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Public Works

The Public Works Department consists of the Road Department and the Sewer Department.

Garbage disposal is the responsibility of the resident and they must contract with a private waste hauler for pickup.

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Bernardsville suspended the Borough's Spring Curbside Garbage Pickup in 2010. Economic conditions and budget constraints led to this decision by the governing body. Residents are encouraged to contact their private waste hauler to arrange for disposal of bulk waste.

Recycling for the Borough is handled by Somerset County.

For water service inquiries contact NJ American Water Company at 1-800-652-6987 (1-800-NJ AM WTR): For customers whose accounts begin with 18: 1-800-272-1325: For customers whose accounts begin 52, 53, 54, 55: E-mail: infonj@amwater.com.

To report a Street Light out go to the First Energy website.

Road Department

The Bernardsville Road Department has many responsibilities and provides a number of services, including but not limited to the following:

  • Maintenance and repair of 53 miles of Borough streets and roads
  • Plowing and salting of roads during the winter
  • Clearing road shoulders of vegetation
  • Tree removals for site distance at road intersections
  • Storm sewer system maintenance and catch basin repair
  • Operation of the Borough compost facility
  • Maintenance of Borough buildings and grounds
  • Maintenance, service and repair of all Borough vehicles and equipment including police vehicles
  • Installation and replacement of street signs and regulatory signs
  • Preparation for Borough events
  • Clean up storm damage
  • Set up detours for tree work, road reconstruction, vehicle accidents, etc.
  • Sweep streets and roads
  • Leaf collection
  • On call around the clock for emergencies, including sewer problems
  • Most employees are Fire or First Aid personal

To find out who maintains the roads in the Borough, please refer to the Road List.

Five (5) Year Road Repair Plan

For further information regarding seasonal items, general information, and policies, please refer to:

Sewer Department

The Bernardsville Sewer Department has many responsibilities and provides a number of services, including but not limited to the following:

  • Maintenance and operation of wastewater treatment plant
  • Maintenance and operation of sewer collection system consisting of 19 miles of sewer main, 540 manholes, and 6 pumping stations
  • Grease traps inspection of commercial property
  • On call around the clock for sewer blockages and other emergencies
  • Assist with leaf collection and snow plowing

The homeowner is responsible for the sewer laterals from the house to the Borough sewer main.

In the event of a sewer backup, please call the Road Department @ 908-766-3000 (Ext. 126) or the Police Dispatch @ 908-766-0037. The Road Department will inspect the town manholes to check for a blocked sewer main and unclog the blockage if it exists. If no blockage exists in the town sewer main, the homeowner is responsible for unclogging the blockage.

For the Environmental Stormwater Management Ordinances, please refer to the following:

2018 Household Clean-Up Day

Free Household Clean-up Day for private residences, multi-family dwellings, apartment units and churches only on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Bernardsville Landfill Facility from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents will be allowed to dispose of one pick-up truck or van of material free of charge.  Residents must provide proof of residency in order to access the facility.

Tree Debris Chip/Removal

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The Road Department will be coming around to chip/remove tree debris that fell along Borough roadways (not County and not State roads).

We will only be removing debris that fell into the Borough right of way (ROW) or is from Borough trees (those within ROW). On most Borough roads the ROW is a total of 50' wide or 25' from the road centerline. Below is a sheet that lists the exceptions.

We will not be chipping/removing tree debris that residents drag to the road edge from their yards. If we cannot determine which Borough tree the debris is from, we will not be picking it up.

Since the damage is so widespread, it will take us weeks to make it around to all of our roads.

The Compost Facility on Pill Hill Road will be open to receive tree debris on Sat. 3/17, 3/24 and every Saturday after April 7 between 9:00 am - 2:30 pm.

Thank you for your assistance and patience during this clean-up effort.

Bernardsville Borough Road Right of Ways (ROW)      
Unless noted below, all Borough Roads have a 50' ROW      
       
      ROW
Road From To Width (Feet)
Anderson Hill Rd. #161 Dana Place 66
Ballantine Road Pfizer Mendham 40
Bell Terrace Entire   35
Bodnar Street * Consult Tax Map   33/13
Boylan Terrace Entire   40
Burrows Ave Entire   40
Campbell Road Entire   33
Center Street Entire   40
Chapin Rd. Entire   33
Church Street Entire   29.5
Conkling Ave Entire   40
Dayton Street Entire   40
Dobbs Street #7 #12 40
Garibaldi Street Entire   30
Grove Street Entire   30
Hill Street Entire   30
Jockey Hollow Rd Hardscrabble Cross Estate 66
Maple Street Entire   30
Mine Avenue Entire   30
Morrison Ave. Entire   40
Mullens Lane Bell Terrace Old Army Rd 40
Olcott Avenue Entire   60
Olcott Lane Entire   30
Orchard Hill Road Entire   40
Orchard Street Entire   40
Park Lane Entire   33
Pennington Ave Entire   40
Ravine Lane Road Entire   33
Stevens Lane Entire   33
Thompson Street Entire   30
West Street #7 #30 30
Wesley Avenue *Consult Tax Map   33/20

 

Household Hazardous Waste Days 2018

Attention all Somerset County homeowners and farmers:

There will be five scheduled days for Household Hazardous Waste Drop-offs, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that materials accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Days are NOT the same as those accepted at 1st Saturday of the Month Drop-off Days. Waste will not be accepted from commercial vehicles. For dates, locations, and a full list of accepted and not accepted items see below.

  • March 17th - Bernards Township Public Works Garage
                          277 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge
     
  • April 21st - Warren Township Public Works Garage
                        1 Bardy Rd., Warren
     
  • June 16th - Franklin Township Senior Community Center
                       Parking Lot 
                       505 DeMott Lane, Somerset
     
  • September 22nd - Branchburg Township Public Works Garage
                                  34 Kenbury Rd. Branchburg
     
  • October 20 -  South County Public Works Garage
                          410 Roycefield Rd. Hillsborough

2018-2019 Somerset County Operation Shred Schedule

Attention Somerset County Residents:

Have your confidential papers professionally shredded on site by a licensed and bonded shredding company during Operation Secure Shred. Events will take place on ten Saturdays in 2018 to 2019.

Operation Secure Shred is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in cooperation with the County Department of Public Works. All events run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the trucks are filled, rain or shine.

A valid NJ driver’s license to confirm Somerset County residency is required. Residents can bring a combination of up to six bags, containers or boxes per trip. No businesses allowed.

Please find a copy of the 2018-2019 Somerset County Operation Secure Shred schedule below.