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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CREGAR ROAD RESTORATION PROJECT – August 18, 2017

The balance of paving on Cregar Road between the NJ Transit bridge and Fairview Avenue will be completed by Elizabethtown Gas Company’s contractor on Monday, August 21, weather permitting.
The original completion had been August 18th, however, rain early in the day prevented work to commence as planned.

Cregar Road & Cokebury Road – Restoration Project

As a result of the new gas mains that were installed along Cregar Road and Cokebury Road, Elizabethtown Gas Company (ETG) is scheduled to re-pave 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).  This work is scheduled to commence on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and should be complete by Friday, August 18, 2017, weather permitting.  During this time, Cregar Road from the NJ Transit bridge to Fairview Avenue 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.

The Borough Engineer prepared a detailed summary and a road detour map both of which can be read if you click here.
If you have any questions, please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455
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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.
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COMMUNITY DAY BBQ COMPETITION SIGN UP NOW OPEN!
Click here to be part of the Community Day BBQ competition.
Questions? Please email Chris Zappa at czappa@highbridge.org


COUNTY ELECTRONICS RECYCLING – AUGUST 19th
314 NJ-12, Flemington, NJ 08822 – Google Map Address:
https://goo.gl/maps/MZnADWD1BNp
(908) 788-1102

Saturday, August 19th has been set as the date for the next collection of computers, computer monitors and televisions.  The collections will be made at the Hunterdon County Route 12 (Library) Complex located at 314 State Route 12 outside of Flemington between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the County of Hunterdon and Waste Management of New Jersey.


HIGH BRIDGE COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE FOR JULY 2017
Water Utility Sale Being Considered

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 presentations 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 will be considered at the next Council meeting on August 17, 2017 where a public hearing will be held. The public will be able to ask questions as well as make comments regarding the water utility sale at this Council meeting prior to Council action being taken. 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.

These meetings will be held at the High Bridge Fire House located at 7 Maryland Avenue beginning at 7:30 PM.

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


 
MAYOR MARK DESIRE HOSTS “COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR”
 
Mayor Mark Desire will host “Coffee with the Mayor” on Saturday, August 5, 2107 between 9:00 -11:00 AM at Borough Hall, at 97 West Main Street. 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.

RESIDETN 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.


Cregar Road Closed Periodically Due to Utility Work – July 2017

Cregar Road will be closed periodically in July 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.
 

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.


Buying or selling a home in High Bridge?

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