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  • Q:How do I know in advance what items will be on the agenda?
  • A: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.
  • Q:How can I find out what happened at a meeting?
  • A: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.
  • Q:I want to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.  What is the procedure to follow?
  • A: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.
  • Q:There are more than five people seated at the dais.  Who are they and what is their role?
  • A:The Township Administrator 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, Denise Szabo, is the secretary to the municipal corporation and governing body, administrative officer of elections and licensing, and the records manager for the Township.
  • Q:How can I contact a Committee Member?
  • A: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 ""
  • Q:Do members of the Township Committee get paid?
  • A:Yes. 2015 annual salaries: Mayor $6000; committee members $5300.
  • Q:I want to become more involved in local government.  How do I begin?
  • A: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.