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.
The track of the storm is still up in the air, but the possibility for a heavy rain or a snow event is likely, forecasters say. The National Weather Service activated its Hazardous Weather Outlook on Saturday, warning of a coastal storm that could produce either snow or rain changing to snow the day before Thanksgiving, impacting holiday travel.
Does this sound familiar? Maybe because the same forecast was predicted for the last 2 years.
and again in 2013 – “What the Thanksgiving Nor’Easter means to Highlands“
Monday night’s town hall meeting, wasn’t necessarily a “town hall meeting” like past meetings have been conducted. Steve Nelson from NJ Future presented a summary of the SRPR (Strategic Recovery Planning Report). – If you hear people speak about the SRPR you now know what it stands for.
The SRPR was worked on by Steve Nelson (who also handles the SRPR in Sea Bright as well as Highlands) and a Steering Committee in Highlands made up of Art Gallagher, Larry Colby, Mayor Nolan, Tim Hill and Kevin Redmond. I don’t know how they were chosen to make up the steering committee, I would personally put someone else on just to have a different perspective, but that’s just me.)
The council is going to go through the report in its entirety and then vote on adopting the report as a road map to move the town forward (R-14-199) in Wednesday’s Night Council Meeting.
Chapter 1 of the report – goes over the demographics of Highlands (Although admittedly they used pre-sandy demographics).
Chapter 2 of the report – goes over the impact assessment of what Sandy did to Highlands.
Chapter 3 of the report – goes over future risk assessment
Chapter 4 of the report covers Getting Resilient
In this chapter they looked at the current Master plan, current zoning, the Planning Documents from Rutgers studio and the recommended FEMA plan
Chapter 5 Assessment of Existing Planning and Zoning Documents (such as)
Chapter 6 Recommendations (not in order of priority)
Chapter 7 includes the Who, What, When and dollar amount to achieve the recommendations.
To view presentation from town hall CLICK HERE
To view NJ Future’s Report CLICK HERE
This week The Two River Times did an article on Highlands again. Specifically on how Highlands Borough and PD is still being run out of Trailers.
“We’re not closing the door on any options” said Borough Administrator Tim Hill, who hopes to have a more definitive direction by next month.”
Options they are considering include:
Gee nothing has changed since the storm.
“The council hasn’t spoken publicly about which option it prefers at this point,”
I think I remember they had a meeting at Ptak where they spoke about options and them leaning towards building a brandy new facility. Anybody else? I did a follow up post about it.
To read the full TRT article click here
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Highlands is one of 6 towns in Monmouth county that have been accepted into a state program to demolish unwanted, unsightly and unsafe housing, according to the NJ DCA.
Highlands has historically had its share of abandoned homes. Hurricane Sandy has compounded the problem. The issue since Sandy of the down spiraling of property values, rodents, critters, high grass and criminal activity isn’t specific to Highlands but has proven to be problematic all over the bay shore.
Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration made $15 million in federal money available to cover the costs of razing Sandy-damaged buildings through the Unsafe Structure Demolition Program.
This is actually progress. Hopefully the initiative will begin sooner than later, as to alleviate the emotional impact of residents who have to view the abandoned homes day after day. When properties remain untouched still after Sandy, it gives a feeling of hopelessness to its neighbors who do live there, it’s just a feeling of, “are we ever going to get out of this?”
When & Where:
Tuesday, June 10th 7:00 PM
**Off The Hook**
1 Navesink Ave, Highlands, NJ (732) 872-2006
Tuesday, June 24th at 7:00 PM
2 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ (732) 872-1245
RSVP REQUESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED. PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL: 732.899.1408
Food and Beverages will be served at both events
Sea Drift resident Claudette D’arrigo opened her NJ Manufacturer Flood Bill last month and was a little shocked. It was $34,526.
First thought, Is this a typo?
Second thought, I’m over 15 ft in the air…
Third thought, this can’t be correct.. THIS can’t be correct… THIS – CAN’T- BE- RIGHT..
After multiple calls between the insurance company, FEMA and her mortgage company.. it was right. Not right in the sense of logical but right in the sense that they meant to send her that bill.
She is now in discussions with Senator Menedez and there is a piece on Monday June 9 at 10pm on My9NJ Chasing NJ about how you do everything you’re suppose to do, lift above the recommended height for those extra insurance breaks and you still could get a HUGE insurance bill.
Here is the letter stating that her Sea Drift home is in a V-zone and the $34,526 premium is correct.
According to May’s Christian Monitor,
“Farmers Insurance filed class action lawsuit last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area for failing to prepare for flooding. The suits argue towns should have known climate change would produce more flooding.”
The premise being that insurance companies want to push cities to invest in prevention as a way to avoid future lawsuits and ultimately future payouts to policy holders.
What do you think ?
A year ago I did a poll on how residents thought the Council was doing with Sandy Recovery, I wanted to do a re-poll and see how you’re thoughts have changed?
Warning, Warning..According to Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a nor’easter like the December 1992 storm could cause “breakthroughs” along the Jersey Shore.
The weather service forecast for Neptune on Friday called for a chance of rain, snow and heavy surf on Tuesday, with rain and snow likely on Tuesday night and a chance of snow on Wednesday.
The post-winter storm could add another frozen white layer on top of one of New Jersey’s snowiest seasons in 120 years. It also could cause coastal flooding and pound beaches pummeled by Sandy in October 2012.
MOVE YOUR CARS…
Residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy whose homes were insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are facing a late April 2014 deadline to submit all proof of loss documents and comply with NFIP claim requirements. Homeowners who have not appealed or filed additional forms and proof of damages by this deadline will lose the right to challenge their NFIP settlement. The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has partnered with United Policyholders, a non-profit insurance consumer organization, to host a webinar open to Relief Fund grantees, partners and New Jersey homeowners that will provide guidance on preparing these necessary documents. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm ET and will walk participants through the NFIP claim and appeal rules, and best practices for documenting and filing losses. To participate in the webinar register at: www.uphelp.org/webinar
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Homeowners, Case Managers, Non-profits active in Sandy Recovery &
Long Term Recovery Groups.
Please help them spread the word about the approaching deadline and this available resource to the families, individuals and communities you serve by posting it on your Facebook or Twitter, sending an email to your contacts, or alerting residents via flyers or word of mouth. All Sandy impacted residents and organizations active in recovery efforts are welcome to logon and learn.
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Room request of each recipient are achieved by partnering with volunteers who are redecorators, artists and craftspeople who passionately work to create an individual space that brings back a sense of normalcy and rediscovery
The end result is a new space that send a message of hope to those rebuilding. Room in Our Hearts accomplishes this by using recycled, repurposed, and refashioned pieces of furniture and home decor along with new pieces as needed.
For more information on Room in Our Hearts call 732-620-4944 or click here to visit their website.
Where: Highlands Elementary school, 7pm
Public is invited,
Area to be discussed for possible Flood mitigation ideas: old trailer park west of town to Snug Harbor
Note: There will be multiple meetings, as they are breaking apart in multiple areas. Mitigation tactics applicable in one area may not be applicable in another. Wednesday Nights meeting is for Project Area / Unit 2.
Areas are broken out as follows;
For info purposes, these were the Unit Areas as proposed by the USACE for planning purposes. When meetings are scheduled, some areas may be combined based on the uniqueness or challenges within the area.
Unit 1 – Paradise Park and Adjacent Property
Unit 2- Willow to Snug Harbor
Unit 3- Snug Harbor to Seadrift
Unit 4- Seadrift to Cedar
Unit 5- Cedar to Miller St
Unit 6 – Miller Street to South Street (Shrewsbury Ave properties)
Unit 7 – South Street to Bridge
They are looking to assess the unmet needs of Sandy Survivors
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 – 12:00
Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Field House
48 Avenue C
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Sponsored by the Monmouth County Health Department under a Social Services Block Grant from the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Local Public Health.
You might remember in November when 148 Bay Ave burned down, something else happened within the last week that is interesting, the apartments behind Andy’s Shore Bar between Miller and North Street were torn down.
That leaves a lot of open space around Andy’s Shore Bar. Does that mean this St Pattys day parade is the last time you can go into Andy’s Shore Bar?
Only time will tell.
Highlands was one of four towns that was awarded monies to assist with the recovery of their downtown areas after Sandy.
The grants are for replacement of old and cracked sidewalks and curbs, installation of pedestrian-scale street lights, bike racks, benches and trash receptacles to support the community.
The National Weather Service is predicting a “major nor’easter” could develop off the Atlantic coast Wednesday night into Thursday, dumping as much as 8 inches or more of snow.
The high tides to watch are both high tides on Thursday, as well as the morning high tide on Friday. Significant rainfall as well as a full moon on Friday may worsen the coastal flooding impacts.
Watch the streets to see if you need to move your cars. Remember that if you don’t move your car and the ice freezes around the tires, you can be stuck till it warms up or ruin your tires.
The announcement came one day after a report documented that many NJ homeowners hit hard by the storm were wrongly told they would get no aid.
Public advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center says more than 3,000 applicants were told they were not eligible for one reason or another.
The RREM Grant offers up to $150,000 to rebuild and elevate homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy.