County Paving Veterans Boulevard
Starting, Wednesday October 1st
Mayor Amato would like residents to know that the Ocean County Road Department will be paving Veterans Boulevard between Serpentine Drive and Western Boulevard Starting Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 7 am.
Potassium Iodide (KI) Tablets
Mayor Carmen Amato would like Residents to know The Ocean County Health Department is offering residents Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets for those who live in the 10 mile area around Oyster Creek Generating Station, including Berkeley Township. Berkeley will be holding this KI clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Berkeley Recreation Building on 630 Rt. 9, Bayville from 3 to 7:30PM. You may bring expired pills.
You can go to www.ochd.org/KI
for additional sites.
Halloween-Trick or Treat
Mayor Amato would like residents to know that Trick or Treat will be on Halloween-October 31st. The Toms River Halloween Parade is Saturday October 25th with a rain date of Monday Of October 27th.
WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER 09-24-14
Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
POLICE BLOTTER - September 18th to September 24, 2014
GAP FUNDING INITIATIVE GRANT
09-19-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that the Gap Funding Initiative (GFI) has revised its program guidelines. All applications received on or after Monday, August 11, 2014 will be processed under the revised program guidelines outlined on the link to the website below. To be considered under the revised program guidelines, please apply to GFI using the revised GFI application available here……
Click here for the application and more information
SPOTLIGHT ON GOVERNMENT FROM THE
DESK OF MAYOR CARMEN F. AMATO, JR
09-09-14 Sandy Recovery Survey-Wave 2 Underway
Mayor Amato would like residents to participate in the Sandy Recovery Survey-Wave 2. The Monmouth University Polling Institute launched the initial Sandy Recovery Survey in the summer of 2013. Almost 1,700 residents in the most impacted areas of the state have participated to date. Results published so far have shed considerable light on the experiences of those most impacted by the storm. These reports were covered extensively by the media and can be found via the links below.
The Sandy Recovery Survey aims to keep the issues facing those most affected by the storm in the public eye, and to provide policy makers with useful information as they respond to the unmet needs of their constituents and to help plan for future disaster response. In addition to the published reports, Monmouth University was able to provide certain communities with localized survey reports containing data specific to their area. Unfortunately, they were not able to provide Berkeley Township with a local survey report because they did not yet have enough survey participants from our community.
Monmouth University has asked for the Township's assistance in spreading the word about the second installment of the Sandy Recovery Survey which is underway now. The survey link is www.monmouthpoll.org/sandy/
Residents may take the survey confidentially without sharing personal information such as their name or contact information.
Displaced New Jerseyans Negative on Sandy Recovery Efforts- (10/28/13)
Displaced New Jerseyans Rate Government, Insurers on Sandy Recovery (10/29/13)
Aid Applicants Yet to Feel “reNEWed” (2/17/14)
Mental Health Issues Persist (3/20/14)
Economic Development Commission
Sponsoring -Business Boot Camp
The Berkeley Township Economic Development Commisssion is sponsoring a "Business Boot Camp", Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center from 7;30 am to 12:30 pm. This conference is free however registration is required
see the link below.
Clck Here to Register
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE, AGAIN…
OCEAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BEGINS
ANNUAL FLU & PNEU SHOT CAMPAIGN IN BERKELEY
“The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) will begin its annual flu/pneu campaign on September 23,” said Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr. “Everyone should know that when you get your flu shot, you not only protect yourself from the flu but you also avoid spreading it to others.”
Mayor Amato added, “We would like everyone over the age of 6 months to get their flu shot and we also know how devastating the flu can be on older adults. The Ocean County Health Department is offering flu/pneu shots in many of our older adult communities to make it easier to access these important immunizations.”
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator, stated, “Influenza is contagious and caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Symptoms usually last only a few days in most people and may include: fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, chills, muscle aches and fatigue. There are other illnesses with the same symptoms and are often mistaken for flu.
He continued, “Infants, the elderly, pregnant women and people that have certain health conditions, such as lung, heart or kidney disease or those with a weakened immune system, can get much sicker if they have the flu. There are thousands of deaths each year due to seasonal flu and even more require hospitalization. Vaccination is extremely important for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.”
Regenye continued, “Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu. The 2014-2015 flu shot campaign will offer 3 choices for flu vaccination, which include: Regular dose for all people 6 month age and older – this is an injection into the muscle of the upper arm. This vaccine gives good protection from severe disease.
High-dose for people 65 years of age and older – this is a newer vaccine, available for the last four years, which is designed to provide a higher immunity level for those 65 years of age or older. This age group is at a higher risk of sever consequences if they get the flu.
Intradermal for people 18-64 years of age- this vaccine is injected just beneath the skin of the upper arm with a needle that is 90% smaller than the needle used for the “regular” vaccination. It provides the same protection as other flu vaccines for this age group. You may get a “mosquito bite-like” reaction in the skin from this vaccine.
It is important for people to know that although flu shots give good protection against the flu, you can still get the flu, although the flu vaccination should lessen the severity of the illness. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
Leslie Terjesen, OCHD Public Information Officer, said that the pneumococcal vaccine or the pneu shot, is important for all people 65 years of age and older to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia, a common cause of sever pneumonia in the age group. People who have the flu may also be more susceptible to infection with the bacteria that can cause this pneumonia.
Mayor Amato added there will be eight public flu/pneu clinics in Berkeley Township. Medicare Part B covers the cost of a flu and pneu shot. For those without Medicare Part B or have a Medicare Managed Care Plan, the cost will be $20.00. A physician’s note or prescription is required for a pneumonia shot for those under the age of 65.
Flu shots for both adults and children will be offered at the same time in addition to the different types of vaccines. “It is important to get your children vaccinated against flu; the rates of infection are highest among children. In addition, all children from six months to 59 months who attend any licensed child care or preschool facility must be vaccinated against flu between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
During this year’s flu/pneu clinics, additional Health Department services will be offered. LIVE HEALTHY OCEAN COUNTY will be offered at several of the flu/pneu sites. Berkeley Township Municipal Building on November 6th is one of those sites. As part of this program, you may be able to get a blood pressure reading, osteoporosis screening and a stroke risk assessment. In addition, other adult immunizations will be available, including the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Shingles.
Click Here for the Berkeley Township Flu Clinic Information
Click Here for a List of all Berkeley Township Flu Clinics
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Emergency Notifications Via Nixle
Report a Pothole
05-01-14 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
JCP&L Meter Configurations
08-25-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to be aware that JCP&L has updated their Electric Meter Configuration Guidelines.
To safely maintain its facilities, provide reliable service and help obtain accurate meter readings, JCP&L asks that customers provide easy and unobstructed access to its electric meters. To assist with this, JCP&L is offering the following information regarding newly approved meter connection guidelines to customers who are rebuilding or elevating homes located in coastal areas identified as FEMA flood zones:
Meter heights cannot exceed 60 inches above a horizontal surface. Acceptable surfaces include decks featuring permanent fixed stairs at least 36 inches wide.
Minimum clearances for the meter socket for overhead and underground construction are 42 inches across, 48 inches in front and 15 inches on each side of the meter socket.
Decks must be constructed to meet all applicable JCP&L standards, National Electrical Safety Code, National Electric Code (NEC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local building code requirements.
JCP&L must review and approve the point of attachment prior to construction, and encourages customers to contact JCP&L prior to submitting plans to builders or municipal authorities.
Safety is a top priority for JCP&L and in order to protect its customers and facilities, the company requests that property owners contact them before any construction that involves utility lines. JCP&L can advise customers early in the process on minimum clearances that are required.
Please see the attached documents for detailed drawings of meter installation requirements and meter decks.
Click Here for the Printable Version of the guidelines
Click here for the Meter Deck Detail for Overhead Services
Click here for the Meter Deck Detail for Underground Services
PLANNING ASSISTANCE GRANT
07-28-14 Mayor Amato announces Berkeley Township to receive $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants.
BERKELEY – Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., is pleased to announce that the Township’s Strategic Recovery Planning Report, that was approved and submitted to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for second round of post-Sandy planning assistance grants, has been approved. The Township will receive $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants.
“When Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New Jersey on October 29, 2012, storm surge, flooding, and wind damage caused extensive damage to Berkeley Township.” Mayor Amato said. “The damage included private and public property, local infrastructure, and community facilities. As part of our post-Sandy recovery efforts, through the due-dilligence of my administration, we sought and were awarded a grant of $26,000 from the DCA to prepare the Strategic Recovery Planning Report (SRPR) for the Township.” Mayor Amato said.
STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT
BTMUA PHASE V
Water Main Installation
07-03-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that the BTMUA PHASE V water main installation for several streets in the Pinewald area is scheduled to begin on JULY 7, 2014.
The residents in this area will receive the 2nd formal notice of the construction early next week. The construction should be completed sometime in the Fall. The Authority anticipates the 90 Notices to Connect will go out to the residents sometime in November.
Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
....Click Here for the list of streets
06-04-14 The Berkeley Township Council has established an ordinance to License all Businesses within the Township.
Click here for the Ordinance Establishing Mercantile Licenses
JCP&L RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING
05-20-14 To accommodate rebuilding efforts and provide guidance in those areas where customers may have to raise their homes up in compliance with the new FEMA standards, Jersey Central Power & Light ( JCP&L ) wants to make customers aware of potential clearance and access issues that should be discussed in advance of rebuilding.
Issues have arisen with encroachments on the clearances between electric power lines and buildings and in some cases, could result in serious safety concerns, risk of property damage, injury or death. The intent of this letter is to raise awareness of these issues and to proactively review your plans before you commence your construction project or rebuilding efforts.
To make application to JCP&L please call our 800 # ( 1-800-662-3115 ). When your application is received, a Layout Technician will be assigned to your project. The items listed in the document below will be
needed to properly assess your plans. Please provide them at your earliest convenience. JCP&L requires a minimum of
30 days to process and review the application.
....Click Here For the Full Details
OEM Special Needs data Sheet
The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management wants to better serve the residents of Berkeley Township. Please fill out this Emergency Data form so that we are better prepared to assist you in your time of need.
Click here for the Special Needs data Sheet
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 Preliminary FIRM Maps
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
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.
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
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