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This page includes the most up to date information for all Township
Departments in regards to operations during the COVID-2019 outbreak.
UPDATED 4-04-2020 AT 05:00 PM

*****A SPECIAL VIDEO FROM OUR MAYOR REGARDING THE COVID-19 SITUATION*****

READ THE LATEST SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM THE BERNARDS TOWNSHIP OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

MAYOR JAMES BALDASSARE'S LETTER TO THE RESIDENTS REGARDING AN UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN OUR COMMUNITY - APRIL 4, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP COVID-19 EMERGENCY DECLARATION - MARCH 24, 2020

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Please read carefully as all department information is updated frequently

We are asking for your cooperation in practicing social distancing.
The following is a list of contact information for each department including
services that can be accessed remotely as all Township offices are currently CLOSED to the public.


Board of Adjustment
Phone: 908-204-3026
Email: ckiefer@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Residents wishing to submit a Zoning Board of Adjustment application should contact Board Secretary Cyndi Kiefer. Board of Adjustment information and application forms are available here: http://www.bernards.org/boards_commissions/board_adjustment/default.aspx

Construction
Phone: 908-204-3172
Email: dbettler@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

In order to conduct business with the Construction Office:

  • Inspections will be performed on Mondays and Thursdays at the discretion of the Construction Official. Example: Decks, Footings, Foundations, Vacant structures.
  • To schedule inspections, call 908-204-3172 and leave a message.
  • Applications can be submitted by mail or left in the secure lock box in the vestibule of 277 South Maple Avenue.
    If you need guidance contact Dennis Bettler via email dbettler@bernards.org

    Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Permits and CRC’s can be paid for by mail or left in the secure lock box in the vestibule of 277 South Maple Avenue. Mail payments to the address listed below. Once received and processed the permit or CRC will be mailed to you.

    NEW!!!
    We now accept on-line payments!
    Current applications that have a valid email address associated to them will receive an email advising them that the permit is ready for pick up. If you wish to pay on-line you can do so. All on-line transactions carry a 3.45% service charge from the vendor (minimum $3.00).

    If you do not wish to pay on-line follow the procedures outlined above.
    CRC’s can be applied for via email and paid for on-line. Send the completed form to dneil@bernards.org, Dawn will process the application and send you a link to pay on-line if you choose.

    Mail applications and payments to:
    Bernards Township Construction Office
    277 South Maple Avenue
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

    Application forms are available at bernards.org under the Construction & Code Enforcement tab.
  • If you wish to discuss the application process call Dennis Bettler at 908-204-3030 or email dbettler@bernards.org

Engineering
Phone: 908-204-3020
Email: ttimko@bernards.org; slong@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Please mail all Engineering Permits (AKA Road Opening Permits) and Tree Removal Permits to the Engineering Department, 277 S Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge NJ, 07920 or email to plagola@bernards.org.

Fire Prevention
Phone: 908-204-2511
Email: msylvester@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Smoke Cert Affidavit March 2020

As of Wednesday March 18, 2020, the Bernards Township Fire Prevention Bureau will be implementing the following emergency procedures due to the spread of the COVID 19 Virus.

The Fire Prevention Bureau Office will be closed starting Wednesday March 18, 2020 until further notice.

All Commercial Fire Inspections and Reinspections Operations will be suspended.

All Fire Safety Event Permits for the next two weeks will be cancelled.

All Residential Sale/Change of Occupancy Inspections will be cancelled until further notice. If a certificate from the Fire Prevention Bureau is needed for a sale/closing of a residence, we will accept the application, application fee ($50), and a signed Affidavit in lieu of an inspection. Rental Properties can be granted this Affidavit to change occupancy but will be inspected at a later time to be determined by the Fire Official.

Fire Investigators will remain on call to respond to and perform Origin and Cause Fire Investigations as needed.

The Fire Prevention Staff will be available during normal business hours via phone and email.

This information is subject to change at any point as we will keep the public apprised as to when normal operations resume in the near future.

Health Department
Phone: 908-204-2520
Email: health@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 262 South Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, STILL OPEN FOR PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS

The Bernards Township Health Department Monitors New Coronavirus (March 16, 2020) –

The Bernards Township Health Department continues to work in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, and emergency medical service to respond to a new emerging coronavirus COVID-19. As of March 16, 2020 the Health Department offices will be closed to the public.

“Thank you all for your cooperation in social distancing so far. We are doing our part to flatten the curve and remove the burden from our healthcare workers and system while still maintaining excellent communication with our residents. We are here for you”, says Bernards Township Health Officer, Lucy Forgione.

At this time, the Bernards Township Health Department offices are closed to the public, but staff members are still on site to answer phone calls and emails. To reach a Health Department staff member, residents can call (908) 204-2520 or email health@bernards.org. The Bernards Township Health Department is not a COVID-19 testing site. Additionally, all Health Department and Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse programs are suspended until and including April 30th.

The Bernards Township Health Department is the contractual health agency serving Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Chester Borough, Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, and Peapack and Gladstone Borough. For more information, visit: http://www.bernardshealth.org.

Library
Phone: 908-204-3031
Web site: https://www.bernardslibrary.org

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the signing of Executive Order 107 by Governor Murphy, the library will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, please check out all that we have to offer online! Should you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please email reference@bernardslibrary.org or text us at 908-365-0776.

MUNICIPAL CLERK
Phone: 908-204- 3001 / 3002
Email: rpisano@bernard.org
Email: lmeth@bernards.org
Email: jpadovano@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Please visit the Municipal Clerk’s Frequently Asked Questions page, for more information.

GAMES OF CHANCE – RAFFLE CANCELLATIONS
If you have you have an event being cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, please fill out an amendment form – click here – leave the new date blank and submit to the township clerk. Once a new date is established, please notify our office of the new date.

OTHER SERVICES can be accessed on-line. If you do not see something on the website, or have questions, please call us and we will figure out a way to get you what you need remotely. This may be through scanning, mail, telephone, etc. The services we offer online:

Municipal Court
Phone: 908-630-5538
Email: municipalcourt@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

All Municipal Court Sessions have been cancelled until April 26, 2020.

  • All payments can be done either by mail, online or municipal building drop box:
    • If paying by mail: Send check or money order made payable to Bernards Twp. Municipal Court, include ticket or complaint number. If you would like a receipt, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    • If paying Online: Visit www.njmcdirect.com. You will need the court code 1802, prefix, ticket number and license plate number of the vehicle you were driving when you received the ticket. (Only traffic violations can be paid online).
    • If dropping off payment: A black drop box has been made available for payment drop off in the back foyer of the Town Hall building at 1 Collyer Lane.

Parks & Recreation
Phone: 908-204-3003
Email: recreation@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
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Park trails and pathways remain open. All other park facilities are closed until further notice, including but not limited to: playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, the roller rink, the dog park, park restrooms and park water fountains. If you do visit a park, remember the following:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Take all trash home with you.
  • Plan ahead, as restrooms and water fountains are closed.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene, prior to and during your visit.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on the size of social gatherings. We strongly discourage organized gatherings in and outside the parks.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on social distancing by maintaining an ideal six-foot distance between yourself and people outside of your household.
  • While walking or on trails, warn other users of your presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.

All park permits for facility and field reservations through April 30 are cancelled. Renters will be contacted by our office via phone or email with refund procedure instructions. We will not be rescheduling or accepting new facility reservations until further notice. The above cancellation date will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and extended as necessary.

Charter Day scheduled for May 16, 2020 has been cancelled. Registered vendors will be contacted with refund information.

Opening Day for the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course is postponed until May 1. Town Hall is closed to visitors, therefore the taking of photos for membership IDs is suspended until further notice. Pool and golf membership payments will continue to be accepted online.

The following is a list of schedule changes for Parks & Recreation sponsored programs, trips and events:

  • Youth Programs
    • All Spring into Summer Week activities scheduled for April 20-25, including the Southard Park Fishing Derby, are cancelled.
    • All spring tennis programs have been postponed until May. The Spring Break Youth Tennis Camp is cancelled.
    • The deadline to request a withdrawal from the Summer Recreation Program or Summer Trip Camp has been extended to April 30. Refund processing fees will apply
  • Adult Programs
    • The spring session for open gym volleyball, badminton, 30+ basketball, yoga and 40+ fitness and the men's spring softball league is postponed until May
  • Active Adults 55+/Senior Programs
    • The spring session for Senior Art Class is postponed until May
    • All trips scheduled for the Out and About 55+ Shopping Bus for the month of April are cancelled
    • The Wind Creek Casino Trip for Adults 55+ on April 21 is cancelled.
    • The Cairnwood Mansion and Glencairn Museum Trip on May 7 is postponed.

If you are registered for any of the above activities, you will be contacted by our office via phone or email. Registration for spring session programs will be suspended until further notice. Residents may continue to register online for summer program offerings.

Planning Board
Phone: 908-204-3026
Email: ckiefer@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Police Department
Phone: 908-766-1122

Out of an abundance of caution over the COVID-19 national public health crisis, the police department will be making some minor changes as to how our daily business is conducted.

In an effort to continue practicing mitigation strategies by limiting close human contact, effective immediately, all citizens contacting this department to make police reports that are deemed to be non-emergency in nature will be encouraged to make the report via telephone. Examples of reports that may be taken over the phone include, but are not limited to: ID theft, fraud, police information, lost property etc.

Citizens who call police dispatch to make reports that fit the above criteria will be asked for their contact information and a police officer will contact them immediately. Police supervisors will be making their best judgements in determining if a physical response is necessary and will facilitate a response if necessary.

We encourage residents to phone in such reports and refrain from entering the police building. In the event a citizen comes to police headquarters, we will be able to accommodate your request.

Also, unfortunately at this time fingerprinting requests are being suspended for at least 30 days.

Requests for copies of police reports are encouraged to be submitted electronically, and we will continue to provide documents as required by law.

The Bernards Township Police Department has been planning and has a number of contingencies in place to ensure our ability to respond to all emergencies during this crisis. Rest assured, the police department will continue to respond to ALL emergencies, medical or otherwise, until this crisis is over.

We will keep the public apprised as to when normal operations resume in the near future.

Please see attached link for all information and concerns pertaining to COVID19
https://covid19.nj.gov/

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
Box 7068 River Road
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
24 Hrs - (609) 963-6900
FAX - (609) 530-3620
njeoc@gw.njsp.orgSEOC/#6521

Public Works
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

  • General questions/concerns, make a complaint or report a situation and to follow up on any ongoing/outstanding issues.
  • Pill Hill Recycling Center - cards will be issued via mail.
    • Property owners should submit a copy of their drivers license or proof of property ownership, email address and phone number to pillhill@bernards.org, or fax to (908) 204-9058.
    • There will also be a mailbox in the DPW/Engineering building foyer for those residents who do not have access to a computer or fax machine.
    • After the DPW office staff reviews their information, residents will be contacted and the Pill Hill card will be mailed to their address.
  • Recycling Bucket Requests The buckets will be labeled with their address and placed in the foyer of the DPW/Engineering building for pickup.
  • For information about disposal, recycling, and household hazardous waste, residents can visit the Township Website: Public Works.

The Pill Hill recycling Facility is closed until further notice.

Somerset County is now picking up curbside recycling but may have delays

Purchasing
Phone: 908-204-3157
Email: Purchasing@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

  • All request for bids, quotes and RFP’s are available to download at www.bernards.org under “Current Bids”. Until further notice, there will be no vendor contact in person by the purchasing department.

Tax Assessor
Phone: 908-204-3082
Mailing Address: One Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

The Assessor’s Office has suspended all interior inspections until further notice.

Most of our services can be accessed online on www.bernards.org

  • For Residential Square Footage and Assessment Data, please use the following link: Square Footage Information
  • Links to frequently asked questions regarding assessments, deductions & farmland, please use the following link: http://www.bernards.org/Tax%20Assessors/Document/QuestionsAnswersforAssessor.pdf
  • For a 200 Foot Property Search, please email your request to Assessor@bernards.org and either mail your $10 check, made payable to Bernards Township, to our address above, or place in the Blue Drop Box titled “Tax and Sewer Payments” located in the rear vestibule at Town Hall (1 Collyer Lane). Please make sure to note on the envelope “Attn: Assessor’s Office”
  • General questions/concerns, please email Assessor@bernards.org and please be sure to include your name & contact information or call our office at the number above and leave a detailed message. We will return your call and work to get you the information you need as soon as possible.

Tax Collector
Phone: 908-204-3080
Email: pwarren@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge NJ 07920.

Tax sale scheduled for April 22, 2020 has been cancelled. New date TBD.

  • 2020 Tax/Sewer Balances & Payments
  • As of March 23, 2020, no direction has been given by the State of New Jersey on tax due dates and interest. We will continue to update as soon as information becomes available. As of March 23, 2020, second quarter taxes due May 1, will have a grace period through Monday, May 11, 2020.
    • A blue drop box labeled "Tax & Sewer Payments" has been made available for payment drop off in the back foyer of the Town Hall building at 1 Collyer Lane.
  • You can make payments through your bank’s online pay system. If interest is due, you can view the amount due on our website. Please take into account delivery time when projecting interest amounts. Interest must be charged on accounts that are past due to the date the payment is received.

Township Committee Meetings - Township Committee

  • Watch a live Township Committee Meeting remotely
    • Cable TV – Channel 15
    • Verizon FiOS TV – Channel 35
    • Live Stream from Computer - Click Here to Watch the Meeting Live
  • To View Videos Recordings of past meetings, on the website home page, click on the picture of the Township Committee members on the right side, select the agenda for the meeting you are interested in, and click the video clip.

Zoning Officer
Phone: 908-204-2507
Email: nkoederitz@bernards.org
Mailing Address: 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Residents wishing to submit a zoning permit application should contact Nancy Koederitz. Zoning information and application forms are available here: http://www.bernards.org/Departments_Services/Planning_Zoning/Default.aspx

Additional Links for Public Information:
Somerset County Health Department
NJ Department of Health
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
World Health Organization