WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER
Week Ending 03-04-14
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 February 27, 2014 to March 4, 2014
Berkeley Township Offers Free
Batteries for Smoke Detectors
03-05-14 Mayor Amato and the Berkeley Township Fire Official want to remind residents that this weekend daylight savings time begins and we will be setting our clocks ahead one hour and urge residents to change smoke detector batteries.
Berkeley - Mayor Carmen Amato, Fire Official Jack Wiegartner and the Township Fire Safety Bureau would like to remind residents that it's time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. "It's very important that residents change their smoke detector batteries every 6 months." Mayor Amato said. "As an added incentive this year, Berkeley Township will be offering, free of charge, a limited amount of 9-volt and Double A (AA) batteries to township residents. They will be available on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last." Mayor Amato said. Residents are limited to two 9 volt and/or six Double A (AA) batteries per household. Residents will be required to fill out a form. Batteries will be available to residents starting Monday 11-4 and can be picked up at the Fire Prevention Bureau offices located on the second floor of Town Hall between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday - while supplies last. "The Batteries were purchased with monies received by the township for fines assessed to violators." Mayor Amato concluded.
Council Meeting 3/10/14 @ 7 pm
The Township Council will hold their regular meeting, Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7pm in the meeting room located at Town Hall the public is invited and formal action will be taken.
Commission Meetings - March
03-11-14 Economic Development Commission
The Berkeley Township Economic Development Commission will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7pm in the Meeting Room located at 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville. In attendance at this meeting will be FinCredit Property Tax Reward Program (PTRP)
with representative, Carmine Defalco.
All Berkeley Township Residents are invited and encouraged to bring their concerns as related to Economic Development.
The public is invited.
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
JCP&L to Conduct Spring
02-19-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that Haverfield will be performing Spring Routine Aerial Inspections on the JCP&L transmission lines beginning on Monday, March 3rd. The Routine Aerial Inspections in the JCP&L region typically require about 12-15 days for completion, so the aerial patrols are expected to last into the last week of the month depending of course on weather conditions, as well as other scheduling needs. The helicopter will be flying slowly (20-30 mph) along the lines, and may hover at any time for a closer inspection. The helicopter scheduled for these patrols is a light blue with dark blue tail, MD 500 , w/ registration (tail) number N721RP.
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
Prescribed Burning-Davenport Road
South of Holiday Heights
Mayor Amato would like residents who live in or around Holiday Heights to know that the NJ Audubon is working with the NJ
Forest Fire Service to conduct a prescribed fire on our property on Davenport Road, south of Holiday
Heights in Berkeley Township. The timing of the fire will depend on weather conditions, but it will occur
on or before March 15, 2014.
A trained crew will conduct the prescribed burn. Smoke management rules
will be followed.
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Emergency Notifications Via Nixle
Federal Governement Approves Additional
Funding to Housing Recovery Programs
Mayor Amato is happy to announce that the Christie Administration Received Federal Approval To Dedicate Additional Funds To Existing Housing Recovery Programs
Approximately 1,000 Waitlisted RREM Applicants and More Than 1,200 Waitlisted Resettlement Applicants Will Receive Federal Funds.
The Christie Administration has received approval from the Obama Administration to amend the New Jersey Disaster Recovery Action Plan to dedicate an additional $145 million of existing federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds to two Sandy housing recovery programs. This will enable approximately 1,000 Sandy-impacted homeowners to move off of the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program waitlist and more than 1,200 storm-affected families to move off of the Homeowner Resettlement waitlist and receive grants to assist them in their recovery effort...
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.
Berkeley Township Offers Free
Mayor and Fire Official urge residents to change smoke detector batteries
Batteries for Smoke Detectors
Berkeley - Mayor Carmen Amato, Fire Official Jack Wiegartner and the Township Fire Safety Bureau would like to remind residents that it's time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. "Its very important that residents change their smoke detector batteries every 6 months." Mayor Amato said.
"As an added incentive this year, Berkeley Township will be offering, free of charge, a limited amount of of 9-volt and Double A (AA) batteries to township residents. They will be available on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last." Mayor Amato said.
Residents are limited to two 9 volt and/or six Double A (AA) batteries per household. Residents will be required to fill out a form.
Batteries will be available to residents starting Monday 11-4 and can be picked up at the Fire Prevention Bureau offices located on the second floor of Town Hall between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday - while supplies last.
"The Batteries were purchased with monies received by the township for fines assessed to violators." Mayor Amato concluded.
$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
Reconstruction of Route Highway 35 Mile Post 0-12.5
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is embarking on reconstruction of State Highway 35 from the entrance to the Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township
...NJ DOT Community Outreach Team Information
for all concerns regarding the project
Mayor Amato wants residents of South Seaside Park to know if they have questions or complaints regarding the State of New Jersey's Route 35 reconstruction project, The State has set up a 24 hour 7 days per week hotline. The 24/7Hotline is: 732 230 7356.
The state Has also set up an email address for complaints or concerns as well. The email address is:
A website for the project has also been established: www.restoreNJ35.com.
Or residents can call Township Engineer Alan Dittenhofer at: 732 286 9220.
NEW FEDERAL GUIDANCE ON SANDY
Mayor Amato would like all Sandy affected homeowners to be aware that on July 30, 2013, the federal government issued a notice in response to the various requests from the Christie Administration to allow for reimbursement of homeowners and landlords of costs they have already undertaken to rebuild, repair and mitigate their homes, or rental properties
Round 1 Qualified Contractor Pool
Mayor Amato announces the NJ Department of Community Affairs has released Round 1 Qualified Contractor Pool. This is now Available for the New Jersey Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program
Click here for the list of Qualified Contractors
NJ Department of Community Affairs Superstorm Sandy Page
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.
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
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
Mayor-Council Oppose Proposed Flood Maps
At the March 25th Meeting The Council adopted the new flood maps with reservations. Mayor Amato and the Council also are determined to get the new "V" zone designations changed and approved two resolutions outlining their opposition.
....RESOLUTION - PROCLAIMING ITS ADOPTION OF THE ADVISORY BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS UNDER EXTREME PROTEST
....RESOLUTION - SUPPORTING THE EFFORTS OF THE 9TH LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION IN IDENTIFYING GREATER MEANS OF PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO THOSE IMPACTED BY THE NEW FEMA REGULATIONS
....Ordinance Adopting the Flood Map
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
Residents Affected by Sandy
FREE Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Mayor Amato is pleased to announce the township, in conjunction with the NJ Division of Fire Safety have acquired (CO) Carbon Monoxide Detectors for distribution to those residents affected by Super Storm Sandy. They are free of charge and available on a first come first serve basis. One per household. Residents can pick up the detector at Town Hall in the Fire Prevention Bureau on the 2nd floor. Residents must show proof of residence.
"As residents repair and rebuild, we want to make sure they have these detectors for their safety. I want to thank Chief Ken Anderson, of the Bayville Fire Company for taking the lead on behalf of our township to acquire these lifesaving detectors." Mayor Amato said.
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