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Council Looks to Approve $38 Million in Sandy-Related Capital Projects

Toms River's Township Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in town hall

With reconstruction efforts continuing in Toms River following Superstorm Sandy, a $38 million appropriation in storm-related capital improvements is up for a final vote by councilmembers Tuesday. 

A vote on the funding, which will go toward various capital improvements to public structures including devastated locals roads, utilities and bulkheads, is expected when the Township Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in town hall. 

A public hearing on the ordinance was held at the council's last meeting, but a vote by members was delayed so that the finance board — which was scheduled to review the plan after Toms River's governing body met — could take a look. 

The improvements are consistent with Toms River's master plan and should be reimbursed by FEMA, officials have said.

"I feel strongly that this should be approved by the board," said Planning Board Chairman Bill Suchodolski when that body reviewed the ordinance earlier in April. Suchodolski was on the barrier island the day after the storm and saw the destruction firsthand. "I say this as a resident and member of the Planning Board."

The council also will vote on awarding a $6.7 million contract for removal of Sandy debris on private property, and a $290,000 contract for the reconstruction of the Third Avenue parking lot in Ortley Beach. The complete draft agenda is available on the township's website. 

F-TR April 23, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Ah yes...................their master plan!!!! Sounds sinister, like a B movie plot. Will our hero Mayor Tommy and pals succeed? Stay tuned.
Mark April 24, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I hope the FEMA Inspector General looks at every single penny that this incompetent Toms River Government puts in for. Lets not forget its not FEMA money its tax payers money! Make these hacks justify everything!
Mike L April 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Haven't seen anything about how much of the 38 million is guaranteed to be paid by FEMA. Before we spend, let's get some sort of indication of what we will get back. Have we gotten anything back yet for what we have spent, did we get the TRS Bubble monies. Or is this going to be "we spend, tax the people for what we spend and when we get some monies back from FEMA (our taxes also) use it for another Capital project....like....new pool, baseball field, golf course or sneek it in to the budget for paying pensions for those who are getting more than one. There isn't going to be anyone left to tax in our town soon....one more storm and we are all gone! Oh! Don't forget the 5 million dollar loan they are applying for from FEMA, who is going to pay that......get the 2.2 million that mayor is sitting on from the concert, remember all the free monies that the township received, we need an accounting before anything else is thrown on the Tax Payers!!!!!!!

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