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.