A slew of important topics are on the table for the Washington Township Committee to discuss Wednesday night at the governing body’s regular work session.
To kick off the meeting, Mayor Ken Short will provide an update about road and bridge projects throughout Washington Township. This year, nearly half a million dollars was poured into paving projects, including a $180,000 Department of Transportation grant used for Old Farmers Road.
A major point of contention, however, is the replacement of the Newburgh Road Bridge, which will close Newburgh Road between Schooley’s Mountain and Rt. 57 in Mansfield. Traffic will be detoured around the area for as much as a year.
Also up for discussion is the possibility of funding and installing a generator at the Long Valley Fire Company building on Fairview Avenue. During major storms in recent years – Hurricane Irene, Super Storm Sandy, Nor’easter of 2011 – the building has lost power for days at a time, hindering the department’s responsiveness.
The problem, however, is a potential move of the building to a lot on West Mill Road – an idea that’s been batted around for years. The generator would need to be moveable if purchased.
The meeting is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. The committee’s regular session is currently scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.