Borough of High Bridge ~ 97 West Main Street, High Bridge, NJ ~ Phone: 908.638.6455 ~ Fax: 908-638-9374

Borough Hall Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATES FOR 09/15/2017

Planned utility work in the area that is anticipated to cause significant traffic congestion. 

Monday 9/18/17 thru Wednesday 9/20/17 7AM-3:30PM (approximately)

  • McDonald Street between Center Street and Washington Avenue will be closed to all traffic due to utility work.  Traffic will be detoured at Arch Street and Center Street.  The post office will be open and accessible from McDonald Street west of the construction site (Center Street side) as well as the Center Street parking lot will be open.
  • Main Street between Church Street and Vansyckle Place is anticipated to be limited to one lane traffic as determined by site excavation needs, possibly resulting in complete area closure.  In the event of a complete closure of the area, traffic will be detoured to the existing Mill Street route of Cregar Road to West Main Street.

As you are aware current road construction projects underway have caused road closures for the Cregar Road project between Rt. 31 and West Main Street, along with the Mill Street project between McDonald Street and Church Street.  The current detour established is West Main Street to Cregar Road.  Vehicular traffic is expected to experience significant traffic delays and should plan accordingly.

Cregar Road will be closed beginning today between West Main Street and the municipal boundary near the golf course, for the installation of a new water main and road reconstruction. Local traffic will be permitted to access the properties in the impacted section of Cregar Road.

 LEAF & BRUSH DROP OFF AT THE COMMONS, PICK UP BAGS, TOO

We previously announced that residents of High Bridge can drop off paper bags of leaves or brush at the Commons Park on specific Saturdays beginning this month. The hours are 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on the following dates: September 23, October 14 & 28 and November 4 & 18.
Additionally, the Borough will begin offering 20 free leaf bags if residents wish to rake and bag their own leaves. Once filled, residents will be able to deliver them to the Commons or the bags will be picked up by DPW when the fall leaf pick up program begins. The curb-side pick up schedule will be announced soon.
Leaf bags can be picked up this Saturday, September 23rd at the Commons Park between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Residents will need to provide proof of residency to the DPW official distributing the bags.

If you have questions, please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.


UNION FORGE PARK GAZEBO GETS SPRUCED UP BY VOLUNTEERS

Four Borough residents recently volunteered their time to weed around and give the gazebo an overall sprucing up — just in time for the Opening Day of Youth Soccer and Community Day on September 9th.

The Borough greatly appreciates the efforts of Council President Chris Zappa, Councilman Keir LoIacono , Jack Torkildsen,  Ruddy Alvarez and Tyler Zappa. Their work included weeding, trimming bushes, planting fall flowers and partially painting the gazebo.


CREGAR ROAD AND COKESBURY ROAD – RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

As a result of the new gas mains that were installed along Cregar Road and Cokebury Road, Elizabethtown Gas Company (ETG) has re-paved Cregar Road (entire width) from the NJ Transit bridge (near Buffalo Hollow Road) to the intersection with Fairview Avenue (County Route 513).  ETG will also be re-paving the trench where the gas main was installed on Cokebury Road from Fairview Avenue (Co. Rt. 513) to the municipal boundary line (to the east).  The restoration of Cregar Road was completed on August 21, 2107. The first phase of the restoration of Cokesbury Road will begin on September 11, 2017 but should take only two days to complete with the second phase beginning of September 25th.  During this time, Cokesbury Road will be closed to thru-traffic (only local traffic and emergency vehicles will be allowed).  All other vehicular traffic will need to follow the established detour signage during this time. Other Borough roads will see improvements later in September as well.

The Borough Engineer prepared a detailed summary and a road detour map both of which
can be read if you click hereIf you have any questions, please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455

PROPERTY TAX UPDATE

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-64(4), the grace period for payment of the 3rd quarter installment has been extended to August 25th. Any payment received after this date shall be charged interest back to August 1st. Council has passed a Resolution in relation.Click here to view.


SUMMER REC VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED BY MAYOR DESIRE AND COUNCIL

Volunteerism is alive and well in High Bridge! The annual Summer Recreation program was a great success with approximately 140 children attending. This two week event is coordinated by numerous very dedicated Borough residents and the young people taking part had a wonderful time once again.

The event culminated with the Fire Department arriving for some fun in the sun for the participants and the Borough is very thankful for our volunteer fire fighter’s willingness to help make the conclusion of this year’s event one of the highlights.

Mayor Mark Desire and the Borough Council formally recognized the volunteers at a recent Council meeting.

 


HIGH BRIDGE VOTERS TO CONSIDER WATER UTILITY SALE

The Mayor and Council held two meetings in July where the potential sale of the Borough Water Utility will be discussed and considered.

A special meeting was held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 where American Water made a brief presentation and responded to questions from the Council. Members of the public attended this meeting, listened to the presentation and question and answer session for the Council members and posed questions themselves.

The July 13th meeting was an informational opportunity prior to the first decision at the regular Council meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The decision that the Council made is to introduce an ordinance to place a public question on the November 2017 general election ballot where High Bridge voters will make the final determination about whether or not the Borough sells the water utility. The ordinance was approved at the Council meeting on August 17, 2017 after a public hearing. Other regular business will be transacted then, too.

Additional information will be forthcoming and information meetings will be held leading up to November to assist Borough voters have their questions answered before voting. There will be four Town Hall meetings scheduled for this purpose — on September 14 at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at the Fire House, and on October 7 at 10:00 AM and October 17 at 7:30 PM at the Elementary School. Please click here for additional information on the Borough web site related to this matter.

For additional information, please contact Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.


 MAYOR MARK DESIRE HOSTS “COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR” AT COMMUNITY DAY
 
Mayor Mark Desire will host “Coffee with the Mayor” on Saturday, September 9, 2107 from 9:00-11:00 AM at Union Forge Park where he and others will be preparing for Community Day. The public is invited to attend and have the chance to speak with Mayor Desire about things related to the Borough of High Bridge. If anyone has any questions or requires information regarding the Borough, feel free to call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.

RESIDENT APPRECIATION DAY AT HIGH BRIDGE HILLS GOLF CLUB
 
The July 28th resident appreciation day at the golf course was a great success! Many High Bridge residents attended and enjoyed the activities offered. Additional details to follow.

High Bridge featured on BuzzFeed
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“You’ll think you’ve dreamed up the village of High Bridge
where you begin this hike — that’s how darn adorable it is.”


10th Annual Soap Box Derby – May 20, 2017

10th Annual Derby winners

1st – Tais Pendergast Fisher, 2nd – Logan Zappa, 3rd – Ally Moore, Crowd Favorite – Mason Stuck, Best Looking – Kyle Borgh, Most Original – Mason Stuck


Utility Fee Changes for 2017

As part of the annual budget process, the Borough of High Bridge reviews the financial condition and any of the physical improvements required for the efficient functioning of the three utilities operated by the Borough – water, sewer and solid waste.

Each year utility fees are set by the governing body as part of this budget process. The age and need for continuous upkeep of the water utility system has required numerous repairs from many water main breaks in the community. The Borough quickly makes these repairs either by Borough Department of Public Works employees or by a local contractor. In every instance, a rapid response is the goal and is usually met successfully.

The water utility fee was increased and the sewer fee was decreased. The average water usage in a household is 15,000 gallons per quarter which would mean a quarterly increase of $37.52 and the sewer fee decrease is $10.00 per quarter. Trash utility fee remains the same at $60.00 per quarter.

The Borough attempts to operate these utilities in a cost effective manner. These decisions were not made lightly, were based upon historical experience and would not have been raised if it were not deemed necessary. The budget reflects the expenses anticipated for the coming year, which is not an exact science because we cannot predict the extent of any emergency repairs that might be required.

We welcome your questions, concerns and suggestions and will do our best to respond as thoroughly as possible.

 


Hunterdon County Officials Presented Economic Development Program on February 23rd

Mayor Mark Desire and the Borough Council hosted a special presentation from Hunterdon County officials at the Council meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Click here to view the presentation.

The primary focus was the County’s directive on economic development. Hunterdon County Freeholder Suzanne Legay and Director of Economic Development, Marc Saluk, were the featured speakers.

Borough officials have been working hard to position High Bridge to be one of Hunterdon County’s most attractive locations. High Bridge is a wonderful place to live, raise a family and start and grow a business. It is important to have policies that allow for this while ensuring that our environment remains protected. Additionally, exploring the establishment of internship programs, perhaps, in conjunction with a business incubator will take place, too.

 


Recycling Schedule Change

Update – The recycling schedule can be found on the calendar for the rest of 2017.

Pickup of recyclables will still be every other Friday but now it depends on where you are located. Our recycling provider (Premier) can no longer do the entire borough in one day, so they will split the Borough in half– Northwest and Southeast of the river. Pickup dates for the northwest will be 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, etc. Pickup dates for the southeast will be 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, etc. Please check the online map for locations and the calendar for continued schedule. We appreciate your patience as we implement this change.recycle-map


Events Committee – Looking for volunteers

Click here for information about volunteering for the Events Committee.


Nature and Community Living Abound in the Borough of High Bridge

A Place Where Residents and Businesses Can Thrive

Nestled in the northern section of Hunterdon County, the Borough of High Bridge is a quaint, small town, abundant in outdoor recreational opportunities. A strong sense of camaraderie exudes from its caring, involved residents who support numerous community events throughout the year. Others are attracted to the Borough to enjoy its open space and varied, plentiful natural resources. Permeated with values of yesteryear and forward-looking in its approach, High Bridge calls residents, visitors and businesses to experience all the Borough has to offer.

Young families are drawn to this close-knit community and its highly-rated schools, youth sports programs, and Borough-sponsored family and community activities. Outdoor enthusiasts can take in a round of golf at The High Bridge Hills Golf Club or enjoy the Columbia Trail, a 7-mile, flat trail which starts at the Borough Commons. Many come to bike, jog or walk the Columbia Trial.

Scenic views at Ken Lockwood Gorge, the South Branch of the Raritan River, and Lake Solitude more than satisfy a nature lover’s quest for serenity. Fishing spots are numerous along the span of the South Branch, with a notable, premier fly fishing area in the Ken Lockwood Gorge.

High Bridge sponsors many activities geared towards families such as the summer movies and concert series, a weekly farmers’ market, the annual Pooch Parade, the Annual Soap Box Derby and Community Day festivities.

Founded in February 1898, American history abounds in High Bridge as well. The Borough boasts many historical buildings, among them Solitude House, abutting Lake Solitude, circa 1725 or earlier, and the Taylor-Wharton Iron and Steel Company ( TISCO) Building. High Bridge’s historic past is plentiful for history buffs to absorb and explore.

Conveniently located along New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line, High Bridge is a short distance to major highways (Interstate 78 and Routes 22 and 31), making it ideally suited for commuters who, at the end of the workday, leave the hustle of more-densely populated urban areas behind for the Borough’s scenic, rolling hills and peaceful setting along the South branch of the Raritan River.

Businesses can take advantage of both the high income and skilled labor pool accessible in High Bridge and its surrounding communities. The Borough’s quaint downtown is zoned to accommodate such enterprises as retail shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, and bed and breakfast lodgings. A commercial area can accommodate everything from manufacturing and repair services to office complexes, banks and other such institutions.

High Bridge, a quintessential small town, is a place where residents and businesses alike can thrive, but it’s not a location or a destination – it’s a way of life. Come check us out.


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