WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER
Week Ending 04-09-14
Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
POLICE BLOTTER FOR THE WEEK April 3, 2014 to April 9, 2014
Economic Dev. Commission Meeting
Monday April 14, 2014 7pm
The Berkeley Township Economic Development Commission will hold a meeting Monday April 14, 2014 7pm at Town Hall. The public and local Business owners are invited and encouraged to attend. In attendance at the meeting will be representatives from the SBA & S.C.O.R.E
FROM THE DESK OF
DUNE SYSTEM ON ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK
MAYOR CARMEN F. AMATO, JR
04-09-14 The Council and I have been very vocal in our quest to have Island Beach State Park added to the Army Corps' current dune project, which affects the beachfront properties from the Manasquan Inlet to the Barnegat Inlet. After learning of the breaches at Island Beach State Park during Super Storm Sandy and followed up by a detailed report by our Berkeley Township Waterway’s Advisory Commission under the direction of Chairman William McGrath, we all recognize the destruction these breaches caused to our bay front communities, we have adopted two resolutions seeking the inclusion of the Park in the dune project, in an effort to protect our community. The failure of the Corps to include the Park seems to defy logic, considering it was the only breach our municipality experienced at the beachfront areas, was Island Beach State Park. We believe the breaches at IBSP caused the destruction of our bay front properties in Bayville. The Pelican Island, Glenn Cove and Good Luck Point sections had sustained the majority of the damage. Some sections in South Seaside Park, Berkeley Shores and Sandpiper Beach also sustained major damage as well. In all, our community lost nearly 50 million in ratables. Getting back to the Army Corps’ project, which is known as a shore protection and replenishment project. Along the target areas, there were a number of dunes in existence and this project seeks to fortify them. Island Beach State Park does not have the dune system identified along the project length. Recently, I received a call from DEP Commissioner Bob Martin to discuss our resolutions and our report. The Commissioner advised me that he has commissioned a study through Stockton State College to review the data and advise the Mayor, Council and Waterway’s Commission their findings within 60-90 days. This is encouraging news. We look forward to meeting with Commissioner Martin and review their findings in the months to come.
Also during the last few months we discussed the topic of the Biggert-Waters Act and its impact on homeowners flood insurance rates. As you know, as your mayor along with our council have actively voiced our negative opinions of the Biggert-Waters Act, as it unfairly increases the rates of flood insurance premiums for maritime homeowners by 20-25% each year. We have adopted various resolutions calling for changes to the Act. In December of last year, Senator Menendez introduced a new bill, entitled the “Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act”, which seeks to delay flood insurance premium increases over a 4 year period while FEMA completes an affordability study and congress can consider the recommendations of this study. I’m pleased to report that this legislation was passed by both the House of Representatives, the Senate and was signed into law by the President. This will now give our maritime homeowners some much needed relief of unknown flood insurance increases while they continue to struggle to rebuild after Sandy.
RESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT SHREDDING PROGRAM
The Residential Document Shredding program is coming to Berkeley Township on Saturday, April 19th, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at our Recycling Center located at 630 Pinewald Keswick Rd.
This program provides residents and taxpayers with the opportunity to recycle their old documents and files safely and securely. Commercial and business documents are not accepted. The service representatives are uniformed, bonded and insured. Papers are shredded by pierce and tear method. The shredding unit features an automatic feeding and dumping system, eliminating human contact with your documents and forms. Each vehicle is limited to 6 boxes or bags of documents each day. I encourage all residents to participate in this program.
NJDOT Route 35 News
04-02-14 Christie Administration highlights progress in reconstruction of Sandy-damaged Route 35 on Barnegat Peninsula
Complete Streets proposals for bicyclists and pedestrians detailed
.....Route 35 Bike Route Plans
FEMA Releases Preliminary
04-02-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that FEMA has released the Preliminary FIRM Maps. Shortly after the issuance of the preliminary FIRMs, FEMA and its partners will host Resilience Meetings where community officials will have a first opportunity to review the preliminary FIRM and additional flood risk tools. Additional meetings will follow, including the CCO meeting with community officials and separate public open house meetings where the general public and other interested parties may ask questions about the preliminary FIRMs, the flood hazard mapping process, mitigating flood risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Once the affected communities receive the preliminary FIRMs and a public notice has been provided, a statutory 90-day appeal period will begin. During this time FEMA will accept scientific and technical information from interested parties submitted through community officials that may help better define local conditions and flood hazards. Following the end of the appeal period, and the resolution of any appeals, FEMA will finalize the maps and initiate a 6-month compliance period before formal map adoption. After this 6-month period, the updated FIRMs will be considered effective and will become the basis for flood insurance requirements, insurance premiums, and local building regulations. It typically takes 18 to 24 months from release of the preliminary FIRM to the final effective date. The final FIRM will be available at your community’s local map repository and online through FEMA’s Map Service Center
Click Here for FIRM Mapping page
Report a Pothole
03-31-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to report any potholes by using the form below. Due to the harsh winter season we experienced this year we realize that it has created numerous potholes throughout the Townships 271 miles of Roads. The Public Works Deparment is asking your help to let us know where these trouble spots are.
Click here to report the pothole location
NJ DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
RTE 35 NOTIFICATION FOR SEASIDE PARK & SEASIDE HEIGHTS
03-14-14 Please be advised that a portion of Route 35/Northeast Central Avenue will be rerouted to the Boulevard beginning Monday, March 17th (weather permitting) for approximately 4 weeks.
During this time the NJDOT's contractor will install all necessary utility infrastructure and complete a full depth roadway replacement including curbs and sidewalks.
This construction work will be within the Route 35 northbound lanes/Northeast Central Avenue between J Street and Lincoln Avenue. Route 35 southbound lanes/Southwest Central Avenue will remain open as they are today. The following detours and access points will be in place during construction:
• Route 35 Northbound Motorists: Head east on J Street in Seaside Park, turn left onto the Boulevard, continue to the traffic signal at Hamilton Avenue and turn left and then turn right onto Central Avenue to continue northbound.
• Route 35 Southbound Motorists: Turn left onto Lincoln Avenue in Seaside Heights, turn right onto the Boulevard, continue to the stop sign and turn right onto J Street, then left onto Route 35/Southwest Central Avenue to continue southbound.
• Route 35 Businesses : Businesses along Southwest Central Avenue in Seaside Park will remain open in this area and O Street will be the designated thru street to access the business district. Signs will be posted on the Boulevard directing motorists to Route 35 Businesses at O Street.
• Residents: Residents on the west side (Bay side) of Route 35 through this area may use O Street or J Street.
Private driveways within the construction zone along Route 35/Northeast Central may experience temporary access denial only while utilities are installed in the roadway adjacent to the driveway. In this event, the homeowner will have advance notice of any temporary inconvenience.
Questions or Comments may be directed to: NJDOT Reconstruction Project Community Outreach Team
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Emergency Notifications Via Nixle
PROTECTING YOUR OWN HOME
02-21-14 MAYOR AMATO AND CHIEF DIMICHELE WOULD LIKE RESIDENTS HELP IN PROTECTING YOUR OWN HOME AGAINST BURGLARIES
Our police department puts much time and effort into prevention, and education, as well as the arrest and prosecution of the individuals who commit this type of crime; we realize we can never do enough.
We would like to remind residents that there are several ways that you can help yourselves possibly
prevent becoming a victim of a burglary; and several ways you can assist the police if you witness
something that may be a burglary or simply see a suspicious incident
Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP)
02/12/14 - - Mayor Amato would like residents affected by Super Storm Sandy to know about the Sandy Homeowner Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP)
O.C.E.A.N., Inc. is administering the program.
The Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) is a temporary relief program to assist individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis resulting from Superstorm Sandy. The expense must be a direct result of the disaster.
Case Management Services *Housing (Rent or Mortgage) and Security Deposits -- *Utility Payments -- *Replacement of essential items such as furniture, household items and appliances
If you have any questions regarding the SHRAP Program, applications are being accepted at the following O.C.E.A.N., Inc. SHRAP Offices:
Ocean County Southern Service Center - 179 South Main Street (Route 9), Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Phone: (609) 978-6283
Lions Head Office Park - 35 Beaverson Blvd. Bldg. 3 Suite E, Brick, NJ
Click below for the SHRAP Worksheet
Dune Easement FAQs
Mayor Amato would like residents to have as much information as possible regarding the Dune Easment projects
Click here for the Fact Sheet provided by the NJDEP
Township Dune Restoration Program
Mayor Amato is pleased to report that the township's dune restoration program is well underway. New snow fencing, sand and additional dune grass plantings have been installed in advance of winter months. "This work is being done to sure up our dune system to protect our residents this winter until the Army Corps project begins in the Spring". Mayor Amato concluded.
.Click Here for More Photos of the Project
Registered w/FEMA-STAY In Touch
Mayor Amato urges residents who registered with FEMA by the May 1st deadline to keep their FEMA ID numbers and stay in touch with FEMA. Disaster assistance may be available for LOSSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. Survivors should get in touch with FEMA as soon as they receive their insurance settlement.
Be sure to have the registration number FEMA assigned to your application at hand.
Survivors who registered for disaster assistance before the May 1 deadline may check the status of their applications online at www.disasterassistance.gov
or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, as soon as receive their insurance settlement.
If you received a letter from FEMA saying you were not eligible for assistance, one reason may be that you had not yet received an insurance settlement and it could not be factored into your application.
$57 Million Sandy Housing And
Rental Assistance Program
Mayor Amato would like residents to know that Governor Christie today announced a new $57 million Sandy Housing and Rental Assistance Program, the Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program. The program will provide housing stability for individuals and families still recovering financially from Superstorm Sandy by helping to offset living expenses. The funding will be distributed through county Boards of Social Services as well as other designated agencies in the form of direct payments to billing agencies or vouchers to select vendors for eligible Sandy-impacted residents.
Families and individuals interested in applying for The Working Families Living Expenses Voucher click on the following link:
More Infromation and how to apply
Mayor Amato Announces
Emergency Notification System
Mayor Amato has introduced an emergency notification system to alert residents and inform them in emergency situations.
Click here to Sign-up
NEW FEDERAL GUIDANCE ON SANDYGlen Cove
Good Luck Point
South Seaside Park
Fema Interactive Map of the Jersey Shore, Type your adddress in the upper right hand corner
Base Flood Elevation(BFE) Address Lookup Tool
Preliminary FEMA Maps RELEASED
Mayor Amato has learned the Preliminary FEMA Maps have been released. "The original ABFE maps released in December had nearly 40% of the homes in the maritime area in the Velosity "V- Zones". The Preliminary BFE maps released today, have removed that designation. Berkeley homes are no longer in the dreaded "V" Zone and some height elevations have also been reduced. Were very pleased these Preliminary Maps appear to have taken into consideration our argument." Mayor Amato said.
" We will be meeting with our professional staff to review thoroughly and add comments to the process as needed. My letter and Council's Resolution: ....RESOLUTION - PROCLAIMING ITS ADOPTION OF THE ADVISORY BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS UNDER EXTREME PROTEST to FEMA was pretty clear in pointing out the flaws in the ABFE's. This is good news for our residents and Township. The rebuilding process for many can now commence knowing now what the future holds." Mayor Amato said.
"The Mayor and Council will re-focus our efforts to the repeal or modification of the Biggert- Waters flood insurance rate act." Mayor Amato concluded.
JCP&L- Sandy-Related Repairs
For Demolitions and Elevations
FROM JCP&L: We understand the hardships still being experienced by customers whose homes and belongings were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. JCP&L remains committed to working with federal, state and local agencies in a coordinated effort to rebuild and restore your service.
Giving New Jerseyans Choice In Recovery
The Christie Administration has put forward a plan to spend $300 million in federal funds that will give homeowners the option to sell Sandy-damaged homes
From Hurricane Sandy
Mayor Amato would like all residents to be aware of the following: Trenton, NJ - Taking action to give New Jersey families, businesses and local governments the best available guidance to quickly and more durably rebuild from Hurricane Sandy,
Statement of Imminent Peril Mandating Flood Hazard Amendments
NJDEP Flood Hazard Emergency Rule
Planning Board TDR and Real Estate Market Analysis
All the REMA and TDR information is posted on our Planning Board Page
..Click here to take you to the page