New Jersey Natural Gas to Replace Aged Infrastructure in Ortley Beach during April

Beginning in early April, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will be replacing 5,125 feet of 2-inch, bare steel distribution gas main and associated services in Ortley Beach. See the link below for full information. If you are not a permanaent resident, please be sure that NJNG has correct contact information for you so that they can contact you for shut off and then to restart any gas appliances when service is restored.

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Hurricane Sandy Information:

Toms River has added a section to its website devoted to news about Ortley Beach. To access this area go to www.tomsrivertownship.com and click on Ortley Sandy Information. Toms River officials met with the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) about the dune and beach replenishment project.  The dunes will be built higher and wider and sand will be pumped to the beach from out in the ocean to make the beach about 150 feet wide. ACE will replenish the beach as needed, at least every 5 years, with the intention of maintaining at least 75 feet of beach. The NJ State attorney will be moving forward with condemnations for those properties that have not signed the easements (5 in Toms River, including 2 in Ortley Beach). The entire coastline from Manasquan inlet to IBSP will have this dune system. At present, it is a single federal project, so all of it will be done. No town can stop it. All easements must be in place for it to start. The project will hopefully go out to bid sometime in 2015 and work is expected to begin in early 2016. The project will take 12 to 15 months to complete and there is no requirement that the contractor move north to south or visa versa. They expect to work on about 1000 feet of beach at a time, then move the equipment to the new location. The stairs from the street up to the boardwalk in Ortley Beach will remain as they are now and walkovers with mats will lead from the boardwalk, over the dunes and down to the beach. There will be a crossover for emergency vehicles as well (probably at Harding Ave). FEMA is allowing Sandy flood insurance claims in New Jersey to be reopened because of potential fraud by the insurance companies. See our announcements and meeting minutes for details of how to appeal your claim. The decision whether to reopen your claim may take careful thought as it may depend on the type of damage you had and possible impact on other grants you received . We urge you to seek professional advice or see one of the OBVTA Directors at the next meeting. CLICK HERE for a recent communication from FEMA about their effort to resolve the situation. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Ocean County. These proposed flood hazard determinations, if finalized, will become the basis for floodplain management measures that Brick (and Toms River) must adopt to qualify to remain in the National Flood Insurance Program. These maps can be viewed at the Township Municipal Building in Toms River or online at http://www.region2coastal.com. If you have not checked to see if your property will be affected by the proposed changes to the FIRM maps, we recommend that you do. Private persons may appeal their flood zone designation provided that they have scientific or technical data for consideration. Appeals must be applied for on-line at http://www.region2coastal.com/appeal. Toms River held a public meeting for a post Superstorm Sandy Strategic Recovery Plan. Click Here to read the Strategic Recovery Planning Report.

Toms River Continues to Provide Aid

Toms River continues to aid those who need assistance with addressing “substantial damage” letters. They have assigned members of the Building department to help homeowners understand the best action to take. Contact Trevor Newman (email: tnewman1@tomsrivertownship.com; Phone # 732-341-1000 x 8357 ). We received confirmation that the 2012 tax assessment (determined in October of 2011) should have been used as the basis for the pre-storm structure value assessment. If this was not the case for you, please contact township engineer Bob Chankalian, or Trevor.

Stop FEMA Now

Stop FEMA Now:

A grassroots organization called “Stop FEMA Now” has formed and is providing useful information regarding the proposed FEMA maps, the rebuilding process, and whether to reopen your flood insurance claim. Please check out their webpage and join them on Facebook or Twitter.

StopFEMANow is a group of concerned citizens, who have not only been effected by Super Storm Sandy, but who have been impacted on varying levels by the implications of the new FEMA flood maps. The decision to adopt these maps is premature and requires additional consideration. We want to, quite simply, Stop FEMA Now!

If you’re interested in joining our movement please share these links, spread the word, and visit StopFEMANow:

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