Town Hall Meeting Last Night High Level Notes


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New Donations to Hope For Highlands:

Deaclon Scanlon donates $9k to Hope for Highlands
Lil John Construction John Caruso, from JC..2500
Honey Suckle Lodge –  $3500

House Lifting

Have approval for Irene grants, 10 – 12 properties for Irene
10 – 15 houses ready to be lifted Sandy.
Community Dev Grant;  Should be available starting May 24th  two grants 1)150k  first received and $10k (there are some gotcha’s here, i.e. they can deduct any insurance, FEMA & SBA loans off the top of the $150k. They also indicated that there could be many pass throughs, meaning if they go through once an no one qualifies they could get less stringent on pass #2. Also, you have to use the states contractors.
Haz Mitigation Lift – Still time to get on could take 18 months

 

Continued Programs

Solution Center – through Workforce Development GrantDPW –
Will be doing more informal assessments of existing homes to see where they are in the recovery process
Highlands applied for 12 Grants to get 90%(estimated) of reimbursement of we paid out for Sandy Recovery
FEMA sending in municipal assistance

 

 

17 comments

    • It was on highlandsnj.com, (although I can’t seem to find it now) this is the monthly town hall’s they’ve been doing since Sandy.. (the mayor indicated that June will be the last one)

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    • But I hear the Mayor will be speaking Thursday at the Historical Society Meeting so I’m sure he’d “love” to address your questions then.

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  1. P.S.

    As long as we’re on the subject….what is the deal with the “Honey Suckle Lodge?” I’ve never been able to find a website or a Facebook page…it always looks like it’s abandoned…it had to have received significant storm damage…and yet they can afford to donate money?

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  2. They said they felt terrible as they are not primary residents and have homes to go back to so wanted to help those who didn’t. Very cool as I’m sure they have significant damage to their bungalows.

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    • They also seem to have a following, one summer I met a group out that said they come down from NY every summer, stayed there in the same cottages and had been doing it for years. They thought of it as “yuppie camping at the beach”..

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    • They are several generations deep that own the bungalows. Many of them are NY PD/FD. Very good people and know them well. Always loved Santa in July when he comes in on boat!!

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    • Several generations deep? So they’re just like the rest of Highlands? Santa comes in the boat in July? I’m afraid I missed that one….and like I said before, the place always looks abandoned – they must have had storm damage? And just, hypothetically speaking…if say the average person (you know, not somebody whose family keeps breeding and has no desire to ever go anywhere new) wanted to rent one of those “yuppie camp grounds”….where would anybody go to find out more information? I’m just curious and not at all privileged.

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    • Well I know my heart really goes out to all of those poor people who lost their “Summer Homes.” It must be awful to have to spend three months in the same house where you spend the other 9.

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    • They can buy me out.. but seriously I don’t think Highlands is one of the towns they were looking at offering buyouts, they would want whole neighborhoods & I think there would be a lot of one off hold outs here.

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  3. Keep dreaming about the buy outs………….. what is going happen is they are going to kill people with taxes until they are begging to sell their homes at any price just to get out of this place. Then they will talk about buy outs, or the powers that be will start encouraging developers to come here and vulture one property after another paying a pittance for them.

    Has anyone noticed the massive amount of For Sale signs that are going up all over the place? Who do these people think they are going to sell to?

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    • Sadly ironic.. the residents of Highlands have endured several horrible storms over the past couple of years and yet Highlands has their heart (I understand that) – however, our council are managing to achieve what the elements could not, by raising taxes, offending large pockets of the community, supporting mandatory raising of properties, they are winning out and people are leaving/considering leaving… to me that is bullying. Plain and simple.

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  4. I heartily agree with the above. I always thought to stay but I’m really thinking it might be better to walk away. Even if I could get the money to fix and elevate the house, do I really want to keep fighting every day to live in a town run by people who don’t want me here?

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    • So Declan Scanlon donated some $! That’s great….

      NOW…if only SOMEBODY in Highlands knew Jennifer Beck….

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    • we are not in her district. Somebody that knows her was giving out a $10.00 lunch that a lot of working people were enjoying. A lot of people help out without looking for some thing in return!

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