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Mantoloking Awards Town-Wide Demolition Contract

Demolitions to begin April 22, officials say

The Mantoloking Borough council on Monday awarded a $1.6 million contract to a Tinton Falls-based company to perform a large-scale demolition project in town.

Council President Steve Gillingham said the contract was awarded to Mazza & Sons Demolition, the lowest bidder out of more than 30 submitted.

The contract left room for the borough to retroactively award the bid to the second-highest bidder if the company is unable to carry out the job, which will include the demolition of about 40 homes borough-wide. Mantoloking will be the first municipality in the state to carry out the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Private Property Debris Removal, or PPDR, program.

"It's a substantial amount of money, but we've documented everything we need to do," said Chris Nelson, the borough's special counsel for storm recovery.

Nelson said the borough will be reimbursed 75 percent of the cost of the demolition project by FEMA, and residents' home insurance policies will recover the remaining portion. The borough will bear the cost of demolishing any homes that were not insured.

Some of the 40 homeowners who signed up for the program could be rejected before the project begins, however, Nelson said. In order to be eligible, each property must undergo an on-site review with a FEMA employee, and the structure itself must be at risk of collapsing – wholly or partially – or must post a safety hazard.

"FEMA and the Borough of Mantoloking are not going to come and knock down your house because you want to start fresh," said Nelson. "It has to be unsafe."

Nelson said the project will likely take about 45 days to be completed, meaning all of the homes requiring demolition could be down in early June.

Not every resident whose home needs to be demolished is participating in the PPDR program, however.

For those residents who are participating, Nelson said the borough will post a demolition schedule either address-by-address or on a "sector" basis.

Neighboring Brick and Toms River townships have also elected to participate in the PPDR program.

Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis last week said his town is still gathering a list of property owners who wish to participate.

In Mantoloking, where a major breach split Ocean County's northern barrier island in two, officials have set aside a total of $7.1 million for cleanup efforts. Gillingham said storm sewers and inlets will be cleaned this week, and represent the last major pieces of infrastructure that are still filled with sand.

proud April 09, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Is Mantoloking on board with the USACE dune/ replenishment project? If any place eber needed it.....
Michael April 09, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Is Seaside or Bayhead?
bernie April 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM
The contract was WAY under bid! Guarantee they look for a way to get out of it
proud April 09, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Seaside Park certainly is. The Heights? The Mayor that wants the coaster in the water is talking like the guy in Jaws. I don't know what Bayhead is doing, but some homeowners have contributed to a sea wall.
Michael April 09, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Proud, are you sure about Seaside Heights or do you just "think that"? The original USACE plan was to go from north of Point Pleasant all the was south past Seaside. All towns had to do it. Bayhead and a few other towns were unwilling to even consider it so it really was a non-starter. Mantoloking at least considered it and the mayor even pushed for it but even if all 128 easments were signed, the USACE wouldn't have done Mantoloking by itself. Can't say the same for Mayor Curtis in Bayhead or some other towns south of Manto who just said NO. http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130408/NEWS04/130409631/on-jersey-shore-a-line-in-the-dunes
Daniel Nee (Editor) April 09, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Yes, Mantoloking is "on board." The town has encouraged residents to sign the easements and officials have been vocal about pursuing legal action if some do not. At last count, there were about 4-5 easements not signed in Mantoloking.
jack cee April 09, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I hope they take away the sight seeing tour before memorial day.The traffic last weekend was unberable.
Fight Club April 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
They will Just follow the Belmar model , underbid and then claim a million dollar mistake. I know nothing about demolition. I know that there is more than 1.6 million of work when I go thru Mantoloking.
proud April 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
This article ran this past weekend in Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com/newssearch/search.html?st=Seaside+Heights You may draw your own conclusions @ Mike
grmahigold April 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
under bid... win the contract... run far over budget... gov't pays higher price. Isn't that how it works?????
politicaltrash April 10, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Of course they got the bid, they own the Monmouth county processing center.. Pay to Play i smell here..
KC April 10, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I was just going to say that in six months we will read of who knew someone to adjust the bid to be a winner. We can't help being cynical, We live in the state of insanity - New Joisey!
TerrySullivan April 10, 2013 at 09:10 AM
Does the fed recoup the cost from the insurance company? Will tax payers get the bill for the richest home owners in the state (who also have the lowest tax rate in the state) demo jobs? Whats wrong here?
Michael April 10, 2013 at 02:35 PM
"Terry Sullivan" I believe that Daniel Nee has mentioned in other articles that all towns "rich or poor" are eligible for the program to have homes demo'd by the government. I actually owned a home that was destroyed and chose to get a permit from Mantoloking to demo my "structure" myself, with my own "Rich" money. I also doubt I had or have the lowest taxes in the state. One thing for certain is I get/got very little benifit from my taxes. Do you even pay property tax? Do you even know where "Your" taxes go?

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