Highlands Borough Council Approves Bond Notes and Advances Infrastructure Projects

In a recent meeting held on February 7th, 2024, the Highlands Borough Council passed several resolutions significant for the borough’s financial and infrastructural development. The council authorized the issuance and sale of Bond Anticipation Notes not exceeding $10,940,000 to the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, facilitating lower interest rates for the borough’s various projects. Moreover, the council approved change order number two for phase one of the sanitary sewer improvement project.

The Bond Anticipation Notes (Resolution R 24059), a critical financial mechanism, will consolidate the borough’s outstanding notes for various projects under the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. This move is expected to result in more favorable rates due to the pooling of resources with other towns in the county.

The advancement of the sanitary sewer improvement project was also a focal point of the meeting. Councilman Donald Melnyk expressed appreciation for the oversight provided by H2M, the project’s engineering firm, and looked forward to the project’s completion. The project is an essential part of the borough’s efforts to maintain and improve its essential services.

Additionally, the council passed a series of resolutions from R 24061 through R 2465, which included amending prior resolutions regarding contracts for professional services such as the municipal auditor, appointing fire police, and awarding contracts for engineering services for the Portland Road drainage improvement project. These actions further demonstrate the council’s steps in various administrative and operational areas.

The meeting included a report from Mayor Carolyn Broullon, providing updates on the progress made in January regarding the borough’s elementary school activities, the achievements of Highlands students, local Boy Scouts’ community projects, and developments in the Veterans Park upgrades and the sanitary sewer project. The mayor also noted receipt of partial FEMA payment towards the municipal building and anticipated progress on the Jones Creek project.

During the public portion, a resident raised ongoing concerns about erosion and the need for stronger ordinances to compel property maintenance, particularly with steep slopes. Mayor Broullon and other council members acknowledged the issue.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Carolyn Broullon
City Council Officials:
Jo-Anne Olszewski, Donald Melnyk, Karen Chelak, Leo Cervantes

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