Did they foresee another flood? Did they just run into Mercantile issues like the auto repair place did?
Net – Net: Another potential Highlands business bites the dust.
The first was neighborhoods devastated by Sandy and where the recovery process was a year later with occupied vs vacant homes.
If you are a registered user you received a Official Election Sample Ballot in the mail. It goes over what the voting booth in Highlands will look like, who is running (Except for the write in candidates, those will need to press the button next to the “Write In” under the Personal Choice column (Way Right) and type in your personal choice if you do not want one of the “named candidates.”
Under the Public Questions to be voted on, you will notice a “Municipal Public Question“, It will state:
“Shall the charter of the Borough of Highlands governed by Small Municipality Plan B be amended, as permitted under that plan, to provide for the holding of regular (i.e. nonpartisan) municipal elections in May?” – With a Yes/No check box to the right of it.
What this means is, Highlands will switch to a Non-Partisan government and the Republican/Democrat titles will no longer be relevant. The party heads will no longer gets to choose who gets to run in Highlands, we the residents do. It will also push the “municipal elections” to May.
If you want to learn more about the Non-Partisan movement, there will be a Q & A at Waterwitch Coffee Oct 30 @ 7pm
VFW & John Schneider of Jerseybayshore.com are presenting the video debate between the Highlands mayoral candidates. When: Sunday (11/3, 1-4pm) — there will be a continuous showing of the debates with pizza from Francesco’s Pizza, etc. Donations requested to benefit the VFW.
Drinking game alert:
Any time the following words are spoken, take a sip of your chosen libation:
|Highlands Project Prioritization||V||I||D||Final Priority Ranking|
|BAY AVE RENAISSANCE||34||13||8||Vital|
|CAPITALIZING ON SANDY HOOK & HIGHLANDS WATERFRONT||24||16||10||Important|
|STORMWATER DRAINAGE & FLOOD MITIGATION||58||5||0||Vital|
|DIRECT PIPING OF STORMWATER FROM RT 36 TO RIVER||55||7||1||Vital|
|US ARM CORP OF ENGINEERS IDEAS||41||3||1||Vital|
|ENHANCE STEEP SLOPE STABILITY TOWN WIDE||21||22||4||Important|
|ASSESS, REPAIR, & UPGRADE SANITARY SYSTEM TO REDUCE I &I, LOWER RATES TO CUSTOMERS||49||9||2||Vital|
|WATERFRONT PROMOTION MARITIME HISTORY & THE ARTS||11||18||20||Important|
|CODE COMPLIANCE & ENFORCEMENT||21||18||13||Important|
|COMMUNITY CENTER REDEVELOPMENT||16||20||15||Important|
I’m thinking he means Paradise Park.
It will mean additional $750 thousand in rateable revenue that Highlands is not seeing now.
The final FEMA long term recovery meeting @7:30 pm. The location is Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour. This meeting will present to the public the top ideas that came out of the various sub committees.
This meeting will analyze the cost estimates and strategies on how to get these projects funded and built. We will also choose project champions.
Bring your stickers.
The Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP), is administered by the Monmouth County Division of Planning and Contracting, will fund up to $15,000 worth of eligible expenses for Sandy impacted households, like outstanding mortgage payments, utility bills, household items and more. Municipalities will apply then act like vendor management company.
Middletown Township and Atlantic Highlands were one of the first municipalities to apply for the program after applications were made available on Oct. 7. Funds are expected to be released as soon as the end of the year. The program ends in September 2015.
Municipalities interested in participating in the program have to submit a detailed application packet to the county by Oct. 30.
SHRAP is a “different animal” than other Sandy grant programs, as it will essentially require towns to act as vendors for the various services residents apply for. No money goes to the individuals or families. So how it would work is a resident would come in to the municipality and say ‘I can’t make my mortgage payment next month.’ The town would make the mortgage payment. Next month, they come back — same thing. As soon as you hit that $15,000, you’re done. That’s one possible scenario.”
County officials invited interested municipalities to participate in an informational session on the program in Freehold on Oct. 15, where specific eligibility requirements and other details were expected to be discussed.
Sounds pretty good right? Oh yeah Highlands isn’t on the list yet. I don’t see on the HIghlandsnj.com web site as a public notice and they aren’t on the County web site as a participating municipality.
All I can think of is Frank Nolan in his interview with John Schneider on Blog Radio “Honestly, I don’t feel overwhelmed since Sandy” and “I’m a Leader” – Frank.. a Leader would make sure Highlands was in the mix for all and any grants like these. As far as him not feeling overwhelmed since Sandy, the only thing that comes to mind is Monty Python and the Black Knight. No arms and legs and wanting the bite King Arthur’s knee caps off, “I’m invincible!” he shouts, King Arthur looks back at him and says “You’re a looney” Seriously how can anyone *not* feel overwhelmed, and if that’s true, is that whats preventing him to go after Grants because he thinks no one else is overwhelmed?
My other thought was Becky’s interview on Youtube – all smiles talking about “We don’t need a grant writer, we have a grant writer.” Then went on to talk about the procurement of the Fire Truck. Hmmm… Firetruck — or helping residents keep paying their mortgage, Firetruck — or helping residents keep paying their mortgage.. How the hell did Firetruck win if we had to choose which grant to go for?? And before you literal people comment that we got the fire truck before the grant came along, I understand it, but it shows why “we do need a grant writer” or at least someone who is going to read the memo’s and take the initiative to go after this stuff.
This kind of stuff has been happening since Sandy.. well it probably happened before Sandy, but since Sandy was such a crap sandwich, it just shined a spotlight on the priorities (or lack thereof) and ineptness of our current leadership. Of course the flip side is; ok we “got” the money, who will disperse the $15,000 allotment ? HBP, Hope for Highlands, tax assessor, Solution Center, Tim Hill? How do we ensure this money would not go to the inside select few who would obviously find ways to exhaust these funds quickly.
Tonight’s Full Moon is the one that falls directly after the Harvest Moon (which was Sept. 19) and is called the Hunter’s Moon. The best time to view it is 7:38 p.m. Eastern. The other things that’s unique is that there’s a lunar eclipse happening, too. It’s subtle, however, not a total eclipse but what’s called a penumbral eclipse, when the Earth’s outer shadow partially covers the lunar being. You might see a little darkening but it happens very gradually. That event begins around 5:50 p.m. eastern, and will peak around at 7:50 p.m. then ends around 9:50 p.m.
I predict an eventful night in Highlands tonight with possible flooding.
#1 Sea Drift
#2 Miller Street
This was nominated by someone on their way to work. Note the broken window & BIG x on the front door.
This one isn’t as scary as the first two, its one of the little bungalows on Jackson, but front door is broken and weeds are a mess.
1. Find out your BFE (Base Flood Elevation) http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table
This will tell you if you’re an AE or V zone and what height you need to start with.
2. Do Soil Boring – this is important to see if you can keep your current foundation or footing or need new. i.e. sandy soil vs. clay
3. Hire an architectural engineer to draw the plans up for masonry or pilings
4. Get permits: Building, Demo
5. Remove steps/stairs/porches
6. Schedule Disconnects: Water, Sewer, Electric, Gas, Cable etc.
7. Actual Lift takes place
8. Install masonry or pilings
9. Back fill and Grade property so any new water runs away from foundation
10. Lower house on new foundation
11. Reconnect all utilities
12. Put up new stairs/decks/porches
THE OCTOBER 16TH COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT AT 8:00 P.M. HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A LACK OF A QUORUM. THE NEXT SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING IS NOVEMBER 6TH, 2013.
Sandy Hook - (meet at parking lot D) **Sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Montecalvo Recovery Facility, and Rotary International District 7510**
Sea Bright - 2 sites
- Sea Bright Public Beach (meet at municipal parking lot)
- Borough Hall – 1067 Ocean Avenue
Ok, this is very last minute but..
Creative NJ is meeting Wed at the Bay Ave. Bakery and cafe. The Bakery is located at 111 Bay ave., directly across from the Cumberland Farms. Parking is on the street or in the lot next door.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the work Creative NJ has done here is a link to a story about our CreativeMonmouth convening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtB2L-Yp5oE and here is another link to a short overview of the Open Space methodology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTEO9CQe7Mw.
Here is a proposed agenda, but feel free to email me and additions or changes :
10:00am — 11:30am
II. Discussion: The Recovery in Highlands Thus Far
III. Introduction to Creative New Jersey’s process
IV. Discussion: Creative Highlands
V. Next Steps