Highlands Council Approves New Appointments and Major Infrastructure Upgrades

The recent meeting of the Highlands Borough Council yielded decisions regarding community infrastructure and staffing. The council approved several new appointments and discussed upgrades to the borough’s facilities and public spaces.

The council green-lit several appointments to key roles. Among these were Justin McLung as building subcode official inspector, Michael Winch as Plumbing subcode official inspector, Jay Everett as electrical subcodes official inspector, Courtney Lopez as zoning officer, and Alicia Jones as technical assistant to the construction official. Sandra AES was also appointed as Court Administrator.

The council also passed a strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance grant for the fiscal year 2025 and approved the submission of a grant application to the NJ DCA’s American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant. As of the end of November, the borough had accrued a total of $15,347,598 in grants.

In terms of infrastructure, the Bay Avenue EV charging station is operational, although still requires some administrative work. The station can only charge fully electric vehicles due to its three-phase electricity supply. Two new water fountains have also been installed at Huddy and Veterans Park, and will be operational in spring 2024.

Significant progress was reported on the Water Witch Pump Station project. The backup generator has been installed and the project is expected to be completed before Christmas. The council also plans to repave all roads after sewer testing is completed.

Mayor Carolyn Broullon reported that work has started on upgrades to Veteran Park, including the installation of a chess table, two picnic tables with charging ports, solar lighting, and resurfacing of the basketball court. The council is also planning to reconstruct Bayside and Marine in March, with the aid of a grant of over $246,000.

The council is also working on several grant-aided projects for 2024, including improvements to the Overlook Park, Marine Place Walkway East, Frank Hall Park, and the North and Valley Street stations. Mayor Broullon said the borough had secured a $1.3 million grant from New Jersey Local Transportation Projects for these developments.

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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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