Category Archives: Abandoned Homes

Do You Know Who Is Running For Highlands Council?


Want to Find Out And Ask Them Questions?

When/Where:

Candidate Forum Monday 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Henry Hudson High School

Agenda:

– Each candidate will give a 2 minute bio;
– There will be 4 questions that will be asked of each candidate to start the forum, which they will have prior to Monday night.
-the 4 most popular question requested by the public will be provided to them hopefully on Friday.
– They will have one minute to answer each question. (10 seconds will be the most overtime they will have, Rosemary Ryan the moderator will have someone timing this)

Break

– the Moderator will then start asking the questions from the box and ask until 8:25.
– The candidates will have a 1 minute closing statement.

How to Ask Questions:
– There will be index cards at the check in table at the high school. Each person (audience) will be able to write down one question and drop it into the clear box that will be at the door.

****If you cannot make it and would still like to send a question, PM Rosemary Ryan on Facebook or email her at roryan720@gmail.com

You can also post questions on the Borough of Highlands Facebook Page (Please note you will have to join that page to post a question)

Any questions PM’d, emailed or Posted will be added to the box at the Forum for the running Candidates to answer.

There should be a video tape made available after, for those who can not attend.

TBT – Where the abandoned Properties are?


This is a most improved addition… All three have been touched since 2013:

1. Bay Ave and Miller

miller and bay

2. Miller and Shore

miller and shore

3. Shore by Seastreak

shore drive by ferry

 

TBT Abandoned House Tour – Where Are They Now II


house tour sd dThe small one above is missing a front porch.

house tour bay e

The one above, has been like that since before Sandy and Irene. At one point last year, someone posted a sign with a picture asking the owner “Be a good neighbor“.

house tour sea drift fThis one was lifted last summer, then all construction stopped. Not sure if there were money issues, permit issues, code issues or all of the above.

 

 

 

 

Learning From Other Towns


all in this together I would like to share the goals and objectives that Sea Bright’s Mayor has mapped out for her town. Believe it or not – it is not that far off from what could be said for Highlands. After all we shared the same resources in developing our FEMA Long Term Recovery Plan and our SRPR report for our upcoming Master Plan. The only difference is that we have no defined action plan publicly placed before us as a community.

What we do have are agenda minutes, studies and options buried in folders on the desks of various town officials and department heads – with no cohesive attempt to put it all together into one concise focus. We have developers and financial interests that recognize the potential of Highlands. We even have concerned residents attending meetings and requesting many of the same objectives you read in Mayor Long’s list. For example: Town Hall & PD buildings; CRS program; pump stations; written reports from committees; website interaction; business development on Bay Ave; streetscape projects; and attention to abandoned properties, etc.

What’s missing? Leadership? Focus? Competence? Communication? Public Forums?

I urge residents to keep attending our town meetings to help make this happen. Especially when it comes to public participation in the Master Plan. Get informed. Read the many reports and studies those outside agencies have publicly provided pro bono to the town Highlands. Speak out and demand feedback. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

I urge the Highlands Council and our Borough Administrator to listen to the residents, to step up our game, and to take a good look outside of Highlands to see how things can get done.

Councilman Doug Card (Highlands)

(Rusty) signs of Sandy


rusty signsHomes aren’t the only thing that were affected by Sandy. Some of the [street] signs that were submerged are showing the after-effects of Sandy as well.

So add this to the to-do list of Sandy clean up:

Make a list of submerged street signs that either need to come down or replaced.

Where are we in Highlands 2 years after Sandy


October 2013 we went to Henry Hudson and listened to the Highlands Prioritization Report at the FEMA recovery meeting.  I wanted to give an update of where we are.

Highlands Project Prioritization Oct 2013 V I D Final Priority Ranking Completed by Oct 2014
STORM WATER DRAINAGE & FLOOD MITIGATION 58 5 0 Vital N
DIRECT PIPING OF STORM WATER FROM RT 36 TO RIVER 55 7 1 Vital N
ASSESS, REPAIR, & UPGRADE SANITARY SYSTEM TO REDUCE I &I, LOWER RATES TO CUSTOMERS 49 9 2 Vital N
US ARM CORP OF ENGINEERS IDEAS 41 3 1 Vital N
BAY AVE RENAISSANCE 34 13 8 Vital N
HOUSING ADVOCATE 24 12 7 Vital N
CAPITALIZING ON SANDY HOOK & HIGHLANDS WATERFRONT 24 16 10 Important N
ENHANCE STEEP SLOPE STABILITY TOWN WIDE 21 22 4 Important N
CODE COMPLIANCE & ENFORCEMENT 21 18 13 Important N*
COMMUNITY CENTER REDEVELOPMENT 16 20 15 Important N
WATERFRONT PROMOTION MARITIME HISTORY & THE ARTS 11 18 20 Important N
BIKE PATH 5 19 30 Desirable N

* October 22, 2014 an ordinance was passed to give the town more leverage to go after abandoned/foreclosed homes.

 

Union Beach Puts Law on Books to Tackle Abandoned Home Problem


Bay Ave 2According today’s App.com Union Beach Borough Council recently put a law on the books that requires owners of vacant homes (mostly bank owned and negligent landlords) to register those properties by escalating annual fees that begin at $500 and top out, after three consecutive years, at $5,000.

The new ordinance puts strict requirements on owners to maintain the appearance of the property — mowing lawns and picking up trash — and also perform repair or remediation on the interior of the home as well.

Violators are subject to fines up to $1,000 per instance and those penalties can be assessed as liens on the property.

Jennifer Wenson Maier (UB Borough Administrator ) is well aware that many Union Beach families were forced out of their homes after Superstorm Sandy and still are trying to figure out the finances to return. Even though it doesn’t specify what kind of owner these rules can be enforced upon, the borough will not apply it to those people, she said.

Union Beach is not looking to go after homeowners who are looking to go back into their homes, they are specifically targeting bank-owned properties and to negligent landlords.

Some of the dangers reported are: raccoons, skunks, rodents, rats, kids going into them, lower property values for neighboring homes, and because of the high grass, people using them as a dumping ground, and mold in the homes in many cases.