SNOW PLOW AND SALTING PROCEDURES
Mayor Amato would like residents to be aware of our salting and plowing procedure:
At the start of a snow storm, salt ..........More
Any questions on these policies and procedures, Call Steven J. Seiler, Principal Public Works Manager At: 732-349-4616 or 732-341-1022. Or you can Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordinance-parking Prohibited on Streets during Snow Removal
Special Emergency Note Sale
Special Emergency Note Sale
Shore Water Company Rate Increase
Mayor Amato would like residents of South Seaside Park to know that Shore Water Company is seeking permission from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to increase its rates 31% over its current base rates.
There are several ways to contact Rate Counsel if you cannot attend the meeting:
The Division of Rate Counsel
140 East Front Street 4th Floor
P.O. Box 003
Trenton, N.J. 08625
The Township Council adopted a resolution opposing the rate increase at their November 18th meeting.
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
Township of Berkeley Joins
Nixle Notification System
Mayor Amato is pleased to announce that the Township of Berkeley is now part of the Nixle notification system. To sign up to receive e-mails and text messages, you must register. To register both your e-mail address and cellular phone number click here: ...Nixle Sign Up
Or to sign up for text messages only, simply text your zip code to 888777.
"This new service is in addition to our Reverse 9-1-1 Notification System implemented earlier this year. By signing up for this service, you will receive real-time alerts and advisories directly from Berkeley Township." Mayor Amato said.
DIDN'T REGISTER WITH FEMA OR DENIED OTHER ASSISTANCE? HELP MAY BE A PHONE CALL AWAY
Mayor Amato would like all residents who are still struggling after Superstorm Sandy to know that there are still resources out there that can help. -- As the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, some New Jersey survivors who didn't apply for federal disaster assistance may now need help. While the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, assistance may still be available from voluntary organizations through NJ 2-1-1.
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.
Disaster Legal Response Program
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, is providing direct legal assistance to the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Volunteer attorneys provide limited legal assistance and advice to all storm survivors. Case descriptions for clients requiring additional legal assistance and who meet VLJ's financial eligibility guidelines are sent to volunteer attorneys via a weekly case list email. The most commonly encountered legal issues include insurance, FEMA, landlord tenant and contractor issues. Please call VLJ's toll free disaster hotline at (855) 301-2525.
Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group
Mayor Amato urges residents who are still financially struggling from Superstorm Sandy to reach out to Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group. Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group finds its mission in its name: we’re here to assist you for the long-term. Take a moment to ask yourself these questions and then we invite you to reach out to us today.
Are you finding it challenging and overwhelming trying to get back to normal since the disaster?
Are you having trouble determining your next steps when it comes to rebuilding your life after a disaster?
Do you feel alone, as if you have no one who understands what you are going through?
Are you having financial problems as a direct result of the disaster?
Are you overwhelmed by the resources and services offered?
Are you still waiting for your insurance or FEMA checks?
Do you need help navigating the system of disaster recovery (i.e. social services, FEMA, insurance etc.)?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, please consider contacting a Disaster Case Manager (DCM).
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
FLOOD INSURANCE AND MITIGATION HELPLINE
Mayor Amato would like residents to know if you have questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques, FEMA has set up a helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information.
The number is 1-877-287-9804 for people who need information about flood insurance, the latest
Voluntary Demolition Program
The Township is currently identifying properties that may require assistance in demolishing structurally damaged homes and/or removing debris from private property. Please Contact Robin Young in the Township's Construction office at 732-244-7400 ext 250 for more information.
Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage Payments
Mayor Amato is pleased to Announce the Christie Administration's Assistance for Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage PaymentsNew Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency to Host Free Outreach Events for Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced that the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) will receive $197,802 from the federal Making Home Affordable
"ReNew Jersey Stronger"
Housing Recovery Center
The application period for the Resettlement Grant and the Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM)has expired.
or call the hotline number 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).
The Ocean County Housing Recovery Center that will open is located at: 750 Vassar Avenue, Lakewood, NJ.
New Jersey' Clean Energy Program
Mayor Amato would like to remind residents of the New Jersey' Clean Energy Program's enhanced incentives for High Efficiency Appliances for Storm Victims. Berkeley Township is designated as a "major" damaged area impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Because of this designation, Berkeley residents may be eligible for enhanced incentives on high efficiency equipment/appliances.
...More BPU Incentives
Ocean County Unmet Needs Assessment
Mayor Amato would like all residents affected by Sandy to attend one of the very important upcoming Ocean County Unmet Needs Assessment Meetings. These assessment interviews will allow Sandy Survivors to sit down face to face with someone and have an in-depth conversation about what exactly their unmet needs are. These needs will be documented and compiled in a effort to assess the current unmet needs for Ocean County residents. This compiled data will be crucial in moving forward to gain resources to meet these unmet needs. So I would respectfully request that you share this information with everyone you know and encourage those who still have unmet needs to come out to one of the walk in centers.
....Click Here for the Dates & Places
Flood and Salvage-Titled Vehicles
Before Purchasing a used Automobile, Mayor Amato would like residents to be aware that the State Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has set up a database of flood and salvage-titled vehicles damaged by Super Storm Sandy.
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
UCEDC Offering 2% Working
Capital Loans For Small Businesses
UCEDC is a Non Profit Economic Development Corporation offering a 2% working Capital Loan for Superstorm Sandy recovery.
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
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Seminar
Watch the Recording
Mayor Amato has made available the recordings for the two informational seminars.
WATCH A RECORDING OF BOTH SEMINARS..Click here Watch
NJDEP BLUE ACRES PROGRAM
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications from residents located in flood prone areas that wish to sell their properties through its Blue Acres Program. People who are eligible for blue acres are those that have been damaged by or prone to incurring damage caused by storms or related storm flooding or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damages. Acquired properties are permanently deed restricted as open space in accordance with the NJDEP statutes and are made open to the public. If you wish to participate or apply for this program, the application can be found at:
Blue Acres Application
NJDEP Blue Acres Info Page
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.
Mayor Amato and Chief DiMichele Announce
Route 35 Entry Checkpoint Discontinued
Residents who see any suspicious activity, should immediately report it to the Berkeley Township Police Department: (732)341-6600 or use the anomious tip line: (732) 341-1132 ext: 611.
Planning Board TDR and Real Estate Market Analysis
All the REMA and TDR information is posted on our Planning Board Page
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