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Happy Sunday Sandsters and I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weekend. The weather is only supposed to get nicer with temperatures hitting 80 tomorrow. What a pleasure working in weather like this when it gets light at 5:30 and stays that way until almost 9!
Today’s blog aims to be a shorter one, for no particular reason than I’m a bit tired. Too much work and not enough rest makes for mistakes and general stupidity, which we are all subject to at the best of times and even more so when we’re exhausted. (I certainly need no help in those areas). Today we’ll talk about my friend, colleague and Senate candidate Rich Pezzullo, who needs your vote on Tuesday so he can help cut regulation and inefficiency in the RREM program. We’ll talk time frames for RREM Path B money/payment issues (both in and out), and give a couple of funny abbreviations for your amusement. We include a link to the latest $882 million Sandy grant and discuss errors in your project and how to deal with them.
Next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Date – 6/12/14, 6 PM Bricktown: Our next Nearly Famous Seminar will be held at the Bricktown branch of the Ocean County Library on Thursday June 12, from 6-8 PM. The library is located at 301 Chambers Bridge Road in Bricktown. Come get current RREM / HMGP information and have your questions answered. Our professional panel includes Evan Hill, PE from Dewberry Engineering and Kathy Dotoli, Esq. from the Law Firm of Kathleen M. Dotoli. I will be moderating and answering construction questions. It’s always an open forum for discussion so bring your surveys and flood elevation certificates. Seating is limited and refreshments will be served. Call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space. This seminar will probably be well attended since I’ve received a number of responses already, so try to reserve a space early.
Politics and Good Ideas – Vote for Rich Pezzullo on Tuesday: For every Sandster that’s fed up with too much paperwork, delay, confusion and lack of transparency in RREM and HMGP, get out on Tuesday June 3rd and vote for my business associate and friend of 20 years Rich Pezzullo for US senate. Rich is a conservative Republican candidate with sound values and great ideas and I urge all Sandsters reading this blog to check out his website at www.pezzulloforsenate.com. Rich supports less government, repealing Obamacare, fiscal sanity (a man after my own heart), more clarity in RREM and HMGP. He deserves your consideration. When he wins the primary on Tuesday, he will be challenging Cory Booker in the fall and he needs your support. You can learn more about Rich’s views, sign up to help his campaign or make a contribution on his website at www.pezzulloforsenate.com. Come out on Tuesday and do your part to help Rich win the primary so we can defeat Cory Booker and liberal tax & spend politics.
Funny abbreviations for comment – Could these be true?
HMGP: Hey Maybe I’ll Get Paid
DCA + DEP = DUM – Department of Ulterior Motives
3rd Round of RREM Funding – Read about it at this link below:
Thoughts and Details on How to Lose $882 Million: It’s great news that we’ve gotten more money for RREM and HMGP (the amount was more than doubled from the $382 million allocation (based in part on testimony I gave at the DCA hearing in Galloway) so a lot more people will be moved into the program and get money to rebuild from RREM.
The bad news is that if we don’t get moving and get another $200 million or so actually spent from the original $600 million HUD grant, we will lose this $882 million round of funding.
One wonders why it is so damn difficult to get funding dollars moving, even after one has been approved, signed, re-signed, chosen a contractor and started your project. Why do 4 people have to sign off on a check requisition?
You can borrow $10 million from a local commercial bank and the commitment requires one sign off and a board approval (I know – I’ve done it many times). For funding under $1 million, 2 people sign off on the funding commitment and 2 people sign off on each requisition. It’s not an act of Congress each time you build something and want to get paid.
The simple expediency of cutting checks weekly instead of monthly would go a long way to getting money out to all the Sandsters, and more importantly will prevent us from losing the second grant allocation, if the first one is not substantially expended.
Anyway, there’s no reason not to start your design stage while waiting for your first Path B payment. It costs very little to get your project moving and you can make good use of the time while you are waiting for your check. You can do soil analysis, start design engineering, get disconnections, remove asbestos, and plan architectural changes. Don’t lose the time while waiting for RREM to move.
Politics and RREM & Governor Christie; Repeat: Though I tend to try and stay out of political commentary (so much effort, so little effect), it seems that RREM is so deeply entrenched in politics and nonsense, that I am forced to take note. As you may know, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the Sandy Bill of Rights, while suggesting 150 changes that would make it acceptable to him. This non-clearheaded action was taken despite the fact that the bill unanimously passed the House & Senate. Really Governor Christie? See last week’s blog for my full rant.
I wasn’t going to include this part again, but a lot of people liked it, so here it is again….What’s needed to break the logjam in RREM and HMGP is a group of actual builders to square off for some simple direct conversation with a representative of the DCA, the DEP, HUD, and RREM. 4 builders, 4 government guys in a room, televised live. Everyone gets a water gun and maybe a Nerf football. Whenever something really dumb is uttered, you get a squirt or a foam football in the head. It should take us less than 3 hours to make some decent progress and 80% of what we decide will actually work to get the program moving (is actually working) more efficiently. I volunteer to be on the panel for free, as would numerous other excellent builders.
Great Job Senator Sweeney for your attempts to overturn the veto. It should be done and you are making the effort. Details in the link below.
Here’s a link to the Sandy Bill of Rights article on NJ.com
RREM / HMGP tip of the day: Secret – What not to say to your housing advisor when asked about RREM or HMGP: See last week’s blog for more detail.
You Tube Link to the last Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar: A little late to the game, but if you’ve missed our seminars and can’t easily attend, here is a link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVI69KoM8DRXqoEblHd94xg
It is not edited and is about 2 hours so feel free to fast forward and skip around to watch what you like and need to know.
Searching the Rebuilding Blog: One of the (few) nice things about WordPress is the Search function. You don’t need to read every blog to find what you want – simply enter a key word and it will take you to blogs where the subject you’re interested in was discussed.
Special Feature for clients from Dream Homes: We take photos of all of our jobs on a regular basis and upload them to Dropbox. We then send a link to each client with their houses folder, so they can see what’s happening each day. Everyone seems to like this – you can feel very connected to the process even if you can’t be there.
Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. You don’t need to wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point or two. The same goes for those of you under construction. Whether or not you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I will always try and help you or guide you in the right direction.
Reminder: if you’ve sent me email or left a voice mail and have not received a response within a day or so, please try and contact me again. I do miss messages here and there.
Note to Sandsters: Though I began and continue to write this blog primarily to help as many Sandsters as possible, Dream Homes Ltd. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We actually do all of the work that I talk about in the blog. We work with private clients and Path B and C in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for an estimate on your rebuilding project.
Hope this helps. As always, call or write with any questions.
Stay well Sandsters.
Dream Homes Ltd.
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
Licensed NJ New Home Builder License# 045894
Licensed NJ Home Improvement Contractor License# 13VH07489000
PO Box 627 Forked River, NJ 08731
Office: 609 693 8881 F: 609 693 3802
Cell: 732 300 5619