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.


Brush pick up will begin on Monday, October 23, 2017 and continue for the remainder of that week. Residents that have brush to be picked up should put it out by 7:00 AM on the 23rd. Once DPW has passed your residence, they will not return for brush pick up until the next scheduled week in November, which will be announced soon. Brush is not to be placed on the roadway. Please place brush at the edge of the lawn, which is pursuant to storm management regulations. Brush must be ready for pick-up the night before or before 7:00 AM on October 23rd. Please have the cut ends of the brush facing the street. DO NOT place leaves or other yard debris on the brush pile as it will be left. Additionally, residents can drop off brush or bags of leaves at the Commons on October 28November 4 and 18 between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. If you have any questions please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.


Washington Ave / Mill St intersection will be closed today between McDonald St and Union Forge Park. The park is open and accessible.

275th Anniversary of Taylor-Wharton
 Foundry Festival Parade – October 14, 2017
Leading the parade are  (left to right) Council President Chris Zappa, Mayor Mark Desire, Councilwoman Lynn Hughes and Councilwoman Adrienne Shipps
Saturday Events
Foundry Festival Street Fair on Main Street
10 a.m. – Sidewalk Sales – shops and vendors – Custom Alloy Open House (advance registration required) – Metal Work displays – Smelting and sand casting – Forging
11 a.m. – Rosary Rally – St. Joseph’s  R .C. Church
1:30 p.m. – PARADE from Church Street to Union Forge Park

NOTE:  No parking on Main Street from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – Model Railroad Exhibit-United Methodist Church
3:30 p.m. – Music at the Commons

Saturday Evening Program

Welcome by Mayor Mark Desire, statements by other dignitaries
Taylor-Wharton films and Custom Alloy short film

Sunday Afternoon Events – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

High Bridge History Exhibit – Reformed Church
Model Railroad Exhibit-United Methodist Church
American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary and SAL Exhibit – Host Masonic Lodge
High Bridge High School Alumni Exhibit – Host Masonic Lodge
Films on dredges

Main Street History Guided Walking Tours
Railroad History Guided Walking Tours
Host Masonic Lodge Tours
Solitude House Open House and Tours, Children’s Crafts and Games

Coffee with the Mayor – 9:00-10:00 AM
Town Hall Meeting – 10:00 AM
Mayor Mark Desire hosted the monthly “Coffee with the Mayor” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 AM at the Elementary School on Fairview Avenue.

This took place immediately before the Town Hall Meeting where Borough officials and representatives from American Water Company made presentations about the public referendum scheduled in November where High Bridge voters will decide whether or not to sell the Water Utility. Numerous residents of High Bridge attended and asked questions as well as offered comments about this topic.

Several documents have been posted to this web site to help provide information to residents of High Bridge. They can be found through the “Water System” button on the top right area of the homepage or by clicking here, Water System.

The County is striping on Main Street today in a continued effort to keep pedestrians safe in High Bridge.

(from left) Ryan Ziemba , Doug Sloyer & Rick Miller

New information pertaining to the proposed sale of the water system is available. Click here to view.


Jeremy Groover, Councilman Keir LoIacono, Tyler Zappa, and Council President Chris Zappa (from left) shaved their heads in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Child Cancer research.  Their team name is Ray’s Army and they were shaved on September 24th at Sergentsville Fire Department where the shaving and auction event took place.


Current information about the road projects will be posted soon. The projects to be highlighted include Cregar Road, Mill Street and the chip sealing of a number of Borough streets.

FALL LEAF COLLECTION – October 3, 2017
Last week, the Borough of High Bridge began leaf collection.  This Fall, we will be incorporating a few, new additions to this program. Curb side pick up will continue on most Borough roads except where road width or other conditions make this unsafe. The list of roads excluded from curb side pick up appears below.
The Borough will offer a new option this year. Each residence will be allotted 20 leaf bags. Residents will be able to pick up the initial set of bags at the Commons on the following dates: October 14 & 28 and November 4 & 18 between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Brush can be dropped off there, too. Beginning on Wednesday, October 4, the set of 20 bags can be picked up at the DPW Garage at 26 West Main Street from 8:00-8:30 AM, Monday through Friday. Proof of residency is required.
In areas where curb side pick up is not offered and bagging is required, the allotment will be 30 bags per residence.
Additional bags may be purchased by property owners at various hardware stores or home improvement stores in the area.
For the month of October, two leaf vacuum machines will be operating traveling throughout the Borough. When possible, another crew will drive through town and pick up leaf bags. In early November, we will assess the progress made and likely announce a schedule for leaf pick up section by section of the Borough.
Options available to residents are:
-Rake your leaves to the curb to be picked up with the leaf vacuum
-Fill bags and place them at your curb, to be picked up by DPW
-FIll bags and take them to the Commons
Another option is composting of leaves on your own property.
There are roads that are excluded from curb side pick up due to safety concerns. They are Mine Road between Seal Street and Cokesbury Road, the entire length of County Route 513 throughout the Borough (Fairview Avenue – Main Street – Bridge Street -West Main Street from Bridge Street to the municipal boundary), Cregar Road between the NJ Transit bridge and Fairview Avenue, Hart Street, Union Avenue, Central Avenue and Center Street.
The Borough DPW will do its best to pick leaves up in a timely manner, weather permitting. If machinery malfunctions beyond the control of DPW or another emergency takes place, delays may be experienced.
This plan is being undertaken for the first time this year. A learning curve will be needed but constructive feedback is welcome.
If you have any questions please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.


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.



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.



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 will hosted “Coffee with the Mayor” on Saturday, October 7, 2107 from 9:00-10:00 AM in conjunction with the Town Hall meeting scheduled for that morning at the Elementary School at 10:00 AM. The public is encouraged to attend these gatherings 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.

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
Click here to read

“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.