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Barrier Island Residents Vent Frustrations Over Brick Officials' Inattention

Council meeting in Normandy Beach draws large crowd

The Brick Township Council got a little more than it bargained for when it moved the council meeting to the Normandy Beach Improvement Association.

Residents packed the community center and voiced concerns over flooding, services and a general sense of being overlooked by township officials, urging the council and business administrator Scott Pezarras to pay attention to their concerns.

"Why is it that you've not heard our voices?" asked Bart Convery, a year-round resident of 7th Avenue. Convery was one of several residents who spoke to the council regarding street flooding on the barrier island.

In Normandy Beach -- as in other areas of town -- there are streets that flood frequently, not so much due to rain but due to the bay's water level rising after a storm. In some cases the flooding leaves streets impassable.

Residents of the barrier island said they'd been complaining about the flooding for years and wanted to know if there would be a solution now.

One resident noted a group of people, including township administrative employees, had met about problem and had proposed a solution, which was put on hold the next day for a reason that was never explained, he said.

Council President John Ducey said he had just been alerted to the situation that day, but said he would ensure the entire council -- councilmen Bob Moore and Dan Toth were absent -- was brought up to speed on what was happening.

"We will address it and we will get back to you about it," Ducey said. 

MAJ August 31, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Sorry - I am sure it needs to be fixed - but I liken this to the people who buy a house along a major highway (like the turnpike) and then complain about car noise and force US to pay for huge walls and such. Now, I live near the lagoon(s) in Brick - and - on occasion my basement floods. More so since a neighbor put a pool in. So? Should I expect the town to fix it? No - I put am putting a sump pump in. I knew where I bought. This is the price you pay for the luxury of being close to the water. Maybe too close!
MAJ August 31, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Don't get me going about schools. No child left behind eh? Why is it the Abbot districts can get VERY OVER INDULGENT SCHOOLS while the Brick schools are falling apart? So Unfair! As for Property Taxes.. Yea.. No kids in school = no school taxes? Give me a break. It's never been that way - never will be that way. Look - we need to find ways to make good money go further. Stop wasting resources. Pooling them IS THE WAY TO GO.
MAJ August 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Question: Why does each school district bid for and pay for their own health insurance? And then, when the teachers retire they go on the State Health Plan? Don't they - I'm asking. Wouldn't it be cheaper to consolidate, put them on the state plan now. This means more people - many more - and then bid the state plan out for a better rate based on larger enrollment. or at least let all the school districts get insurance together - Wait - makes too much sense. We've got to get cheap people. Fast! Only way to survive.
Kal September 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I pay my fair share of school taxes in my primary home which are much higher than Brick....why should I have to pay again for a home only used in the summer?
Can't shut me up September 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I propose asking the Army Core of Engineers to build 30 foot high sea wall arround this barrier island. Then they'll be complaining that the wall is ruining their view. @Kal.....too bad!!

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