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The Hightstown Borough Council is the governing body of the municipality and is comprised of elected officials. They establish the laws and policies for the Borough. An elected Hightstown Borough Council has six members. Each member serves a three year term.The mayor is elected separately by the public. There is no vacancy for Mayor in this year's election. For this election, only the Republican Party has put forward council candidates.and they are running unopposed. You may vote for two.
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    Connor F. Montferrat (Rep) Commercial Real Estate Analyst at Otteau Group, Inc.

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    Charles "Lee" Stults (Rep) Partner at OGP Architects, LLP, Hightstown

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Biographical Information

Name three major issues facing Hightstown that you propose to address over the next several years in your role as council member. Specify how your approach to each will benefit Hightstown and its residents.

What are the most important aspects of Hightstown's downtown revitalization program? Will that program ensure the vitality and sustainability of the downtown and its businesses?

What qualifies you to serve on the Hightstown Borough Council, both personally and professionally?

1. Investing in Hightstown, 2. Code Enforcement, 3. The Town a Destination.

For the past three years, Hightstown annually paid down debt, continued to share services with neighboring municipalities, invested in infrastructure, and received grants for some of these improvements. We purchased new police, EMS, and fire vehicles for our emergency services, installed new stop signs by the school, signed a new recycling contract with larger 96-gallon bins. We will continue our capital planning for current, but also future residents. We believe continuing to expand and update code enforcement and property maintenance ordinances is a priority. Finally, the revitalization of the downtown to a destination is key to future success.
The key to further revitalization of our downtown is increasing foot traffic.The Rug Mill saw substantial progress now with an agreement in place for a mixed-use redevelopment. The new downtown business group is working collectively with cross promotions and exciting events. The Lakefront Vision Plan will create a unique regional experience by utilizing of our waterfront. We thank the residents who participated in the Lakeside Visioning workshops to help create a community vision for the downtown as a destination. It was the first of its kind in town, and it was truly a strategic blueprint for a brighter future for all residents. One hundred years ago, the downtown was thriving with businesses on both sides of the street. It can be again.
It's been a privilege serving on council in my hometown where I was born and raised. My priority is the residents of Hightstown and their concerns, whether it's making sure their road is paved or plowed during a snow storm. As a cancer survivor, I fought to ban smoking in our parks by enacting an ordinance to protect families and children from secondhand smoke. My background and education is in public policy, city planning, and real estate valuation. All have helped me contribute to update outdated ordinances on planning, zoning, and property maintenance, such as the Route 33 Corridor zoning, and when writing the application for Sustainable Jersey on behalf of the borough. I'm here, first and foremost, to help and listen to your concerns.
1. Investing in Hightstown, 2. Code Enforcement, 3.The Town as a Destination. For the past three years, Hightstown annually paid down debt, continued to share services with neighboring municipalities, invested in infrastructure, and received grants for some of these improvements. We purchased new police, EMS, and fire vehicles for our emergency services, installed new stop signs by the school, signed a new recycling contract with larger 96-gallon bins. We will continue our capital planning for current and future residents. We believe continuing to expand and update code enforcement and property maintenance ordinances is a priority. Finally, revitalizing the downtown into a destination is key to future success.
The key to revitalizing our downtown is increasing foot traffic. The Rug Mill saw substantial progress with an agreement now in place for a mixed-use development. The new downtown business group is working collectively with cross promotions and exciting events such as live music and art openings. The Lakefront Vision Plan will create a unique regional experience by creatively utilizing our waterfront. We thank the residents and stakeholders who participated in the workshops to create this vision plan. The public visioning process was the first of its kind in town and provides a strategic blueprint for a making the lakefront and Main Street the thriving center it was 100 years ago with building lining both sides of the street.
I am a fifth generation resident of the Borough and I have seen many changes in my 45 years. As both a husband and father of two children, I want the best town possible for my family to live and play in. As a downtown business owner, I'm deeply invested in wanting things done successfully. My professional experience as an architect gives me unique problem solving skills and an ability to envision a vibrant downtown. I make it a point to promote the town to whomever I meet and make every effort to make sure residents and businesses know what's going on and how they can get involved. Three years on Council, the last as Council President, have given me new insight into how the town operates and how to go about making improvements.

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