Hightstown Votes Down Study of Lucas Electric for Borough Hall

Only two council members voted "yes" to the feasibility study of Lucas Electric as a potential Borough Hall location.

The Hightstown Borough Council voted down a resolution authorizing Borough officials to investigate the feasibility of permanently relocating the Borough office at their Council meeting Tuesday night.

At the moment, the Hightstown Borough Hall offices have been relocated to the public works building at 156 Bank Street since the offices were flooded by Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

This resolution proposed conducting a feasibility study for relocating the offices to the Lucas Electric property at 415 Mercer Street, but was voted down in a 4-2, NJ.com reported. The Hightstown Borough Police Department has also been relocated to the Lucas Electric building since the flood waters from Irene rendered the building unusable.

The Borough Council discussed the possibility of using the Lucas Electric facility at a Borough Hall Workshop meeting in October 2012 among other locations, including the vacant rug mill on Bank Street.

In November 2012, the Council approved a resolution stating a plan to rebuild the Borough Hall at it's current location and rebutting the Planning Board’s recommendation to not build the offices within a flood zone.

The resolution presented Tuesday night presented the option of further exploring the possibility of using the Lucas Electric facility without repealing any previously adopted resolutions, stipulating that a feasibility study would not undo the Council's previous decision.

Council President Larry Quattrone and Councilwoman Susan Bluth voted ‘yes’ to the resolution, NJ.com reported, in an effort to further explore alternatives.

Dave Bell February 23, 2013 at 01:57 PM
If we wait long enough the Borough Hall can move into the post office, they are going under pretty quickly. The property is already tax exempt, it's close to down town, and away from the water.
JP Gibbons February 23, 2013 at 03:26 PM
With our luck Janice will want us to keep the PO and pay for her new Township Complex.after they rename it the EW OP.
big dog February 24, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Stop dragging EW into your joke of a town's issues. Have fun with all your surveys, resolutions, etc. We'll be having this conversation 2 years from now. Trust me, EW doesn't want anything to do with Hightstown.
Eugene E Sarafin February 24, 2013 at 06:06 PM
The present Borough Hall site was a garage and gas station in 1954 and sold Buick's from what remember as a teenager. In 1954 we had Hurricane Hazel , October 15 , followed by Hurricanes Connie, August 12-13, and Diane, August 18-19. The garage was inundated with three feet of water from Connie and Diane during that August. Hurricane Hazel wiped out Wilkes Barre, East Stroudsburg, and Scranton. There is a reason not to build in a flood plain. After the 1955 flood at the present Borough Hall site the garage went out of business and remained an eyesore. The old Borough Hall was located on the second floor of a building on the site of the Allen & Stults parking area.
Eugene E Sarafin February 24, 2013 at 09:55 PM
So Milt Cunningham mayor and a town pharmacist owner saw the opportunity along with the redevelopment of Mercer Street to build a new Borough Hall. it was not an easy process since his Council fought him on the design and cost. I always thought the building should have been named after Milt for getting the facility built. Interesting enough is the location was not part of downtown since it was on the north side of the railroad bridge and not very visible.


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