Last night’s meeting seemed to have a lot less people in attendance. Not sure if people were just busy, burned out on Sandy, left town or a combination of all three.
Americorps are going to be going out to survey the town this weekend to see where we are with the reconstruction and what is needed going forward. The town asks that you fill out and return any survey found at your Highlands home. It will help with getting future assistance.
You must fill out and apply for both FEMA & SBA in order to qualify for ICC grants. (The fact that you are rejected doesn’t matter as much as you *did* apply.
The Post Office will be opening back up on a limited basis, Mail Boxes and outgoing only. Incoming mail continue to be coming from Rumson.
Buildings such as Borough Hall, PD, & Community Center – nothing has been decided yet, they are waiting on insurance there as well.
Any homes that are abandoned will be razed due to health risks of leaving them with Mold etc. They know of 80 or so that are “bank owned”, the biggest culprit is Bank of America who isn’t looking to do any types of mitigation or construction on their bank owned homes.
Back filling the town – Not a real option, they just want the ACOE to consider other options than a sea wall. Some one in the audience brought up using the the Dutch as example on how to mitigate flooding. He was kind of shot down, but he’s idea didn’t seem any more or less crazy or far fetched as back filling the whole town.
The following businesses are expected to open in March: Chilangos, Inlet, Francesco’s Pizza, Claddagh
The house lifting question & FEMA grants didn’t get addressed on if you can use ANY house lifter or specific house lifters. The last thing someone wants to do is push ahead and hire a lifter only to find out they aren’t on the approved list. Dale from T&M asked to email him firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.