15 thoughts on “OCTOBER 16TH HIGHLANDS COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED

  1. Jen

    Oh, where do I start?

    1. They know about these SCHEDULED meetings from the beginning of the year. Isn’t that the crap that Frank threw out there when someone complained about the overlap with a Jewish holiday for a meeting? No excuses!

    2. Really? You’re cancelling the last meeting before an election? You won’t debate publicly and now you can’t even bother to show your faces to the town before the election.

    Hey, now that your Wednesday night is open, Frank and Becky, how about a debate?

    Geez.

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    1. John D

      received my TAX bill today! No wonder the meeting is canceled! What happened to that list i signed for tax relief . I was out of my house for about seven months just like a lot of people We should not have to pay tax for that time!

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    2. NoLongerNew

      I second all of your points.

      At least Doug and Becky scheduled meet & greets this month. Do we know if Frank scheduled any?

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  2. Highlands Non-Partisan

    How convenient. All of the questions/problems that we have been asking for years will once again go unanswered. So I propose that we compile a list of issues that were never dealt with and confront them when we see them out in public getting a free meal or drink…
    1. Why haven’t code enforcement issues been addressed
    2. Why is it still taking months for a new business to get a mercantile licence
    3. Why are people still getting FREE fuel at the borough gas pump
    4. Why aren’t the water pump stations fixed yet
    5. Why haven’t we received any Sandy Aid like surrounding towns
    6. Why is a marina allowed to operate without a mercantile licence
    7. Why is the HBP allowed to exist when they clearly have not done anything
    8. What are they going to do about all of the abandoned houses
    9. The company that Kevin Redmond works for sponsors a few of our events, do they think that this violates the pay to play law
    10. We want to see a list of people that received Sandy Relief money
    11. The TNR program has not lived up to their promises and with the growing population of stray cats post Sandy, now what
    12. When will the noise and public lewdness associated with the patrons of a business be addressed and dealt with
    13. Is the reason why Frank supports the development of the trailer parks because he receives campaign contributions from the land owners

    There are more questions, but I thought I’d throw it out there to you guys. So what would you like to add to the list?

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    1. NoLongerNew

      I think you covered everything. If we had a council meeting this week I might have better answers. To the best of my recollection, at the 10/2 council meeting, there was discussion about hiring a full time code enforcement office and a full time grant writer. Of course we don’t know where we are in the process. Given how slow things move I’d say those might be springtime hires. We’ve only been asking for both for about 6 months.

      Oh, I’d like to ask what the Environment Committee’s mission statement is and what they have done/are doing to accomplish their goals.

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    1. dougcard4highlands

      http://www.state.nj.us/dca/news/news/2013/20131011.html

      Went to the NJ DCA website above. I did not see Highlands on the list. Here’s some copied text from that page.

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 11, 2013

      Christie Administration Disburses More Than $22.5 Million in Essential Services Grants To Sandy-Impacted Municipalities
      Atlantic City, Sea Bright and Toms River Now Have Sandy Recovery Funds in Hand to Help Provide Essential Services as They Rebuild from Superstorm Sandy

      Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced the disbursement of more than $22.5 million in Essential Services Grants to the Sandy-impacted local governments of Atlantic City, Toms River, and Sea Bright. The grants are helping these hard-hit communities avoid layoffs and maintain police and fire protection, public works programs, and other essential services as they continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.

      “Superstorm Sandy presented local governments with the challenge of recovering from the storm while facing difficult budget decisions,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III, whose Department is administering many of the state’s Sandy Recovery programs. “If not for these Essential Services Grants, critical services such as trash pickup and emergency response that people often take for granted would likely have been reduced significantly or eliminated entirely.”

      The $60 million Essential Services Grants program is one of the programs included in the New Jersey Disaster Recovery Action Plan and is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery monies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of this total funding, $22,757,985 has been paid to date to local governments significantly affected by the storm.

      The grants are designed to fill the gap between local governments’ Sandy-generated revenue losses and financial assistance they’ve received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Disaster Loan program.

      Toms River Township has received $14,416,859 in Essential Services Grant funds and is using the money to avoid layoffs of police officers, emergency dispatchers and the public works force assigned to duties such as garbage pickup. The township will receive the remaining $1,093,558 of its grant award at a later date.

      Atlantic City has received its full grant award of $7,497,707 and is utilizing the funding to avoid the layoffs and furloughs of police officers.

      Sea Bright is using the $843,418 it has received in grant money to avoid police layoffs and furloughs and maintain public works services such as garbage pickup. The borough will receive the remaining $231,582 of its grant award at a later date.

      “We are pleased that Essential Services Grant funding is flowing into Toms River, Atlantic City and Sea Bright to aid their recovery efforts,” continued Commissioner Constable. “Because these communities’ insurance payments and FEMA assistance weren’t enough to cover their significant needs, the Christie Administration has stepped in to ensure they have the resources to continue providing essential services until they can return to full strength.”

      In June, the Christie Administration announced the award of more than $44.5 million in Essential Services Grants to 11 Sandy-impacted local governmental entities in New Jersey that are experiencing budget distress. Aside from Atlantic City, Sea Bright and Toms River Township, grant recipients also include Asbury Park, Brigantine Board of Education (BOE), Keansburg BOE, Lavallette BOE, Little Egg Harbor BOE, Ocean County, Pinelands Regional BOE, and Toms River BOE. These local governments will begin to receive their Essential Services funds in the coming weeks.

      For more information on Essential Services Grants, log on to http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/13/2013-15.pdf.

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    1. dougcard4highlands

      An ongoing theme … a day late and a dollar short. Yet Nolan claims we are lined up with FEMA grants. Unfortunately, as our Housing Committee was informed during the FEMA recovery process, FEMA does not provide this type of federal funding – its under the state and NJ DCA to disburse.

      I wonder if they were too busy negotiating Shadow Lawn windfalls back in May instead of meeting critical NJ grant deadlines?

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    2. PrayingMantis

      I am not sure that Highlands was eligible for this program … maybe it would be good to check if we would have qualified.

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  3. rockemsockem

    Can’t imagine a town hit so hard wasn’t eligible…if we just missed boat would be just a shameful, sad, disservice

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