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The Bernardsville Borough Council is the governing body of the municipality and is comprised of elected officials. They establish the laws and policies for the Township. An elected Bernardsville Borough Council member serves a three year term.
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    Karen J. Gardner (Rep) Educator, business owner

  • Thomas O'Dea (Dem)

  • William Youngblood (Rep)

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    Christine Zamarra (Dem) Financial Advisor Assistant

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What do you consider the most important challenges facing your municipality? What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges? Lastly, how do you intend to address these challenges?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and please explain why you believe this is so.

A municipality has two budgets - the annual operating budget and a capital budget. What are your priorities for each of these budgets? Please specifically address whether the previous year's goals are goals you think are properly identified as priorities.

Qualifications/Experience Educator, entrepreneur, serves on Bernardsville Borough Planning Bd, Open Space and Recreation Advisory Cmte. Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee, active in local, state and federal Republican organizations; Honors Graduate of Kutztown University
Campaign Address 131 Post Kunhardt Road Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Campaign Email karengard1@verizon.net
Affordable Housing requirements and solutions, Open Space and recreational land purchases, keeping tax rates low, attract businesses and retail establishments to our town, upgrading and encouraging smart downtown development. My experience on the Planning Board and Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee gives me unique insight into creative and common sense solutions to these challenges. As an entrepreneurial business woman I bring a wealth of business experience and am able to work well with people to get the job done.
I believe the less regulations, the more the Borough will grow and prosper. Make it easier for smart growth in business and residential developments to increase our tax base. There is always room for examining municipal spending for waste and redundancy, i.e., shared services.
Our municipality has a double AAA Bond rating. I believe the previous year's goals are reasonable and have identified priorities. Examination of an in depth review of the municipal budgeting process will be one of my goals.
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Qualifications/Experience Mother of three, active member of Bernardsville Green Team, Mayor's Wellness Campaign, Home School Associations, OLPH Parish
Campaign Address 64 Maple Avenue Morristown, NJ 07960
Website Www.bernardsvilledemocrats.org
The important challenges are to improve our open spaces, our parks, our playgrounds, and also around making our downtown a place that residents want to visit, making it walkable and enjoyable. In the years that I have lived here it is apparent that a series of poorly thought out decisions have led to a great loss of the treelined downtown and roads that residents who live here are sorely missing. The development process is not consistent with what is written in our master plan, there are too many variances being granted for projects that are not keeping in character with this town's legacy. We have historic buildings, gorgeous architecture, and beautiful landscapes, and we need to preserve, and protect these assets. I have a college degree, and 20 years of experience in the world of finance. These years have taught me how to effectively communicate with multiple groups and people in order to make decisions that are for the good of the community. I am qualified to help bring back community engagement, and have experience with multiple committees and volunteer groups so that I can spark people's interest in becoming more involved and more engaged. Healthy communities thrive from people being involved and welcoming their input.
Updated parking ordinances need to be brought forth, as well as to revisit the zoning and make changes as needed. Some areas are zoned for business and should not be, some areas are zoned to have too many sub-divisions, and very little front yard setbacks. The zoning map hasn't been re-visited in far too long.

The rules for how to spend open space funds and the tree fund ordinances are well written, but can be re-visited as wel to make sure that they are being followed.
I feel it is most important to solicit community input on budget priorities, I think this has been lacking in past years. Ask people what is important to them as far as how to prioritize what gets done and what doesn't. We will deliver an annual state-of-the town address, explaining priorities, needs, and vision, and ensure ample opportunity for public comment.

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