The Brick Township Council got a little more than it bargained for when it moved the council meeting to the Normandy Beach Improvement Association.
Residents packed the community center and voiced concerns over flooding, services and a general sense of being overlooked by township officials, urging the council and business administrator Scott Pezarras to pay attention to their concerns.
"Why is it that you've not heard our voices?" asked Bart Convery, a year-round resident of 7th Avenue. Convery was one of several residents who spoke to the council regarding street flooding on the barrier island.
In Normandy Beach -- as in other areas of town -- there are streets that flood frequently, not so much due to rain but due to the bay's water level rising after a storm. In some cases the flooding leaves streets impassable.
Residents of the barrier island said they'd been complaining about the flooding for years and wanted to know if there would be a solution now.
One resident noted a group of people, including township administrative employees, had met about problem and had proposed a solution, which was put on hold the next day for a reason that was never explained, he said.
Council President John Ducey said he had just been alerted to the situation that day, but said he would ensure the entire council -- councilmen Bob Moore and Dan Toth were absent -- was brought up to speed on what was happening.
"We will address it and we will get back to you about it," Ducey said.