Guest Blogger Carolyn Broullon: NJ Future Wants to Hear from You

NJ Future logoNJ Future has teamed up with a research scientist from Carnegie Mellon University to support Highlands in our effort to develop a long-term resiliency plan.  One part of this support involves reaching out to and engaging with the public to talk about flooding risk and plausible solutions. To that end, they developed a short survey to understand how best to talk about these issues with community members.

Please help our community in its plan for recovery and resiliency:
This 10-15 minute survey will ask about your beliefs on flooding and flooding risk.  Your answers will help Highlands and NJ Future make plans for long-term community resiliency.  In a few months, you will receive a summary of the answers given by the community.

Here is the link to the survey:

Your participation is greatly appreciated!

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About Carolyn Broullon

Who is Carolyn Broullon and how do you pronounce that last name? I discovered Highlands in 2002 while looking for a vacation home. After a few months, I realized what an amazing town this is and got rid of my NYC apartment to live here full time. It took a while to learn all my neighbor’s names and stories since I worked in Manhattan and wasn’t around from 7:30 am – 7:30 pm on workdays. Now, I’m proud to say we’re not just neighbors but good friends. After Sandy, so many of us were either living out of town or simply couldn’t make it up the hill to go to the council meetings, so my wife and I signed up for a free account, bought a USB microphone and started streaming the meetings from our Mac laptop. We felt it was important for those displaced to have a way to see the council meetings, to participate in our future. At the end of the summer of 2013, a group of residents came together to try to help the town move forward by re-introducing non-partisan elections to Highlands. We met as strangers with different ideas and party affiliations, but banded together to make our town more than just Democrats and Republicans. After knocking on doors and educating residents on how non-partisan election work, we successfully changed how we elect our council people in Highlands. This is now a direct process in which political party leaders do not choose who is on the ballot, Highlanders do. My professional background has prepared me well for serving Highlands. I’ve been working in market research since 1992, coordinating international fieldwork, conducting focus groups and managing staff. My start in research was at Data Development, now known as Radius Global Market Research [one of the largest independent market research firm in the US], then on to Research International, now a part of TNS in the WPP Group [one of the top 5 market research firms in the world]. From 1999-2006, I had my own research business then I went on to my current position Vice President of Gazelle Global. Skills I’ve honed along the way include budgeting, staff management, contract negotiations and conflict resolution. Most of all, my training has given me the tools to listen to people and transform those thoughts and ideas into action. I believe I can use my business experience to help our town. Now that I’m working from home, I have the time to do just that. We need so many things, but we must also prioritize. Here’s a short list of actions I believe will make a difference in everyday Highlander’s lives: 1. Negotiate a resolution to Borough Hall and the Police Department residing in trailers 2. Aggressive code enforcement to bring in much needed revenue 3. Review current operational cost and make cuts where appropriate 4. Remove ordinances that hinder new business development We need to embrace the use of volunteers to contribute to a town-wide recovery including: light construction, painting, weed-whacking and street sweeping. There are many things we can do locally, without state or Federal funding. We have many tradespeople in town that can guide volunteers to complete much needed projects. Those of you that know me have seen this example, but for those of you who do not: In December of 2008, a serve flood wiped out a road to a state park in Hawaii. After being told by the state that repairs would take $4 million dollars and up to 2 years to fix, the residents and business owners came together, rented heavy equipment, got some volunteers, and in April of 2009, they did it themselves, in 8 days. What’s on your short list? What are your ideas? Don’t be shy. Tell me. I’m listening. Yours for Highlands, Carolyn P.S. Broullon is pronounced brew-yawn. Just think: You brew coffee so you don’t yawn.

4 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Carolyn Broullon: NJ Future Wants to Hear from You

  1. Dee

    Can I just put a general question out there? Is it true that the government of the highlands had no flood insurance before Sandy? Also, this citizen will not support the building of any government’s bad enough I am paying crazy taxes for a school that has very few students. Please tell me what’s up with that? I want to thank everybody who goes to the meetings and lets me know what is really going on
    Thanks, Dee


  2. Claudette

    I believe we had no flood insurance on our rec center or our town hall. This was stated at a number of borough council meetings .


  3. Tired of being taxed to death

    The former elected officials that took part in the failure to properly insure our buildings should be indicted for fiduciary failure. The money was appropriated in the budgets each and every year, but were somehow either misappropriated or diverted to other interests. The sheer negligence of insuring especially after Irene is extremely distressful for a town of 4500 residents. This is shameful, to say the least. To think that we are in the top 5 highest taxed property owners in the county makes this even more shameful.


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