February Town Hall Notes


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.

Some updates:

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.

Update your resident needs form and submit it to: the solution center (where else)

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 dleubner@tandmassociates.com  with any questions.

 

13 thoughts on “February Town Hall Notes

  1. Jen

    This kind of boggles:

    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 dleubner@tandmassociates.com with any questions.

    Isn’t that the POINT of having a group meeting — so that these kind of questions can be answered and we can all learn? (even though I wasn’t there this time)

    I think the dog grooming place next to Laura’s is opening in March too.

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    1. highlandsblog Post author

      You know the funny part, we’re putting ourselves (the town of Highlands) back together in spite of ourselves. RE: Dog grooming place next to Laura’s opening in March too..

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  2. RockemSockem

    Since nobody in town knows what issues are more than people who live here they should have an open forum of ideas from the community. Seems to me there have been ideas on this blog that are worth listening to and be considered. I would love to see them bring in Army Corp to listen to us for once and let us listen to them. Yuk Francesco’s… I hope Grimaldi’s come back or I will have to get my pizza fix in NYC:)

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  3. Mark Heter

    I’m making it a point to patronize our local restaurants as they come back on line. Of course it would help these folks if the local population could return to their own homes a little sooner. I miss Francesco’s and Chilango’s too – a lot of us will be glad to see things back up and operating again.

    The Clam Hut at the end of Atlantic Street is a total disaster; no signs of anything going on with it either; anyone heard anything about that?

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    1. Jen

      Since I still don’t have a kitchen, every time I’m down working on the house, I’m eating (and drinking) out locally. I miss Chilangos the most, with Francesco’s a close second. And this end of town really needs the Claddagh back (words I never thought I’d say). Ara says he’s going to do something for St. Pat’s (because I know Broadway Bill is concerned about this — HA!) but that it might be in the parking lot if the inside isn’t ready yet.

      Last time I spoke with Renee from the Clam Hut, she was looking at other options. They also own the marina there, and that building is at least standing and functional. I’ll see if I can get more updates. Not having the Clam Hut (in whatever form) for the summer would be a bummer.

      Anybody know what’s going on with the old Gimpies? That place hasn’t been open since I’ve lived here, but is looking pretty spiffy lately.

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    2. highlandsblog Post author

      The gossip on Gimpies is that the owners of Zoe’s in AH bought the building, were going to live in the upstairs and convert the downstairs to a Greek restaurant. There *were* going to open this summer, but not sure if that’s changed due to Sandy issues.

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