Highlands Borough Council Meeting Spotlights Police Chief’s Honor, Town’s Growth, and Infrastructure Achievements

At the recent Highlands Borough Council meeting, the community’s advancements and recognitions took center stage. Police Chief Robert Burton received accolades for his election as the 84th president of the Monmouth County Chiefs Association, making him the first from Highlands to hold this title. The town’s economic growth was underscored by a property valuation increase to over $1.1 billion and the opening of new businesses such as Beastro Iberia. Infrastructure projects like the Water Witch Pump Station and sewer improvements were noted successes. The return of the building department and municipal court to Highlands was marked, alongside the Bronze certification for the Green Team sustainable Jersey and aspirations for Silver certification.

The elevation of Police Chief Robert Burton to the helm of the Monmouth County Chiefs Association was a moment of pride for the council and community. This historical moment for Highlands was emphasized by the council, indicating the importance of leadership and service recognized at a county level.

The Highlands Borough Council also celebrated the creativity and achievement of one of its young residents. Russell Cashman, a junior at MAST on Sandy Hook, was commended for his artistic design of the USS New Jersey commissioning coin.

A focus on economic development and growth emerged as a central theme of the council meeting. The borough’s property valuation surge to over $1.1 billion indicates a robust economic trajectory for Highlands. The council expressed optimism about the positive impact of economic growth on the community, punctuated by the opening of Beastro Iberia and the anticipation of other new businesses setting up in the area.

Another point of discussion was the successful return of the building department and municipal court to Highlands, with the construction official commencing work on December 1. The first court date in the building was scheduled for January 16th, symbolizing a step towards enhanced municipal services and governance.

The council proudly announced the Highlands and Monmouth Hills Flood Mitigation and Green Infrastructure Project’s substantial grant award, marking it as the largest received by a single municipality in New Jersey. This funding victory was attributed to the support from different levels of government and key individuals, and it is expected to further bolster the town’s resilience and sustainability efforts.

Moreover, the council acknowledged the progress made in infrastructure projects, with the near completion of the Water Witch Pump Station and ongoing sanitary sewer project. The council also expressed its intention to pave certain roads and complete Veterans Park as part of continuing efforts to enhance local infrastructure.

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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