31/2020
Joseph F. Esposito, Esq.
Deputy Mayor
12/31/2022
Joan Bannan Harris
Committeeperson
12/31/2022
John Carpenter
Committeeperson
12/31/2020
Janice M. Fields
Committeeperson
12/31/2022

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WARNING: Email received by or sent to Township officials is subject to the Open Public Records Act [OPRA]. This means that absent some specific privilege, all such communications are considered a public record and are subject to publication and/or dissemination to the public upon request. Emails received by or sent to individual Township Committee members are shared with all Committee members.

Meeting Schedule:

    01/02/2020 7:00 PM
    01/14/2020 8:00 PM
    01/28/2020 8:00 PM
    02/11/2020 8:00 PM
    02/25/2020 8:00 PM
    03/10/2020 8:00 PM
    03/24/2020 8:00 PM
    04/14/2020 8:00 PM
    04/28/2020 8:00 PM
    05/12/2020 8:00 PM
    05/26/2020 8:00 PM
    06/09/2020 8:00 PM
    06/23/2020 8:00 PM
    07/14/2020 8:00 PM
    07/28/2020 8:00 PM
    08/11/2020 8:00 PM
    08/25/2020 8:00 PM
    09/15/2020 8:00 PM
    09/29/2020 8:00 PM
    10/13/2020 8:00 PM
    10/27/2020 8:00 PM
    11/10/2020 8:00 PM
    11/24/2020 8:00 PM
    12/15/2020 8:00 PM
    12/29/2020 8:00 PM
    01/05/2021 7:00 PM

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.

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CONSISTENT WITH THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND THE RELIGIOUS LAND USE AND INSTITUTIONALIZED PERSONS ACT OF 2000 (“RLUIPA”), BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, THE PLANNING BOARD, AND THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT DO NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST RELIGIOUS EXERCISE, OR VIOLATE THE OTHER PROTECTIONS OF RLUIPA.