Highlands Borough Council Approves Inspectors, Plans for Sewer Improvement and Tree Protection

The recent Highlands Borough Council meeting saw the approval of several appointments and the progression of important local projects. Among the most noteworthy items were the permanent appointment of patrolman, the approval of Steve Winters as subcode official inspector, plans for the phase one sanitary sewer improvement project, and upcoming adjustments to local tree protection ordinances.

The council meeting, held on December 20th, 2023, confirmed the permanent appointment of a patrolman and Steve Winters as subcode official inspector.

A notable item discussed was the discussion surrounding the phase one sanitary sewer improvement project. Council members addressed a question about the State House Commission pre-application for Snug Harbor Park, explaining that the application related to a pump station project on parkland. Due to the park’s inclusion on the Green Acres list, due to improvements made using State and Borough funds, the project requires Green Acres approval.

The meeting also revealed plans to introduce changes to tree removal ordinances by the end of the first quarter of 2024. The council revealed that the Department of Environmental Protection is requiring adjustments to local ordinances regarding tree removal. This move aims to prevent future issues like those caused by the absence of on-site building department officers.

Further, the council passed ordinances to amend the establishment of privately owned salt storage and to designate restricted parking in front of residences occupied by people with disabilities. The council also discussed the installation of a sound barrier or visual barrier around the local skateboard park, with plans for planting trees in the spring.

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, Thomas A. Arnone (Director), Susan Kiley (Deputy Director), Lillian G. Burry, Nick DiRocco, Ross Licitra

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