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Future of Hightstown Borough Hall, Police Department To Be Discussed

This is the second special meeting the council has held on Borough Hall and police department.

Residents will once again have an opportunity to voice opinions on the future of and . 

A special council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the to hear what residents have to say.

“Hopefully we’ll hear from a broader spectrum of the public,” Mayor Steven Kirson said Tuesday, .

Borough Hall and the police department , making the building unusable. Borough employees relocated to the , and the police department remains in the leased building on Mercer Street.

Kirson said the floor will be open to the public to hear what they have to say, and then the council will have a discussion period. He said the council needs to look long term and not just think of the short-term fix.

“The ultimate decision of borough hall will have a grand effect of where the borough goes in the future,” Kirson said.

 

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Robert Langdon May 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Always thought Lanning Blvd would be the best location for the municipal offices of Hightstown and East Windsor.
JP Gibbons May 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Lanning Blvd works so good for EW their taxes are up more then Hightstown and they ahve out grown the building themselves. Tonight will be another round of those who believe HIGHTSTOWN is doomed without salvation from EW and those who want to move forward as a solid community. I will be looking forward to hearing from individual residents and business persons from HIGHTSTOWN on what they want for the future. Not just vested interest who think Peddie is out of bounds as a revenue source and Janice loves all her subjects and want to be subjects.
clara May 30, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Why would any Hightstown resident be against consolidating with East Windsor? The two municipalities were joined until the 1850s and share the schools and a few other services. More than 75 NJ municipalities have consolidated in the last several years and the sky hasn't fallen on them. I'm not looking for salvation, just fiscal efficiency. It just makes sense. If you want to collect property taxes from Peddie, you have two choices: 1) Change the state's constitution regarding tax exemptions for educational institutions 2) Get a bill drafted, sponsored and passed that removes the tax exemption status of private homes owned by schools --the tax loophole that Peddie exploits. This is a separate issue, but nonetheless a disturbing one ethically because Hightstown homeowners are forced to subsidize a private organization that is not open to all nor whose mission is to serve the common good.

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