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Visit our website often and access our roster of programs and municipal services, which are geared to meet your needs and concerns. With innovative energetic leadership, and committed partners. Berkeley's future is brighter than ever with its attractive residential areas and charm of a resort town enjoyed by vacationers and lifelong residents. My goal, as your Mayor, along with our Township council members, is to ensure that Berkeley Township is well maintained, open and transparent for its citizens.   More...
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BLIZZARD WARNING- SNOW PLOWING PROCEDURES –
TEMPORARY PARKING PROHIBITIONS – POWER OUTAGE INFORMATION – OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

MAYOR AMATO WOULD LIKE TO UPDATE RESIDENTS ON LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF BERKELEY AND THE LATEST FORECAST FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THE BLIZZARD WARNING AND NOW COASTAL FLOOD WATCH WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH.

* HAZARD TYPES, HEAVY SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS CAUSING CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS, 18 TO 24 INCHES. EXPECTED TO BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY MORNING BEFORE TAPERING OFF DURING TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE BRUNT OF THE STORM LOOKS TO OCCUR MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON, WHERE SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 4 INCHES PER HOUR ARE ANTICIPATED. IMPACTS, EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS, RESULTING IN WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. SECONDARY AND TERTIARY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE. STRONG WINDS MAY DOWN POWER LINES AND TREE LIMBS. WINDS, NORTHEAST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH MONDAY, THEN BECOMING NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS 40 TO 50 MPH MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY WITH THE HIGHEST GUSTS CLOSER TO THE COAST.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. FALLING AND BLOWING

GENERAL INFORMATION: Please make sure you have the supplies and medications you will need over next few days. Check on your neighbors, including the elderly. If you have to venture out during the snow, remove all snow from your car, especially the hood of your vehicle, before driving.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS: The Central Regional and Berkeley Township School Districts will be CLOSED, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27th.

SANITATION AND RECYCLING: Due to blizzard, garbage and recycling pick up for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27th has been suspended. Garbage and recycling will be collected on Saturday, January 31st. We regret this inconvenience.

FROM THE DIVISION OF STREETS AND ROADS: SNOW PLOW AND SALTING PROCEDURES

Sanding, salting and snow plowing procedures have begun. Berkeley Township has nearly 180 miles of municipally owned roadways and close to 300 cul-de-sacs. Depending on the volume of snow, will determine how quickly ALL roads will be cleared. During blizzard type snow volume, as expected during the overnight, Township employees and our contractors can usually clear ALL roadways in 24-30 hours. Public Works can be reached at: 732-349-4616 or 732-341-1022. Or you can Email:btpwsec@twp.berkeley.nj.us

FROM THE DIVISION OF POLICE: Township Ordinance 7-8.3 Temporary Parking Prohibited for Snow Plowing and Removal IS NOW IN EFFECT. Please remove all vehicles from the roadways, as snow plowing will commence during the overnight. Police non-emergency phone: 732-341-6600.

Temporary Parking Prohibited for Snow Plowing and Removal. Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the streets and highways, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the streets or highways or portions thereof indicated. The parking prohibitions listed below shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased, until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic and any Police Officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal and storage, which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: OEM is now fully operational. A request list for dialysis patients for transport is being collected. Patients should call: Phone: (732) 914-8966 Or Email: berkeleytwp.oem@comcast.net

POWER OUTAGES: If a power outage occurs as a result of the severe weather, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on: www.firstenergycorp.com via smartphone

In the event of downed utility wires, you should immediately report them to JCP&L at the number above or the Berkeley Township Police Department at 732-341-6600. Residents should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.

For additional general information and updates on the snow event please check the website or turn on TV channel 22.

Cancellations

The Court office will close at 1PM today(Monday) and be closed tomorrow Tuesday January 27th due to the weather.

Council Meeting -Monday, 1/26/15 5 pm

The Meetings of the Township Council scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015, will begin at 5:00 p.m. for Caucus, Executive Session and Official Meetings to be held in the Berkeley Township Municipal Building Meeting Room, 627 Pinewald- Keswick Road, Bayville, N.J. Executive Session is for Attorney/Client Privilege Public Invited. Official action will be taken.

These Agendas are subject to change up until meeting time Caucus Agenda ........ OFFICIAL Agenda

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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

2015 GARBAGE SCHEDULES

01-21-15 ***The Holiday pick-up for Schdules 3 (GLEN COVE, SANDPIPER, HOLLY PARK, BELAIR, CEDAR BEACH, EASTSIDE RT 9, BERKELEY SHORES) & 6 (HOLIDAY CITY @ BERKELEY) have been amended. Garbage pick-up for both areas will be on Saturday January 24th

Mayor Amato would like residents to know they should be getting the 2015 garbage/Recycling-Bulk Schedules for 2015 in the mail. They are also available on our sanitation page. Click Here for the sanitation page with the 2015 schedules

WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER 01-19-15

Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
  • POLICE BLOTTER - to Janury 19, 2015.
  • Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Project

    Mayor Amato would like to share with residents contact information for the Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Project Legal Services of New Jersey:

    Fax: (732) 572-0066

    Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Hotline: (888) 222-5765

    Legal Services of NJ website

    Legal Services of NJ Facebook Page

    Legal Services of NJ Facebook Page-Spanish

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    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 Department is asking your help to let us know where these trouble spots are.

    Click here to report the pothole location

    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 .....MORE

  • Click Here for FIRM Mapping page
  • 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

    FEMA & Sandy Disaster Information
    IMPORTANT FEMA LINKS
  • www.floodsmart.gov
  • Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

  • FEMA Website
  • Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

    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. ..More.

    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. ....More

    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.

    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 Velocity "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.
  • Base Flood Elevation(BFE) Address Lookup Tool
  • Fema Interactive Map of the Jersey Shore, Type your address in the upper right hand corner
  • 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 ....More

  • FEMA Base Flood Elevation Mapping Information FEMA has posted the proposed new Flood Elevation maps with tools to see what your area is classified as. Click here for The Web page
  • Advisory Base Flood Elevations - NJ and NY Frequently asked Questions Click Here for the Info
  • Changes in the Flood Insurance Program Preliminary Considerations for Rebuilding Click Here for the Info
  • Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program Click Here for the Info
  • 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
  • 05-20-2014 JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING

    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.

  • ....Click Here For the Full Details
  • Electrical Inspections -Meter Resets

    As we enter 2014, JCP&L is anticipating a higher volume of customers looking to restore their services. JCP&L has additional resources in our Berkeley Operation Center dedicated to reconnect services. Over the past few weeks we have received a high volume of inspections throughout the Sandy Related areas. Earlier in the year I worked with our Director of Operations to provide those community's our time frame for restoring service.

    Attached is the link detailing our construction time frame:

  • Information on Sandy-Related Repairs, Demolitions and Home Elevations
  • Meter Reset

    If your home's electrical system was damaged and the required work has been completed, please contact your municipality to schedule an electrical inspection (an inspection is required before service can be restored). They will send confirmation of the inspection to JCP&L. • If there is no additional work required, your meter will be set in 3-5 days. • In cases where a new service line needs to be run to your home or other construction is required, please allow at least 10 - 15 working days. Here is the link where customer can check to see if we received their inspection:
  • Click Here to check on your inspection
  • "ReNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center

    Mayor Amato is pleased to announce that The Christie Administration today announced that a "reNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center will open in Lakewood. Eligible homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by the storm can visit the Housing Recovery Center to apply in-person for grants designed to encourage them to resettle in their homes and help them repair, elevate or rebuild their residences. For more information on the "reNew Jersey Stronger" initiative, including details about the application process, determination of eligibility, and award calculation, visit
  • www.renewjerseystronger.org
  • 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.

    Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage Payments..... Mayor Amato is pleased to Announce the Christie Administration's Assistance for Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage Payments. New 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 ....More

    New Jersey' Clean Energy Program - Energy Incentives 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

    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.
  • ...More Information
  • Homes For All, Inc. has grant funds available for re-building. Contact 732-286-7929. ....Click Here for More Information

    New Jersey Natural Gas Update regarding Demolishing or Raising Your Post-Sandy Home
  • NJNG website update
  • WIND DAMAGE LETTER: To facilitate the claims process, Mayor Amato has provided a letter for homeowners who are having problems with their Homeowners Insurance Company regarding wind damage. In addition the OEM Coordinator for Seaside Park has provided us with a letter stating an actual wind gust of 97 mph

    ....Wind Damage letter

    ....Seaside Park Memo measuring wind Gust of 97 mph

    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

    FACT SHEET - REBUILDING AFTER SANDY
  • Click Here for the FACT SHEET

    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

  • NJ Dept of Community Affairs rebuilding restoration guidelines for Sandy Victims NJ DCA Division of Codes Webpage
  • Evacuation Letter for Homeowners in South Seaside Park. Homeowners who own property in South Seaside Park who's Insurance Companies need more than the Governor's Executive Order to prove they are not allowed to live in their homes at this time. ....Click Here to print the Letter
  • Calendar of Events
    View the interactive Calendar of events.
    Emergency Management & Weather
    Click for Bayville, New Jersey Forecast Local Weather for Berkeley Township, NJ
    View the Emergency Management page.