Should Fences Be ‘Required’ in Highlands?


waterwitch vehicles I’ve gotten emails with regard to the neglected properties series on properties, that aren’t necessarily abandoned or over run with weeds, but have become over run with abandoned vehicles, commercial vehicles etc. (see for example to the left: 2 boats, an old truck, a commercial truck, and an old wave runner behind the truck.)

We aren’t taking a house under construction or even being lived in, but one becoming a pseudo vehicle grave yard.

That being said, should some one be able to store a  boat on his property without grief from their neighbors? – Maybe. But on the flip side should neighbors be subjected to multiple vehicles viewable on a property?

Should Highlands Property Owners be required to construct a fence to block the view of non-registered vehicles?

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  1. I live on this block and it has become a junkyard/storage facility and eyesore. I looked up codes for residential property and this Is clearly not allowed! People have complained and just being ignored( big surprise) Once again….big talk no action by people who made promises on campaign trail.

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  2. I thought all vehicles kept on your property had to be registered, if thats not the case, when did that change, they use to enforce this, I once had a car on my property that we were working on for my son, but couldn’t afford to do the work all at one time and were told then if it wasn’t registered, it had to be removed from the property and ours wasn’t a junk car, so my answer is fences shouldn’t be required, the junk cars should be removed period !!!

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  3. There are so many more pressing issues in Highlands. Neighbors worrying about how many vehicles are parked on someone’s property, is a really petty concern. As a tax payer, I don’t want any time wasted on dealing with this when we still have some very serious flooding issues which should be address. Fences and vehicles are the least of our worries. And this is coming from someone who’s had an abandoned property next door for the last several years. How our neighborhood looks will mean nothing if it’s under water every time we get a heavy rain.

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    • So your saying we should continue to use our tax dollars to pay people to do a job thats not getting done? We should except people saying that one of the priorities is code enforcement and ignore code enforcement? If so what makes you think anything is going to get done about flooding? If we can’t deal with the no brainers I don’t have faith in anyone solving flooding. Speaking of which, when are they going to do anything about flooding.., our pumps not working, storm drains never cleared out… Nothing!!!! We should be capable of dealing with more than one issue in this town especially when one ican easily be achieved. People should not be creating worse situations like a junkyard while we are trying to recover and make attractive to investors.
      It’s really ridiculous and enough is enough! Clean the crap out already!!!!!

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    • One of the major issues the town is facing is the lack of ratables. Having a junk yard on the block just brings down the property values the town is so desperate to maintain. The administration has been turning a blind eye to the code violations for years. Property values weren’t exactly increasing before the storm and the town continues to ignore the blight. The mayor tells us the town can’t afford to go to court. It is evident that we can’t afford NOT to.

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    • kony i understand you want them to deal with flooding, but things like code enforcement need to be done too. an example is this, a boat from captain coves junkyard which should not have been there floated away and hit a house a block away. thankfully it didnt do major damage but if the town had done their job it would not of had a chance to hit someone elses house. yes flooding is a problem but some things are avoidable and if code enforcement is not done and flooding or a bad storm etc happen things could be worse. how would you like it if we only got a little bit of water and someones boat went into your house? your flooding problems are important to you and others but this topic is very important to people as well.

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  4. We were hit very hard by Sandy and flooding is an issue!! But if we can make one property look good by removing crap in the yard, shouldnt it be done! Its the LAW! This house is not abandoned… if you think its fine maybe they could have it put into your yard so you can look at it….. just saying

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  5. once again it all comes down to code enforcement. if it was proper code enforcement in the town we wouldn’t have situations like this. A gross example of this is Captain Cove Marina on Washington Ave. even though there have been complaints about this property mess for almost a decade now and nothing has been done.

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  6. Just wondering Rock are the vehicles in question registered? If so, then that is their right to park them on their private property. If not, then they are violating borough ordinance.

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    • Honestly I don’t know if vehicles are registered but I highly doubt it. But seems to me anyone can start a storage business on their property if that is allowed. Why don’t we become the storage business town and all make money. They didn’t want a car tow company in our business district cause it had wasn’t attractive but homeowners have to live with thiese eyesores. It’s all backwards !

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  7. If you’re the taxpayer living next door to a place like this and are trying to sell your house, it will have an impact. If you are a potential buyer looking at a neighboring property, this may discourage you from purchasing. So yes, I think it is a big deal. Stuff like this is holding back the overall recovery effort. And I agree it sends the wrong message to residents in town.

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  8. Code Enforcement !!! Without exception. The empty building that burned down which belonged to a fireman’s family was not in compliance to code. It should have been torn down years ago … Why was that lot overlooked? Meanwhile the adjacent owners are suffering financial hardship due to collateral fire damage. Once again without proper investigation and going out to bid the town quickly paid off a local contractor for a demolition bill courtesy of the taxpayers. So who is really liable? … The owner for not giving a damn about property value? … Or the town for not issuing code enforcement placing other taxpayers in harms way? Enforce the codes!

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  9. The old beat up truck, the wave runners, the big generator on the trailer have no plates. The big green fork lift is commercial with no plates… The only thing that has a plates is the big boat!!

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  10. It’s hardly a petty issue when it brings down the property value of their neighbors. And as a struggling town, that’s a huge issue.

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  11. i am chuckling as i write this because this is what ppl on washington ave have dealt with for years. now i have heard rumors that the owner in question is trying to sell it and there is some sort of “drama” aka litagation with the town which is why he is doing nothing. the property value of any house will be decreased if anyone was living next to any sanford and son property. i doubt you would have brought your house if thats what was across it when you first got there, unless it was a REAL GOOD DEAL. its the same ppl in town who get away with . . . well we all know. code enforcement is vital to this town!!!!! but me thinks that the innocent, not connected ppl of this town will be the victims of the code enforcement crackdown when it happens. only time will tell.

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  12. I agree with highlander… Unfortunately without community involvement the lots that will be targeted or selected for code violations may indeed be victims of a personal agenda vs. across the board code enforcement. It would be prudent to have some form of oversight re: the documentation of complaints and violations on record vs. the documentation and summons issued re: actual action taken against property owners. Otherwise the good ‘ol boy dynamics will continue to self-serve their selected interests and the taxpayers will continue to foot the bill without any productive return.

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    • You know the Mayor says we can’t afford code enforcement but we probably spent more money demolishing 6 structures(so far)…two from fires, three homes from Locust Street collapse and one from 2nd Avenue collapse…than it would for a full time dedicated code enforcer. There is more waste from being reactive rather than proactive.

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    • im not the brightest person, but wouldnt this be a form of revenue for the town and it would show that the ppl of this town have some sort of pride?

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    • From what I hear at council meetings the town pays Brannins Construction for the demo …. Which equals an immediate cost to taxpayers …. Then places a lien on the property … Which equals a future reimbursement. So until a building permit or sale is associated with that lot the town is stuck with the cost.

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    • Property pictured above is owned via APP data universe by a Brannin(i assume related) so I guess they are setting up shop on Waterwitch now? @No Longer…your not kidding about nepotism! I really don’t get after all people have been through to put their homes and lives back together that such blatant disrespect for your neighbors and the LAW is acceptable:) Disgusted!!!!!

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  13. There have been dilapidated cars parked on the street of Seadrift for years unregistered and undriveable. One of this persons 4 unregistered ,undriveable vehicles was abandoned during Sandy and floated OVER the bulkhead into the river. The owner actually came back looking for it. Complaints were repeatedly logged with the police about the vehicles and not one citation was ever issued. This individual is once again collecting old junk cars once again unregistered and undriveable. This time maybe the neighbors should call the state police..

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  14. If the elected officials can’t take of these issues, who else can we call? can I sign a complaint on the code enforcer for not doing his PAID job! I wonder if I can get that job….. get paid for doing nothing!
    Dear cleanup highlands… I am so sorry that you have to live with garbage on your street. I can’t understand how this is aloud!!! WOW

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