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Disaster Recovery Ombudsman Among Ordinances up for Council Vote

Township Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in town hall

Toms River Township Council members will vote on the creation of a disaster recovery ombudsman position when they meet for their first meeting of February on Monday. 

The appointee would serve as the public's liaison to state, federal and local government agencies as rebuilding continues, according to the ordinance creating the position introduced by the Township Council last month. 

The ombudsman — someone with the necessary construction and recovery experience, the council said — would work four weekdays, mostly after normal business hours and on Saturdays to make it easier for residents to have their questions addressed. As a part-time position, the ombudsman would work no more than 19 and a half hours each week.

Business Administrator Paul Shives said that compensation for the position likely will end up in the $30-40,000 range. The township would fill the position sometime in March should the ordinance pass during the 6 p.m. meeting in town hall. 

Among the items on the council's meeting agenda are a vote on alerting the Colfax Street parking prohibition and a resolution authorizing the police department's purchase of 10 replacement vehicles at a cost of over $210,000. The complete agenda is available on the township's website

Rich Wieland February 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
",,,the issue of flood insurance premiums has suddenly become a major factor for people looking for homes." Thanks a lot, FEMA! This is a MUST-READ news story ==> http://www.app.com/article/20130210/NJNEWS2001/302110004/Watchdog-New-flood-rates-could-effectively-evict-homeowners?nclick_check=1
wookfish February 11, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Just what's needed...another do nothing government employee....
Chief Wahoo February 11, 2013 at 03:05 PM
what is one person going to be able to do to help everyone, other than cash a paycheck
Michael Capo February 11, 2013 at 06:17 PM
The Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (HR4348) is the bill that will raise all of our flood insurance policies and cause financial hardship for thousands of New Jersey citizens. Guess what two New Jersey Senators voted in favor of this bill? http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00172
Jerseyclone February 11, 2013 at 08:51 PM
We have a Twp full of appointed and elected incompetent jerks now and they want to appoint another one. They should look at what other towns are doing and follow. What about the dunes? Kelaher is another republican elected old fool that has no clue what he is doing except double dipping. It is time for the voters of ocean county to wake up and get rid of all the double dippers from both parties.

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