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

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UPDATE – BREAK REPAIRED – JUNE 23, 2017 – 1 A.M.
WATER MAIN BREAK – JUNE 22, 2017 – 7:13 P.M. – CHURCH ST.
A water main break has been reported on Church St.
The Department of Works is aware and working on the issue.

DOCUMENT SHREDDING AND RIGID PLASTIC RECYCLING
Saturday, June 24th – 9am to 11am at Union Forge Park

HIGH BRIDGE MURAL DEDICATION – SAT., JUNE 17TH AT 11:00 AM

The McDonald Street Parking Lot located in the center of Main Street is becoming an increasingly attractive place thanks to the efforts of artist, Eileen Bonacci. 

More than two years ago, Councilwoman Lynn Hughes spear headed a beautification effort along with local resident, Michele Schwartz. They believed that places like this parking lot were ideal, and that sentiment was shared by both the Borough Cultural & Heritage Committee and Environmental Committee. 

The mural depicts High Bridge’s long past and showing the community’s strong environmental connection and commitment. The center panel features a painting of the American Hotel that once stood on that very site. Additionally, there are paintings of the historic Solitude House and Solitude Falls and a pair of bald eagles that happen to frequent Lake Solitude. 

The artist, Eileen Bonacci, who resides in Berkeley Heights, volunteered to paint this mural free of labor charges. Paint and other supplies were covered by a grant received by the Borough Environmental Committee. 

Although Ms. Bonacci lives in another community, she spends a great deal of her time in High Bridge visiting her daughter and her family. She has said that she wanted to give something back to the town that she has come to love. 

“I could tell from Eileen’s preliminary sketches that she understood what High Bridge is all about and her work would reflect who we are. I love her enthusiasm and her work ethic. Council was truly impressed with the quality of her work, the way she painted the Solitude Falls and Solitude House was exactly what we envisioned,” said Councilwoman Hughes. 

“Ms. Bonacci continues to show great generosity to the Borough. Recently, she donated water color mural paintings to the Borough Library and the Borough cannot thank her enough,” concluded Councilwoman Hughes. 

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The mural dedication will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the McDonald Street Parking Lot in High Bridge, New Jersey. The public is welcome to attend.

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PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
 
The final results of the primary election can be viewed online here soon after the polls close June 6, 2017. The link for results is located on the right side of the page: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/countyclerk.htm

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


Spring Brush Pick Up Begins May 22, 2017

The Borough Department of Public Works will begin the annual Spring brush pick up on Monday, May 22, 2017.
Property owners are asked to place brush out in the next few days so that your brush can be picked up. DPW will go through the Borough once so, it is important that you are prepared in advance.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.

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.


Official Primary Election Sample Ballot

Tuesday, June 6th is the primary election at the High Bridge Fire House, 7 Maryland Avenue, High Bridge.
Please click here to view the sample ballot.

High Bridge Seeking Qualified Companies to Submit Proposal to Purchase Water Utility

The Mayor and Council approved the plan to seek proposals from qualified companies interested in purchasing the Borough’s water utility. The deadline for submissions is June 14, 2017. The entire bid notice can be viewed here.


Cregar Road Closed Periodically Due to Utility Work – May 2017

Cregar Road will be closed periodically in May 2017, due to utility work related to the installation of natural gas service to residences.
 

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.


Laura Tullo Receives Green Award from High Bridge

Mark Desire, Laura Tullo, and Lynn Hughes (from left to right)

Laura Tullo is the 2016 recipient of the High Bridge Environmental Commission’s annual Green Award.  An environmentally conscientious resident, Laura picks up litter daily as she walks around the borough streets and especially along the Columbia Trail. 


“I’m for High Bridge” Leaders Present Check to Mayor and Council – January 26, 2017

Almost forty years ago, the “I’m for High Bridge” Committee was formed. It was organized with the sole purpose of making High Bridge a better place to live. These individuals, and many others over the years, dedicated many hours to enhance the community even in times of distress.

Kathy Conroy, Jim Conroy, Bill Anderson, and Paul Lipani are pictured here at the Borough Hall the evening they presented the check to the Mayor and Council. These funds will be used for a sign at the new Borough Hall on West Main Street.


Elizabethtown Gas Co. Info Meeting Held November 30 – Residents Urged to Take On-line Survey

As part of the installation of the natural gas line along Cregar Road and Cokesbury Road, Elizabethtown Gas Company held an informational meeting at the High Bridge Fire House on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
 
Interested individuals learned about the possibility of obtaining natural gas service for properties. Company representatives were present to respond to questions but want to remind property owners to complete an on-line survey where interest in natural gas service can be expressed. The link to the survey is www.elizabethtowngas.com/highbridge.
 
Company representatives may plan another information meeting.

Recycling Schedule Change

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.


Information Session on  October 13, 2016 Council Meeting – Cregar Road Improvement Project

The Elizabethtown Gas Company (“EGC”) has begun installing gas mains within Cregar Road and Cokesbury Road as part of a regional interconnection project with other existing gas systems in the area. This project will also allow EGC to offer individual gas service to any interested residents on Cregar Road and Cokebury Road.

Representatives from EGC were present at the October 13th  Borough Council meeting and  discussed the project in more detail and answered any questions raised. This meeting of the Mayor and Council was held on October 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the High Bridge Firehouse located at 7 Maryland Avenue.

The gas main installation commenced on November 14th and work will take several months to complete. EGC will provide an updated construction schedules periodically.

During this time, the road will be under a detour (i.e. closed to thru-traffic) – similar to what has been in place over the summer and early fall while the roadway work to Cregar Road was taking place. In addition, since the Borough Ordinance does not allow excavations or openings in newly reconstructed streets for a five (5) year period following the completion of the improvements, all of Cregar Road (from the railroad overpass – near Buffalo Hollow Road to Co. Rt. 513 – Fairview Ave.) will be milled and repaved by EGC’s contractor after the new gas mains are installed.  On the section of Cregar Road from West Main Street to the municipal boundary near the golf course entrance, the roadway will be chip sealed (i.e. tar and chip).  On Cokesbury Road, EGC’s contractor will be repairing the roadway with a chip seal material similar to what exists today.  This roadway restoration work is tentatively scheduled to take place sometime in Spring 2017, once the weather improves.

If you have an interest in connecting your residence to the new gas main, you should contact the gas company as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements. Once the roadways are repaved in the springtime, they will again be under a five (5) year restriction which prohibits any disturbance to the pavement surface except in an emergency.

Prior to the start of any work, EGC will be issuing a notice advising you of the times and dates that the work will be performed.

If have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Borough Engineer, William Burr, at wburr@maserconsulting.com or (908) 238-0900.

 


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.