Building a Better Bernards
- A Bernards for the Future: Investment, Infrastructure, Safety, Sustainable Budgets
- A Bernards for the Everyone: Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, Housing
- A Bernards for Small Business: Support local businesses, Revitalize Business Districts, Establish an Economic Development Commission
- A Bernards for the People: Transparency, Municipal Services, Stabilize Taxes, Positive Change
Sustainable Community Investment
We will work creatively to accommodate the federal and state housing mandates. No more “builder’s remedy.” Through proactive and creative thinking, we will endeavor that Bernards Township meet all of its affordable housing requirements going forward without being forced into projects that our residents do not support and that may be detrimental to our community. Many times, affordable housing helps house police, teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians so they can live close to where they work.
Transparency is the keystone of trust in local government! The election of Joan Bannan in 2018 coincided with the establishment of four new task forces: Communications, Affordable Housing, Vision 2020, and Quarry Oversight. These were in response to bi-partisan demand for greater transparency. The democratic influence broke open this single party rule to enable a more diverse group of citizens.
Prioritize the safety and security — both physical and digital security — of all residents and township assets. We have strong connections with the Somerset County Sheriff and support our local first responders; new ideas can be presented and shared easily.
Improve and maintain our infrastructure so roads are safe, have proper lighting, better sidewalks, better safety for bicyclists and solutions to local morning congestion. We will work with the new Utility Advisory Task Force concerning power outages/disruptions and internet service. We will work to ensure that our residents’ tax dollars are being used efficiently to improve our quality of life. We will apply for grants from the County and State to assist us in improving our town.
Diversity leads to better decision making! Cultural, Ethnical, Gender, and Cognitive diversity create better and faster decision making, positive change, and added value for the community it serves. We are committed to ensuring that all residents are represented regardless of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, LGBTQ+, and any level of emotional or physical ability. We will ensure that our township governance is transparent and accessible. Platforms like Zoom and YouTube have helped bring our town’s meetings to those residents that cannot attend in person. And those options should be expanded even more. We will continue to work with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and make sure their work is validated and shared with all residents.