Mayor Canose's Update

March 26, 2021

Special Meeting on Redevelopment Projects - April 14th

The Borough received one proposal for the redevelopment of 65 Morristown Road (the former Audi dealership) and two proposals for the redevelopment of Quimby Village. These developers have been invited to a special Council meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 7 p.m. to provide a public presentation on their proposals. We will also review the next steps in the process of evaluating and selecting a developer. We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us on Zoom. The proposals will be posted on the Borough website prior to the meeting for the public to review. The Zoom link will also be available on the Borough website.

Vaccination Update

The New Jersey Department of Health has set up a senior specific hotline to assist those 75 and older in securing an appointment for vaccines. The number is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is 856-249-7007. Also, seniors can call the Somerset County COVID Hotline at 908-231-7155 to be added to the senior citizen waiting list. If you know of someone who is homebound, the County Hotline staff can make arrangements for a home vaccination.


For those who are more tech savvy, follow these two Twitter accounts: @nj_vaccine and @C19VaxxUpdates. The appointments go quickly, so set up notifications so that you will get a text, email or push alert whenever there's a new tweet about appointments. These are manned by volunteers and they recommend setting up push notifications because the text/email notifications sometimes don't work. To learn how, go to https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-turn-on-twitter-notifications. You can also join the New Jersey COVID Vaccine Info Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/891546924927251/announcements . Another volunteer group that is ready and willing to assist is wgirls.org. You can fill out a form at wgirls.org/requestforhelp.

Rental Assistance Program for Landlords

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II (CVERAP Phase II) opened on March 22 for pre-applications. The program will provide assistance for rental arrears and temporary assistance for future rent to low- and moderate-income households that have lost income due to the pandemic. For rental arrears, the tenant would apply, but the funds go directly to the landlord. Landlords can also apply on behalf of a tenant, if they have the tenant's approval. For more information on this opportunity, go to https://njdca.onlinepha.com or call the Customer Service Line at 609-490-4550.

More Mural Painting Dates Coming in April

Be sure to check the Downtown Bernardsville website for new painting dates in April. It's getting close to completion, so April will be your last opportunity! No talent required. Watch for more details on the unveiling of the completed murals, which is planned for Memorial Day.

Reducing Energy Use in Your Home

Since the onset of COVID over a year ago, 42% of Americans are working from home, resulting in a 4-7% increase in residential energy use in New York and New Jersey. What is interesting is that only 9% of home energy use goes to computers. However, one hour of Netflix watching uses 6.1 KW of electricity - enough to drive a Tesla Model S for 19 miles! The Board of Public Utilities offers a number of residential programs to help you reduce your energy use and lower your electric bill. In addition to rebates on appliances, electric vehicles, etc., they also offer appliance recycling with free pick up. Check out all the available programs at https://njcleanenergy.com/residential/home/home or read through their brochure. Some of these programs will be transitioning to the major utility companies on July 1, so check them out now.