State of NJ also thinks Highlands should waive permit fees


Thanks to Jen for finding this one…

According to the NJ.gov website, a letter went out to ALL municipalities in November 2012 recommending waiving permit Fees for any Sandy Related repairs.  (I guess Paul & Dale missed the memo.)  Further, the State will waive their surcharge fees to the municipalities for waiving the permit fees for their residents. Its signed by Edward Smith, Director of Division of Codes & Standards.

Lucky for them, they have us to help them find stuff like this..Image

UPDATE:  According to Mayor Nolan at tonight’s town hall meeting, PERMIT FEES WILL BE WAIVED – If you already paid, they will reimburse you.  Apparently JUST TODAY, they received a letter from the state saying they didn’t have to charge for the permits. – Well you know we lost our Post Office, so I’m sure it just got lost in the mail.  But what a coincidence right? Better late than never.

26 comments

  1. Hmmmm…i wonder if the state knows they are collecting permit fees and are getting their surcharge fees?

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  2. Kudos to Jenn for being persistent and not taking,” I know nothing” as a legitimate response. Maybe the establishment of a policy that no one can visit the wailing wall offered by blogs and user alias unless they throw their hat, head and effort into the ring of direct citizen involvement. Being given the forum and tools to sit back an take long range pot shots should be earned rather than given. Thanks again Jenn for advancing understanding and possible resolution of this annoying and ongoing point of diversion from getting real work accomplished.

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  3. Thank you. Every little bit that we don’t have to spend is extremely helpful. My mom, like many others, didn’t have enough flood insurance and the homeowners covered very little.

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    • Sigh… maybe SOMEDAY they’ll take the advice they were given. BRING IN PROFESSIONAL (volunteer) CONSULTANTS who have been there, done that and who know what the right steps are in rebuilding a town. They know about little things like permits, how to get through most of the red tape, and mostly they will tell you about LESSONS LEARNED. There’s a good reason why a case worker is required for the Robin Hood money…. that person has no vested interest in making sure that everyone in town gets taken care of the same way.

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    • *a vested interest… no favoritism from case workers who don’t know how long people have lived IN Highlands.

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  4. And AGAIN – the Mayor announces this will happen, but the good folks at boro hall say it needs to be passed by the city council!

    Why do they they continue to make these announcement prematurely???

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    • It is amazing that our sewer bills are a flat rate instead of a usage rate, quite unfair. And now that a lot of residents have had to shut off their water supply due to damage from Sandy they still have to pay a sewer bill even though there is no waste being produced. This needs to be addressed now and investigated.

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    • @BB – Just want to make sure I’m getting the gist of your comment, did you call the borough about waiving the permit fees or getting a refund for permit fees you paid for when they said the new policy of not charging has to be passed by the council?

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    • I was told same thing council needs to pass resolution. If they don’t waive I will make sure state get their fees. Mayor pretends he has compassion for us except when it comes to the almighty dollar it seems. Shady behavior!

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    • I spelycificallyasked if I could get a refund for my Flood Plan application because I don’t know which permits my contractor has already paid. The Flood Plan I paid out of my own pocket, but I got the sense from the woman I spoke with that it didn’t matter what it was. She just said it needed to be approved by the city council.

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    • Two thoughts, 1) I think the waivers are going to be applicable to Sandy Repairs only.. 2) Its also possible that the person you spoke to wasn’t at the meeting and the information wasn’t disseminated to the office personnel.

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    • There was sign on door of Solution center(drink up Jen) stating that permit fees cannot be refunded until resolution passed.

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    • R U kidding me?? We need to start a revolt.. Resolution my ass.. I’m going to have to stop by and take a picture of the sign and get the word out.. Everything they do is knee jerk.. How the F*** hard is it to just do the right thing…

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  5. @Stacy – I think the favoritism stems from the powers that be and their cronies and has nothing to do with how long you’ve lived IN Highlands. I know of many Highlands lifers that haven’t gotten anything from the Boro!
    Yeah – would love to see that sewer bill go away! My mom’s only toilet went in the trash in early November. Her house is gutted. The water was turned off. Why on earth is she getting and paying a sewer bill?

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    • Probably because the connection from the sewer TO the house is still there and nobody pays per flush.. same reason why someone who wants to build a highrise with 500 occupants would not have to pay for a new connection if one already exists….

      Maybe the way around it is to lobby for usage. If you don’t live in your house you’ve got nothing to flush.

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    • Isn’t favoritism from the powers that be and their crownies the same thing as how long you’ve lived in Highlands? I thought in order to be one of their crownies you had to have lived here for a few generations.

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  6. History lesson about the permit fees. Mayor Nolan was asked at the very first town meeting after the storm if fees would be waived. He said he had “no problem with that”. Then three town meetings ago he was asked again, what ever happened to waiving the permit fees. He said that he was “looking into that still” but that the state wouldnt let the town waive certain fees. Last night Mayor Nolan said that he just got a notice from the state in the last couple days giving the town permission to waive the permit fees! Whos on first?

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  7. As far as the sewer fees go, everyone should be aware of the following. The town is in the process of disolving the AHHRSA, the joint sewer authority with Atlantic Highlands. Both towns apparently have a problem with a board, that is appointed citizens, looking out for citizens and not elected political hacks having a say in what happens to all things related to the sewer system etc. This is the main reason it is being eliminated as council members from both towns do not like having total control over the board, and being told what repairs have to be made to the system etc. If you think you are having problems with these issues now, just wait until there is no Sewer Authority to protect the interests of the residents and control of these issues goes directly to the town council!

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  8. And why is it that permit fees are now being forgiven but we still need a permit for a dumpster to clean up the damage from Sandy. Seems quite unreasonable to insist residents clean up but if they get a dumpster they need to get a permit and pay a weekly fee to keep the dumpster. I can understand a permit if the dumpster is on a public street, but to make a tax payer pay a fee to keep a dumpster on their own property to clean up after a disaster seems quite unreasonable. I think the council needs to address this fee also.

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    • we shouldn’t need a dumpster fee.. Sea Bright waives it.. the answer from Nolan that, the cops need to coordinate the location that doesn’t block traffic is BS, you can coordinate with the PD w/out a fee attached..

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