Hopewell Township awards professional service contracts

Two attorneys and one environmental firm chosen

By John Tredrea
   The Township Committee voted 4-0 Monday to award professional service contracts for 2006 to two attorneys and one environmental firm.
   Voting in favor were Mayor Vanessa Sandom, Deputy Mayor David Sandahl and committee members John Murphy and Judy Niederer. Mark Iorio was absent.
   Downzoning defense attorney Howard Cohen, based in Lawrence, was awarded a contract under which he may be paid a maximum of $200,000.
   Robert Casey, based in Lawrence, was awarded a contract stipulating a maximum of $5,000 for his work as Zoning Board of Adjustment attorney
   The TRC Omni Environmental Corp., based in Princeton, was awarded a contract stipulating a maximum payment of $6,000 for potable water monitoring services.
   IN OTHER BUSINESS, the committee voted to approve a sewer connection for the property at 18 Brandon Road, which has a severely malfunctioning septic system. The property is to be connected to ELSA (Ewing-Lawrence Sewerage Authority), which serves the Brandon Farms development.
   The committee also voted to appoint two alternate members to the township Environmental Commission. They are Gale Downey of Wargo Road, for a two-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2007, and Mark Smith of New Road, to a one-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2006.
   The committee also voted to change, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. the starting time for its agenda meeting, held on the first Monday of each month.