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What Would You Improve in Howell in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Howell, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Howell to make it an even better place to live?

During this past election some of the biggest topics of discussion were traffic on major roadways, empty storefronts and the possible development of the Route 33 corridor. Questions still remain about solutions to these problems.

What is on your Howell wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

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Here's to a happy healthy 2013 for everyone!

Paul December 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I will keep a long list short. First the condition of the local roads. 2nd, the keeping of the property in township owned common areas, the overall cleanliness of the town. It is a real mess. I will not bother getting into the taxation issues.
Alan Bulvanoski December 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I would like to see them repair the local roads. Lemon Road between West Farms and Casino has been in disarray since they resurfaced it 3 or 4 years ago. In front of the planned new development they left out quite a large section of roadway that they didn't resurface I assume because of the construction. Well needless to say they tore down all the beautiful trees, cleared the land and that's how it sits to this day. Fix the road already, not sure how many front end repairs I can afford with 2 children driving now. Have contacted our elected officials numerous times and never even got a reply back, so much for emailing them. !995 when I moved here Howell was a beautiful place to live, shop and raise a family. I am not so sure anymore with the higher taxes and less services. Come on Howell return to the "Glory Days".
stacey December 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
lower taxes, fix the sewer bills once and for all.
Suzzanne Brokaw Cafiero December 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
How about a real park? One where families and friends can gather and have various activities to do. I've been a resident for 25+ years and have not seen a REAL park yet. While Oak Glen is ok it's lacking in a lot of ways. My son tried to gather some friends for a friendly soccer game a few years ago and was chased off the field. Where would you like them to go? On the streets to get into trouble or playing a game of soccer. If your fields are so precious (which they're not) Then have a park where everyone can enjoy!! While there have been some lame attempts to parks we need to look around at other communities like: Freehold, Manalapan, Brick and Wall to name a few. And as Alan said, return Howell to the "Glory Days."
veracious December 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Howell used to be a very affordable community for the working/middle class compared to surrounding communities. We are now the most expensive. The reputation of the schools, services and town do not justify the tax rate, so finding a way to align the tax rate with township goals and create balance for residents should be a priority. If the towns goal is to target new residents from the upper middle class, then our schools and amenities need to improve significantly. If the goal is to keep current working/middle class residents, costs (tax rate) need to decline. If the goal is to target residents that will cost the town more than they will ever contribute, create more school programs for at risk student populations and build more rental units. Very simple, but the town has to decide what it is trying to achieve and articulate that to the community so that everyone understands the goals and whether Howell is the community for them.
Marilyn Van Dyk December 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
The roads are atrocious in some areas, sewer/water bills going up...in other towns these services are supplied by the town via taxes...our taxes are already high, and then we have to pay for these other services...We are preparing to move out of Howell, because we just can't afford it any more...
Cheryl Frank December 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Clean up Route 9 corridor! What's with the monstrous billboards popping up all over the roadway? I feel like I am on the Atlantic City Expressway! Howell needs to attract professional businnesses with aethetically pleasing buildings. Let's be more aware of what we approve to be built. Wall Township did it on Route 34, why can't we???? What is our long term vision for Route 9?
grace abramov December 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
i would like to see all the abandon building and homes that are boarded be torn down. howell is looking shabby. the township has made a good start in getting the owners of the old clock factory to tear it down. now they have to start enforcing the codes that we have on our books for example: havens bridge rd & 524, white street & conover, fairfield rd. these properties need to be addressed.
Barbara Yuson December 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I would like to see the traffic reduced on the Route 9 corridor. (correct the timing of the lights?) I'm sure merchants are losing business because the shoppers just want to avoid the mess!
joyce gofa December 29, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Ken December 31, 2012 at 02:51 PM
During the day, Traffic is stacking up on Rt 9 (in both directions) at the traffic light at Salem Hill Road, and Aldrich Road. DOT needs to adjust the timing of these 2 lights.
Gail January 01, 2013 at 03:56 AM
A lot of properties look like something out of Sanford & Son. I know many people that own these properties may be sick/elderly/not have the money to fix or remove trash but these properties are horrendous looking and I don't see how they can be up to code or even safe. Kind of embarrassing when I hear someone refer to the town as "Howellbama". Would also like to see less trash on the roadways (West Farms Road/Fort Plains Road to name a few) but this is mostly because of wind/garbage nights/and just ignorant drivers throwing trash out their windows. Like that Route 9 seems to be shaping up but would love to see more progress going forward. What I love about Howell are the people. I have met nothing but nice people since we have been here. I like it here but I know we are capable of more.
grace abramov January 01, 2013 at 01:35 PM
the properties i mentioned have been the way they are for yrs..some for as long as i am here. if the township does not enforce their ordinances more and more properties will look this way and the township will look more look like you said. i want our township to the an example of how things should be, not how they are. the sad part is that there are more and more of these properties everyday. i wonder who is paing taxes on these properties or has the township taken them over. if so then they should tear them down!


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