Highlands Back-Peddling on No Permit Fees


After posting the letter they received in November (You know, the one that Highlands swears they didn’t receive until after I posted it – wow BIG coincidence right) in the town hall meeting stated:  “We’re waiving permit fees” – guess what NOW they are saying they HAVE to pass it through the council.

WE need to make it known that NOT doing the right thing is NOT an option.  As several readers have suggested, this isn’t a ‘how long you lived in Highlands thing’, this is a old boy network thing. which if they were doing the right thing I wouldn’t have a problem with.

Fight back now, email the Mayor NOW and let me know we want it passed and want it passed sooner than later, (Tape a cheetah to his back if necessary) fnolan@highlandsborough.org

 

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  1. No way! How are they even rationalizing this load of crap? And did they post this somewhere? I saw that the Solutions Center had a “we’ll be in touch when we figure out how to refund your money, please don’t bother us with that” when I ran in (and then ran back out) today. And it’s funny, I never noticed that they really do totally ignore you until you Sign The Sheet until today.

    I fear that interacting with the mayor will result in him screaming at me like he did that guy last night. So professional…

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    • Some guy was pissed over his neighbors cutting his trees and went through all the processes and got nada.. Nolan wouldn’t answer his emails so he resorted to coming to any town event with Nolan being there.. Nolan was like “you’re showing your true colors”, I’m like “dude.. just saying but, so are you.. answer your emails..” It wasn’t the right format for the guys anger, but look at us 2 years from now when nothing has changed and how we’re going to react to town hall meetings…

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    • I’m telling you, I ran in for a quick question, they refused to answer me.. I felt like it was a scene out of monty python ‘Holy Grail’ – Anyone who’s had to deal with the solution center will TOTALLY understand that ..

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  2. First of all good luck getting a response back from the mayor in any form, unless it suits a purpose of his.
    The display at the Town Hall meeting with the resident complaining about his tree situation by the Mayor was shameful. As a publically elected official you may not always like what people say to you, but you dont have to belittle them like Nolan did to that resident last night. Usually people only resort to taking their problems public when all else fails. The town has for some time now established a very bad habit or not enforcing its own codes and ordinances.
    It was obvious that Nolan was very uncomfortable dealing wih this person, resorted to personal attacks, and resorting to his old standby line to shut someone up saying, “well thats your opinion”.
    When your elected offcials have this kind of attitude, is it any wonder things are in the state they are?

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    • Recall him, get signatures = 20% of the voter turnout from the most recent election and it goes to ballet (the recall).

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    • stupid auto correct.. ballOt. That’s the best part of the Faulkner act. The people DO have the power to take action against an elected official who is not really acting in the people’s best interest. He/she just has to be in office for a year, I believe before they are “eligible” for recall.

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  3. HB, first thank you for the notes from meeting, I didn’t get to make this one. second, are you telling us that at the meeting Mayor Nolan stated that they were waiving the permit fees and did not mention that it needed council approval? Where/when was the information about council approval received? I would like to write a letter to MANY people, but I want to get some facts straight. P.S. I haven’t gone to the Solution Center, I pray I will never have to go in to the Solution Center, and to date the Solution Center has never emailed me back. I think it has been a complete waste of tax payer dollars and I am about to write a letter to MANY people about that too.

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    • Mayor Nolan never mentioned that the waiver of permit fees needed to go to council approval first. The council approval happened when someone went down to get their refund of permit fees the day after the meeting and were told they couldn’t have it because the whole process of no fees for permits had to be approved by the council first. If that’s the case then why not state ‘we’re considering waiving permit fees’ instead of permit fees are waived and we’ll refund the fees already paid. Here is a copy of the letter: https://highlandsblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/state-of-nj-also-thinks-highlands-should-waive-permit-fees/ notice its dated Nov 2. Facetiously I said it probably got lost in the mail because we lost our PO, but seriously, whose desk did it sit on and why was the decision made to not only charge but not be forth coming on costs for charging.

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    • I am and you should call the NJ Department of Community affairs (who sent out the letter to the Borough regarding waiving the Permit Fee’s)
      ask If Highlands has paid them their State surcharge fees on the money they charged us for the permits.. number is # 609-984-7672

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  4. According to the Town Website, the Council Meeting is TONIGHT 3/20/13 at Highlands Elementary School 8p.

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  5. […] Permits.. I know they are voting on this Wednesday at the regular meeting, but there are grumblings that the $91k is already gone.. I’d like to know on what..  I’d like to know if they knew about the state sending out the memo in November and decided against it or if it sat on someone’s desk and never got circulated.. Also, let’s do the math here, $91k divided by $700 (average per hh on permits spent) = 130 HH. How many houses were damaged? Yeah, you know why, because they aren’t reimbursable by insurance, people haven’t decided yet on if they are walking from their homes, and why bother spending $700 on permits to a town you’re going to walk from.  Either that or you’re exempt because you have the right last name. Solution Center/Distribution Center..  What’s being done to make the solution center helpful? Was the permit money used to “fund” the solution center? What is the process used to determine who gets what that is on their “Needs form”?  What I *think* is the process, donations come in..  the solution center looks at what the items are and go through the list and put their friends and family first.  Everyone else can pound sand. […]

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