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Councilman: Town Hall Departments Remain Focused on Sandy Recovery

A column as submitted to Patch by Toms River Councilman Brian Kubiel

The following column was submitted by Toms River Councilman Brian Kubiel:

Almost every department in town hall is still very busy working on Hurricane Sandy-related projects. Toms River is moving forward and getting projects done.

The Township Council recently awarded a contract to the Tekton Development Corp. for over $950,000 to rebuild our boardwalk in Ortley Beach. The contract requires the northern 600 feet by the 3rd Avenue Lot to be complete by June 1, 2013, because we expect to open a portion of the beach between 3rd and 5th Avenues to be open for swimming by Memorial Day.

There is also ongoing construction at the Ortley Beach Lord House Lifeguard building, which we anticipate will be completed by Aug. 15. Construction in other areas of Ortley and the Northern Beach sections of town will be based upon the reconstruction of Ocean Terrace/Avenue. 

We also created a Municipal Annex/Police sub-station at the Ortley Shopping Center. Residents can go in and speak to the Toms River Police Department with any questions or concerns they may have. We recently held a Mobile Cabinet at that location with state government officials on hand to help residents with questions they may have regarding the Hurricane Sandy recovery process and be able to talk to various State Department representatives face to face.

Those departments included representatives from FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program, the Department of Banking and Insurance, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Community Affairs (for Code and standards and housing questions) the Business Action Center and the Governor's Office of Constituent Relations. The outreach program was successful, so we are hoping that Governor Christie’s office will consider doing that again.

In regards to the FEMA maps, when they were first promulgated, our Township Engineer, Bob Chankalian, in consult with Mayor Thomas Kelaher and the council, made the determination that there were obvious errors in the maps, particularly as they related to the "V" zones.

These discrepancies were brought to the attention in a detailed letter by Chankalian. Thereafter, the mayor, our business administrator, engineer and various members of the governing body met with representatives from FEMA to discuss the discrepancies in the maps. FEMA representatives are adamant that until they are able to complete their wave-testing models, they will not make any changes to the map. They anticipate the adjustments will be available this August.

Residents should know that we are here to answer their questions. Also, any updates in progress and changes are always available on our website at www.TomsRiverTownship.com 

Chief Wahoo April 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM
The worst council in all of NJ. And that is saying something.
Green Island resident April 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Chief you are a despicable bed bug.
Michael Capo April 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM
This is the worst municipal government I have ever seen. They are leaderless. Ortley Beach needs to be free of them if it is going to make a comeback.
Mark April 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM
I can't wait for Maria Maruca's turn to say how hard Toms River Township is working for taxpayers on the barrier island!. Other than award various contracts to politically connected companies Toms River Township has done Zero for residents on the barrier island. I'm sorry, I forgot, they did send in a Toms River Building Inspector on a Saturday to burglarize an Ortley Beach home! The streets are full of potholes, filthy, and full of nails and screws so residents can get flat tire after flat tire, Street signs are missing all over Ortley. Police presence has been severely reduced which is resulting in numerous burglaries on the Toms River sections of the barrier island. This Township and its purported elected officials is a very very sad joke!
Stan Buchwald April 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Now tell me something I don't know. What a waste. Isn't this the same knucklehead that tried to slip a million dollar land buy past the TR residents in last years Fire commission election? Absolutely outstanding . The people in his ward must be so proud of themselves.
barry April 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM
ortley beach is in a very sad state of rebuilding it looks like this is going to take years and years tomsriver is not capable of handling this disaster depressed in ortley beach
Mike L April 23, 2013 at 01:10 PM
This is also the same group that after the budget was passed and couldn't get all they wanted because of the State Cap, put thru a bond for millions to pay for new vehicles, pensions and other items, so we have pay anyway, one way or another. Great Group! Why doesn't the Mayor use the funds put away for future use, like the 2 Million plus that he is sitting on from the concert! Out of Site out of Mind they think!!!!!!!! Check out the townships web site to see what the monies were spent for....some good, but some "what the ........!!!!!
Chief Wahoo April 23, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Sorry Mrs. Whitman
Ortley Fulltimer April 23, 2013 at 02:27 PM
This story is old news, same as the information on the TR website. Old news. Does anyone care about the boardwalk or Lord House?
letsgetreal April 23, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The mere fact that "they" want to have a portion of the beach open and rebuild portions of the boardwalk with little or no beach is just INSANE!!! Hello maybe sit on the 980,000 dollars and wait to see what happens in the upcoming hurricane season for 2013. Then lets wait for the beaches to be replenished. As it stands now the tide is hitting the dunes at high tide at times. How stupid can you be?
mjmjr April 23, 2013 at 03:56 PM
THIS WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.
Irina April 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM
What about the EASEMENTS.....Have they been signed? The deadline is coming real quick.
Donald Jodice April 23, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Is anyone else sick of this??? Blah blah blah. Yada yada yada. It's more then frustrating when we keep reading about boardwalks, lifeguard houses, etc. Lets get in gear and start addressing the real issues regarding RESIDENTS being able to rebuild and re-occupy Ortley Beach. We still have no solid answers. words like "If" and "Maybe" and "Most likely" are common words and phrases being used in meetings and news articles referring to the residents rebuilding. But yet without blinking an eye, they can rebuild boardwalks????????? I'm sick of it. Fill out this form, apply for this program, call this person, sign up on this website. Im sick of it. I have filled out more forms, called more people, applied for more programs in the past 6 months then I have in the past 50 years and we are in the same situation as we were in 6 months ago.. Enough is enough. Im sick of it!!!!!!!!!!! Ortley beach resident.
Cosma April 23, 2013 at 06:10 PM
stop spending money on that useless boardwalk and concentrate on keeping the scum out of seaside heights.... Maria Maruca is a useless!!
molly April 23, 2013 at 06:36 PM
What a joke and thats saying something when you think of NJ....OB is a mess !!!
F-TR April 23, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Kubiel sent his comment to Patch at 5:30 a.m. Sure was a nice dream he had about all the progress in Ortley Beach. Glad he remembered it and shared it with us all. There's enough hot air coming from 33 Washington St. that I'm surprised it doesn't float away. Go ahead....... open the beach by Memorial Day. Where do you expect people to go to the potty if the Lord House isn't done by Aug. 15? In the ocean, on the beach, in the parking lot? Maybe in their pants? Hope you Einstiens aren't thinking of a Jonny on the spot! That would be typical of the brain surgeons we have on the council.
Michael Capo April 23, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Look at picturs of certain parts of Ortley Beach the day after Sandy. Now look at those same pictures 176 days later..........no change!!!
Michelle V April 23, 2013 at 08:08 PM
REBUILD? Is there such a word in TR building/zoning offices?? Did A&P need a permit, Barnacle Bills? I think the only ones rebuilding are those smart enough to work without a permit! Getting a permit from these "we are here to help you, useless, know nothing people" is a joke. I am trying to "flood proof" my house by building on top of it and because the house had a variance to expand out years ago, I am not allowed to build on top of a variance without a variance! So they want me to shrink my 2nd story to the original size house, which was a tiny bungalow and lose even more space to add stairs...by the time we are done we wont be able to fit 2 bedrooms! They have kicked my permits back 4 times, each time for different reasons because they have no clue what the real rules and regulations are...they change their minds on a daily basis! If my mortgage company would stop holding my money hostage, I would start building without a permit -- screw the rules, there don't seem to be any that make sense and certainly none that allow residents to move forward.
proud April 24, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Don't worry@ Michelle-- "no red tape" is coming any day now.
proud April 24, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Well, it certainly is "a bad hat Harry". Ask Wild Bill Akers or John " Pottersville" McDonough.
Mark April 24, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Councilman Kubiel, Since you wear several other hats, specifically Toms River Fire District 1 Chief and Fire District 1 Administrator perhaps you could answer a question that has baffled many of us for years. Toms River barrier island homeowners combined pay over one million dollars through our property taxes for fire protection . Yet Fire District one ( the one where you're the district chief & district administrator) contracts with Seaside Heights Fire Dept. to provide fire protection to the Toms River sections of the barrier island.......for about 100K. So Brian where does the remaining 900K go?
Michael Capo April 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I have said repeatedly that the largest obstacle to Ortley Beach getting back to normal is ......Toms River.
V9 April 24, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Why wont Toms River join Brick in their challenge of FEMA's incorrect maps? Let them know we need good maps to be released in August. We can't sit back and wait to see what they look like and then spend the next two years attempting to get them corrected. Robert Chankalian engineering@tomsrivertownship.com (732) 341-1000, ext. 8335 Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher TKelaher@tomsrivertownship.com Council Maurice B. Hill MHill@tomsrivertownship.com Brian S. Kubiel BKubiel@tomsrivertownship.com John Sevastakis jsevastakis@tomsrivertownship.com Maria Maruca mmaruca@tomsrivertownship.com Jeffrey Carr jcarr@tomsrivertownship.com Al Manforti AManforti@tomsrivertownship.com
Irina April 24, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Because maybe Toms River knows when to be happy and keep quite. It's not Brick, it's Mayor Acroprolis who's whinning. Acropolis is not running for Mayor this year and secondly and most important he is not mentally well. @V9....All the members of the TR council know how to use a "junk mail" folder.
Irina April 24, 2013 at 07:19 PM
So freaken what.....Do you wish to wait for an hour for a firetruck? Be grateful for any fire truck coming.
Irina April 24, 2013 at 07:21 PM
@Michael Capo....WRONG. The biggest obstacle is the EASEMENTS not being signed. Did you sign your easement yet???
Mark April 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Hey Brian, Why don't you grab a town vehicle ( I hear one's avaiable in the Building Dept) pick up Maruca and take a tour of Ortley Beach and then with a straight face tell taxpayers how focused your politically connected but incompetent Dept. Heads are! By the way there is never anyone at your so called "Municipal Annex/Police sub-station at the Ortley Shopping Center"! Another smoke and mirror act by the clowns!

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