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Brick Barrier Island Debris Pickup to End

Collections will end March 2, township says

Brick officials have announced the collection of debris from Superstorm Sandy will end next Saturday, March 2 in the township's barrier island neighborhoods.

Barrier island residents are being urged to make sure their remaining debris is at curb for collection by Feb. 24, according to a statement from the township.

"This is an important step in our community’s recovery from Sandy," said Business Administrator Scott Pezarras, in the statement. "For those of us who saw the destruction on the barrier island in the days after the storm, we couldn’t imagine it being cleaned in four months."

"I commend the citizens of the barrier island for being so cooperative during the process and for working so hard to get their homes and their community going in the right direction."

The township has based its decisions on when to end debris collection based on need. Collections in the township's mainland neighborhoods ended Jan. 27.

Debris from all of the township's neighborhoods has been collected and dropped at the former Foodtown site on Route 70, from which is was trucked to the Ocean County Landfill in Manchester, officials have said. The cleanup effort has been facilitated by AshBritt Inc. and monitored by Arcadis Inc.

Kal February 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM
@Scott P. What about PPDR? Haven't heard any info on this since the list was formulated?
frances February 24, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Commendation should also go to the Township for having provided this much-needed; although, costly service to the homeowners. The overall impact from the devastating Storm will have long-term ramifications for years to come on the Township as a whole. Strong, competent leadership and the ability to find common ground will be paramount in the days ahead. It is reassuring to know that our Administration is up for the task.
Bob February 24, 2013 at 04:28 PM
haha....no bid contract FEMA may not reimburse township for as FEMA did to other towns in previous storms. We may not know the ramifications until after the November election. All administration had to do is pick up the phone and get even phone bids for which the law allows. Other towns that took phone bids paid 25% of what AscBritt cost us and those downs were equally cleaned up and now we read in the Star Ledger that FEMA may not reimburse us anything. How many phone bids did the administration take from competent other companies? Let me guess, Frances has nothing to do with the republican party..another haha.
frances February 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Bob, good morning. No sound reason for the attack. It was my understanding that the the Township was to be reimbursed 75 percent for the cost to the Township. Additionally, a request for 90 percent reimbursement was discussed at a Council meeting. And this effort is bi-partisan to help those who have lost so much.
Bob February 24, 2013 at 05:00 PM
FEMA is saying they may not reimburse the 75% (please read the Star Ledger article). Even if they did reimburse the 75% (which is questionable), the taxpayers of Brick will have to pick up an additional 75% on our 25%. In other words if Brick paid out $20,000,000 for clean-up and even if FEMA picked up 75% ($15,000,000), Brick will have to pay the other $5,000,000. If the Administration would have picked up the phone like other municipalities did, then the FEMA $15,000,000 would not even be in question and our portion would have only been $1,250,000 saving the taxpayers $3,750,000 and still having the clean-up done to the taxpayers satisfaction as was the case in towns that actually picked up the phone.
J.JONES February 24, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I have watched and listened to what the Mayor has done to help the families and the town from the storm..And believe that he has done a great job and still not finished trying to get more assistance ..I just say Thank You Mayor for a job well done..And its not done they are trying to get maps changed and sounds like they will..
darrell February 24, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I also believe that Mayor Acropolis has done a great job during this crisis. He stood up for the people of Brick. Great job!
David N. February 24, 2013 at 07:06 PM
To Frances and Topps, I'd like to echo your sentiments. The Township has risen to the occasion and stepped up to the plate on addressing all relevant issues surrounding the devastation created by Sandy. In my opinion, effectively facilitating in the Recovery Effort is commendable. Although it is always easier to be critical; I'm guilty of it myself, this is not the time to ignite fires. Let's join forces and work together as a community and do our part in the recovery effort. If in fact, other municipalities were able to contract for a fraction of the cost, were they available and equipped to handle a municipality of our size and unique needs? Sometimes you just have to get the job done. Encouragement and support will ground us as a Community and get us through this crisis of epic proportions.
Brick res February 24, 2013 at 07:18 PM
The Mayor's knowledge is second to none! Keep fighting for us. Your tenacity benefits us all!
Credence is February 24, 2013 at 07:31 PM
The Mayor and professionals followed the Governor's lead. Just like in many other towns the storm devastation led those with power and years of political ties, to force the Governor's effort in hiring a no bid contractor.
Dawn Marie White February 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Reading the entire Star Ledger Article gives me to comfort level that the state and municipality followed the rules and will be reimbursed. Learning Center for those of you negatives who wish to learn a thing or two... Here you go... http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit/debris-management-guide
Bob February 25, 2013 at 01:34 AM
good job republican bloggers with government (gilmore) jobs. It was so difficult to tell towns that they cannot do without AshBritt because the job could not be handled by NJ companies because so big that they needed to hire gilmore to explain and then follow-up with a christie fundraiser. no phone call bids + acropolys = $$gilmore$$ on the taxpayers
Scott Pezarras February 25, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Kal We are participating, we are in the process of taking bids for a contractor to perform the service.
KC February 25, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Our neighborhood still has a substantial amount of storm debris. (though definitely not as much) Does anyone know how that will be handled please?
Cherry Quay resident February 25, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Brick's mayor has done a great job during this storm crisis. Now he must get involved and help STOP FEMA NOW!!! www. stop fema now.com NO ONE can afford to allow FEMA to make unnecessary changes to the maps and flood insurance rules. PLEASE get involved. Everyone in Brick and all towns, regardless if they were affected, must get involved.

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