1. T&M spoke about their work with FEMA and what was needed to start the work to repair the community center. They estimate the cost to just repair and waterproof the building back to its pre-Sandy condition to be $800k, which they believe Highlands should be reimbursed up to 90% by FEMA. Side note, in Oct 2013, the costs to rebuild and waterproof the community center was quoted at $300k.
2. Tom Smith was voted in as Highlands new municipal Judge. Mr. Smith is a past president of the Monmouth Bar Association, former municipal prosecutor and the current public defender in Highlands as well as two other New Jersey municipalities. Side note: there is now a resolution requisitioning a new Public Defender R-15-095
3. New Parking Rules are now on Portland Road. 0-15-16 was passed that amends Section 7-3.4, to allow parking on Portland Road between Highland Avenue and Hillside Avenue, with the exception of parking ten (10) feet from a fire hydrant, twenty-five (25) feet from an intersection and fifty (50) feet from a stop sign. Further, it prohibits parking on Portland Road at all times in those areas not designated above, with the exception of the east side of Portland Road at the area one hundred and twenty-four (124) feet south of the utility pole identified as BT40103hb to forty (40) feet north of the utility pole identified as B7224;
4. Nancy O’Neil submitted her resignation from the construction office and it was accepted. The town is actively looking for a P/T replacement. Not being able to backfill the position immediately could slow down the permitting process for those residents trying to lift this spring/summer. Interested applicants should submit an application and resume to the Borough Hall located at 42 Shore Drive, Highlands.
5. Speaking of procrastination, the council tabled the following to a future date: “R-15-91” A Resolution Authorizing RFP’s for Website Design & Hosting Services, “0-15-15” an Ordinance Prohibiting Certain Animals, “0-15-13” an Ordinance to Exceed Budget Appropriation Limits, and the rewording of “R-14-220” which requires disclaimers from all employees, agents, volunteers when posting on the Highlands NJ Facebook page as well as all other Social Media.
These are only 5 of the items discussed in April 1st council meeting. To view the whole meeting, please view online.