New Ambulance!




HIGHLANDS - Mayor and Council passed resolutions at last night’s meeting of the borough council, renewed the terms of two members of the Highlands Housing Authority and named Atlantic Highlands Councilwoman Lori Hohenleitner to her first term on the Authority.

The councilwoman came directly from her own municipal meeting in Atlantic highlands to be administered the oath of office for the position by Mayor Carolyn Broullon, making it the final action of the meeting. Also named to new terms were incumbent authority members Nancy Messina and Ida Tkoch.

Council approved an ordinance appropriating $500,000 for acquisition of capital equipment and improvements after a public hearing.

In other business, council passed resolutions authorizing continuance of a transportation agreement with Monmouth County’s SCAT, Special Citizens Area Transportation System, authorizing a contract for professional engineering services for Overlook Park Improvements to CME Associates of Howel totaling $27,300 and another resolution authorizing the same firm for professional engineering services for Snug Harbor and Huddy Parks and the Veterans Park Improvement project for $26,300. The engineering work includes survey, design, and bid services for each project.

The governing body also authorized a shared service agreement between this borough and neighboring Atlantic Highlands for basic life support rescue, ensuring more safety and emergency response for residents of both communities. It also unanimously authorized the purchase of a new ambulance for the Highlands First Aid Squad, action that brought immediate response from squad members present at the meeting. Former Councilwoman Rosemary Ryan, an active volunteer on the Squad, praised the borough for their action and generosity, noting that unlike the police and fire departments, municipalities are not required to have or fund an emergency first aid squad and the squad appreciates the generosity. She also explained the squad is currently down to one ambulance and when there are occasions, as there have been of volunteers not responding rapidly enough to a call it is because of their single vehicle and the fact they are on another call. The new ambulance will be a Ford F550 , secured from VCI Emergency Services, for $305,000.


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