Recovery Meeting Results


Here’s the short list of the sticker votes for Projects:

Econ Development:

BAY AVENUE RENAISSANCE
CAPITALIZING ON SANDY HOOK AND HIGHLANDS WATERFRONT

MITIGATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

STORMWATER DRAINAGE AND FLOOD MITIGATION
DIRECT PIPING OF STORMWATER FROM ROUTE 36 TO RIVER
US ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS –
ENHANCE STEEP SLOPE STABILITY TOWN WIDE
ASSESS, REPAIR AND UPGRADE SANITARY SYSTEM TO REDUCE I & I AND LOWER RATES TO CUSTOMERS

HOUSING

HOUSING ADVOCATE

COMMUNITY PLANNING & CAPACITY BUILDING, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL & VISIONING

WATERFRONT PROMOTION, MARATIME HISTORY AND THE ARTS
CODE COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT
COMMUNITY CENTER REDEVELOPMENT
BIKE PATH 

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    • @Rosemary … I was involved with that committee and the Housing Advocate was written as Dedicated Grant Manager in all our meeting notes. That is, until the night of the workshop and somehow it had gotten dropped from the title? I talked to Becky and the FEMA leader before Becky gave her presentation, and I asked them What Happened? (as I showed them the notes on my phone.) I told them that without a Grant Manager this project would be totally useless and even though I was on that committee I wouldn’t even waste a blue sticker with how it was written. So Becky made sure she mentioned Grant writer when she actually spoke.

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  1. Glad I didn’t waste my time on this FEMA feel-better exercise. Nothing new here. Things from the past that haven’t been done. And no imagination as to the future. Sorry to those who participated hoping for a change. But what did you expect- it was run by FEMA and controlled by those already in charge.
    I just refuse to drink the kool-aide…

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    • Not drinking the kool-aid … But not dying of thirst either! There’s more people speaking out and I see a united front beginning to form. IMO we have no choice but to participate and hope for change because without it Highlands is DEAD.

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    • Your speaking out got a “mention” of the Grant Manager in a presentation. Do you actually think this was left off by accident?

      FEMA came in all smiling with nametags and a film from Vermont. “Write your problems down and post them on this board” – as if it were a pop-psychology exercise. Didn’t you hear that the steering committee was to be made up of boro officials? — those same old cronies that have run this town into the ground?

      Open your eyes, this town is already living on life support. It’s about time people starting working together – I give you that. And hopefully the non-partisan elections will help bring in some new blood. But a feel-good FEMA exercise was never going to be an answer. I’m sorry for the time wasted by those who participated with the thought that this might actually do some real good.

      (–the name tags should have been a clue that this exercise was going to be a sham!!)

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    • If we could get state of the art mitigation in town. Walls, Pipes, Sewers, Pumps,Gates not put bandaid on it maybe some may not need to lift. Seabright has Seawall and they don’t need to lift as high. But that would mean making waves with Pallone and all the politicians representing the Bayshore towns along with state.
      Perhaps a publicist to shame these people for forgetting towns and people. I believe HB posted Dina Long is Jersey representative for long term mitigation perhaps have discussion with her? She seems approachable and open to new ideas maybe working with Seabright on long term recovery as we are sister towns with similar issues. Once we hopefully get the people who have ignored these issues for years hopefully out:)

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  2. Babs,

    Im not drinking the kool aid either! These idea have been floated around for like 25 years now! Not that they arent valid and are good ideas, as they are obvious things that need to be done. The problem is that they never are.

    The good old boy network needs to be destroyed before any of this can happen. The good ol townies dont believe in any of this, and will stand in the way of any of this kind of stuff. So at the end of the day, this is all make busy work, and feel good dreaming.

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  3. Has anyone else joined up with Stop FEMA Now? I went to their rally today in Toms River and I learned a lot. I agree with Rosemary about the grants to elevate homes. If we don’t elevate, and are pushed out as a result, there won’t be anyone in town to take advantage of the community center or the other wonderful things being planned. I liked most of the ideas I heard at the meeting, but my first priority has to be figuring out a way to keep my house. The $20k flood insurance bills are coming.

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  4. This town did not get much help. Seabright homeowners did not get much help!The towns that put a lot of sales tax in the states kitty got the help.That is why saeside got special help. If your house or bussiness burns you better have insurance. If your on a board walk they take care of you. You have to put in for grants and cross your fingers. The boardwalk people just had to wait a few days and the state came to them with sandy money! Who got all the grant money from the $150,000. Who is going to get the $30,000 grants? This town had about 75% of the homes damaged. Do you think we were treated Fair?
    I would like to take this oppertunity to thank all the religious org. in town for all the help they gave the people.I don’t know how some would have made it without it.

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  5. @ John- Only about 25% of the people who applied for the RREM grants (the $150k one) received an acceptance letter. However, per Stop FEMA Now, $0 have been paid out of that grant program thus far, and it apparently wasn’t a lottery like initially advertised. I actually called the state on Thursday to ask when the grant applications for the HMG (the $30k one) are being processed, as my flood insurance renews May 31 and I need to be up by then or face a massive increase I might not be able to pay. The worker I spoke with told me there’s no ETA as to when these grant applications will be looked at; it could be months before anyone hears anything. As the state ignored repeated requests for information to be made public about the grant programs and how/why only some people got approved (something the public is entitled to legally as it’s public information), there is a lawsuit filed against them now over it.

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  6. I got the vote counts from our FEMA leader in the Housing committee.
    The “Top 5” were:
    1. WATERFRONT PROMOTION, MARATIME HISTORY AND THE ARTS – 88
    2. STORMWATER DRAINAGE AND FLOOD MITIGATION – 79
    3. CODE COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT – 70
    4. BIKE PATH – 62
    5. BAY AVENUE RENAISSANCE – 58

    ‘Ya think we can focus on the Top 5 at least – and maybe see some productive ACTION here in Highlands?

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    • #2 – the town has already bonded for some of the projects rather than wait for FEMA
      #3 – residents are fed up and this will be discussed at the next SAS meeting
      #5 – that will happen once potential businesses see that we are serious about flood mitigation and code enforcement. As long as the hoops to jump through aren’t so burdensome.

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