Mayor’s Welcome Message
2022

A warm welcome to you on behalf of the Borough of Highlands. We have long been known as the place where the Jersey Shore begins. Our community greatly values its residents, businesses and visitors. Take some time to explore our historic sites, one-of-a-kind views and some of the most amazing restaurants in New Jersey.

We are a high-energy and highly engaged community. Highlands is a thriving residential, Commercial and Historic town that is always looking to grow. Even during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we offer safe recreational activities and year-round events sponsored by the business community through the Highlands Business Partnership [HBP]. The HBP also combines forces throughout the year with the Borough’s Recreation Department to put on the best events in the Bayshore. We are known for our proximity to beaches, high speed ferry service to NYC, and of course our award-winning restaurants.

My administration and I are committed to serve you at the highest level possible. Highlands offers a walkable/bikeable community with many choices of paths on the Henry Hudson Trail as well as the many options in Hartshorne Woods. You will see in our community a growing, involved, population of staff, partners and resident volunteers eager to help and work together toward the common goal of Highlands success. Through a variety of committees, our residents, entrepreneurs, and staff are the lifeblood of our effort to help our citizens succeed in their home, on the job or in business.

One of many goals for 2022 is to break ground on the $5 million Waterwitch area sanitary sewer project. The approval from DEP is in its final phase and we are expecting the authorization to go out to bid in January of 2022. The project will replace old sanitary mains and laterals for the following streets: Phase 1: the entirety of Waterwitch Ave [from R36 to Marine Place], North St, Gravelly Point Rd, Ralph St, William St, Ocean Ave, Beach Blvd, Linden Ave and Bay Ave from the circle to Gravelly Point Rd. Phase 2 will do the same on Snug Harbor Ave, Huddy Ave, Washington Ave, Bedle Pl, Recreation Pl, Cheerful Pl, Barberie Ave, Sea Drift Ave and both sides of Marine Place.

This project is funded through the NJ Infrastructure Bank with a scope of work to include the replacement of portions of the existing sanitary sewer system. Current infiltration and inflow levels overburden the sewer system, resulting in overflow of contaminated water into the streets. This contaminated water flows into the storm water conveyance system that discharges into Jones Creek, creating an unsafe swimming condition further downstream at the Snug Harbor Beach at the Borough’s Community Center. This partial replacement of the sanitary sewer system is expected to reduce infiltration and inflow, keep the sanitary sewer system within capacity and eliminate contaminated water in swimming areas. This upgrade will also reduce the cost of treating storm water that infiltrates our sanitary system.

Something Highlands Residents can look forward to in 2022 is the continued commitment to update our Borough Parks.  The addition of new playground equipment at Huddy and Veteran’s was completed in December 2021. In January 2022, we will work with the surfacing contractor to install new safety surfaces in the new park areas.  Once the surfacing is installed, we will be able to open the new areas for use. In addition, we will begin remediation of Snug Harbor Park before the installation of new equipment in front of the Community Center. The basketball and tennis courts will also be refurbished by summertime. The new Skate Park is planned to be completed in 2022 and is being supported by Green Acres and Monmouth County Open Space Grants.

Our Open Space Committee is working on redesigning Frank Hall Park to encourage more visitors, especially the residents of nearby Ptak Tower.  In 2021, the diseased tree in the middle of the park was removed. Planned projects so far include replacing of the weed and ivy infested chain link fence that will be replaced by a new white vinyl fence and removing scrub-trees with low-maintenance seagrass. Another exciting addition is a new park on Navesink Avenue called Overlook Park.  A new park has not been added in Highlands in over 20 years. Plans originally drawn in 2014 and updated in 2020 by local resident and Architect, Peter Mullen, are with our engineering team and plans are advancing nicely. We anticipate going out to bid for construction in the first quarter.

To learn more about our community, browse our Borough website as well as the Highlands Business Partnership at www.highlandsnj.com

 

All the best to you and yours. We will get through this together.

Mayor Carolyn Broullon
cbroullon@highlandsborough.org

 

Past Messages:

Mayor’s Update May 2022
Mayor’s Update April 2022
Mayor’s Update March 2022
Mayor’s Update February 2022
Mayor’s Update January 2022
Mayor’s Year in Review 2021 (2021 Year in Review Postcard)
Mayor’s Update November 2021
Mayor’s Update October 2021
Mayor’s Update September 2021
Mayor’s Update August 2021
Mayor’s Update July 2021
Mayor’s Update June 2021
Mayor’s Update March 17, 2021