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Council to Vote on Scaling Back Sandy Emergency Spending

A shared services agreement for debris removal with Ocean County will enable Brick to cut previously approved emergency spending for Hurricane Sandy by $10.5 million.

Township Council will vote whether to cut its emergency spending associated with Hurricane Sandy by $10.5 million at Tuesday night's meeting in Town Hall.

The reduction to $7.5 million from the previously approved $18 million is due to a shared services agreement with Ocean County, which has a contract with Ashbritt Inc. to handle debris clean-up efforts, according to the Township Council's resolutions that will be up for a vote at the 7 p.m. meeting.

The township is planning to issue debt up to $7.5 million to cover the emergency spending, the resolution said. Debris removal costs for municipalities and states are typically reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after disasters. 

WMS826 December 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Homeowners have to pitching and handle this a bit more. The town should worry about the roads and infrastructure, homeowners insurance should kick in to handle some of this.
Susan Meier December 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Scale back? Van Zile & all roads off of it have yet to have a single leaf picked up. We did our part & placed trees & debris curbside but feel a tad abandoned. After calling the township I was told within 3 months. Actually last year they didnt ipick up either but this year its much more noticeable. That is not acceptable. I don't worry the plows will be dragging it with snow because they rarely come to this area either. So much for paying my taxes.
KC December 04, 2012 at 06:37 AM
I hope the clean-up continues. The devestation is still around us although tremendous work has been done - there is yet much to do. We also need streetsweepers in the wake of the debris pickup in Cedarcroft North near the lagoon on Lenape Trail as the streets are filled with broken glass and splintered wood - the aftermath of the claw and bucket trucks that carted away so much of people's lives. Also leaf pickup We have bags of leaves sitting here since September. They are decomposing and adding a further mess. Kudos to all working this detail. We will get back to normal.
clamdigger December 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I agree with your comment. Why is it that the Twp is burdened with the debris removal for the entire town or where ever residents needs to get rid of damaged stuff. I hate to sound like I'm pouring in the salt on the wounds but I don't believe that our bulk pick up should have been burdened by all this. There are plenty of waste pick up services out there that were ready,will and able to drop off containers so crap didn't need to be laying in streets to become road hazards. I know a few people that have had flat tires already from driving through areas where stuff was out in the streets and a screw or nail happened to find its way into the tread of a tire. Even Home Depot carried the Big Green dumpster bags that hold tons of stuff that can be called in for pick up and the company comes and takes care of it. We spent Millions of $$ on clean up that for the most part would have usually fallen on the hands of the homeowners and that's where it should have stayed. Even the cut up trees debris should either be carried to the dump by the homeowner or a tree service should have been called in to take care of the removal. Whether or not a H/O policy covers debris removal is not the issue,the issue is that the Twp did all this extra removal and now the cost for that service is going to jump out and and bite up when some responsibility should have been put on the property owners.
clamdigger December 04, 2012 at 11:51 AM
did you ever hear of a broom? or even a leaf blower? Get 2 or 3 more people on your street with some good push brooms and a few shovels or dustpans and brooms and clean up the crap yourself. Work together. Put the leaves in your trunk and take them to the dump yourself. Geeze, with all the extra crap the DPW has been doing re; the clean up, you're worried about some bags of leaves.
Tom Cular December 04, 2012 at 01:23 PM
To Susan and KC, The responsibility for street cleen up doesn't lie with the DPW employees it belongs to the folks who draw their salaries from Town Hall, they're the ones calling the shots. Remember them at election time.
Don Smith December 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow, the tide has turned. First let me say that if anyone finds some chared remains from my family home of 74 years please let me know and I will drive down and get it off you manicured lawn ASAP. I am sorry for the litter problem. We have just been hit harder then ever befor here at the shore and we got people complaining about a flat tire. Some of those nails may have washed into the street during high tide. Stop and pick them up? Most of us are just getting around to the recovery phase of this project. We all need to stay calm. Trash pick up will happen in due time. It is much better to have stuff picked up at the curb unless magnatude reqires a dumpster then to have people disposing at night you know where. Didn't we all just celibrate thanks giving. Think of the family at the table. We lost so little in lives during the Sandy days. Let's give thanks for that. Next time you see something you think needs to be cleaned up, pitch in and volunteer. I have spent now 4 weekends driving a chain saw without pay to help people clear up what needs to be cleared. People without moneys to go hire a tree service for a few thousand. Maybe this Sunday some of the people carping here should put down their beer and do something for a neighbor in need. If none of them have needs see if you can find some of my house. It was the one with the new roof that I will pay for over the next few years. Don
Chief Wahoo December 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
keep raising those property taxes and people are going to actually expect some service when they really need it.......thats the catch 22 of higher and higher property taxes There is now Nowhere else to hide, the public takers have been exposed !
J.JONES December 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Damn this storm damages are not going to go away just in a few months..So what you have leaves or branches in front of your house..ATLEAST you still have a house standing to have crap in front of..This will be years to get things back to normal...Relax and deep breath and thank god your better than others...
Jeff Bamond December 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Unfortunately, they are still picking up the remains of peoples homes throughout the town. It is good to know that you are very concerned about the leaves at your curb, while the town picks up and dumps the belongings of many homes. I'm sure they will get to your leaves but in times of disaster it is called prioritizing.
Lori Morrison December 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I guess neither one of you were severely affected by the storm.
Don Smith December 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
And with the amount of devaluing at the beach there is lots of slack to be piced up. Even the land values go down if there are no funtioning utilities. I mean my neighborhood lost 120 home and there are no services to the land. Think about 120 sewer bills at $90 each that are not going to be able to pay for brick processing next quarter. Think about all the money spent by the people in those houses at the stores. These are the reasons the beach needs to be recovered so the local economy can be better next summer.
Lauren December 04, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I agree. Be thankful for what you have and help out. We all have to work together to get this cleaned up. I too lost a home to a fire and when we got to see our homes ( or lack there of) we all helped each other dig through the rubble and were there for each other. Jeeeezzzz.....
clamdigger December 05, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Hello Lori, not I was not impacted by any damage to my home by over the years I've taken many steps to ensure my home was as storm proof as possible. I've dropped trees and made sure everything was as strong as possible. Except for not having a full house generator (yet) we managed to get by for 9 days on a good portable. I was not trying to be cold hearted toward people who were affected by the storm in the worst way imaginable and I do have a tremendous amount of empathy for them,but at the same time I feel as though some of the clean up responsibility and expense does fall on their shoulders, the same as if they had renovations or construction on their homes. The Millions of $$ this has cost the Twp, could have been put into the private sector and those who do this professionally and allowed our DPW be used for other important duties during the aftermath.

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