SPOTLIGHT ON GOVERNMENT FROM THE
DESK OF MAYOR CARMEN F. AMATO, JR
07-30-14 Hazard Mitigation – Energy Allocation Initiative Grant Increased from $60,000 to $215,400.
I am pleased to announce that Berkeley Township has received notification that our original Hazard Mitigation – Energy Allocation Initiative Grant, has been increased from $60,000 to $215,400. This is great news for Berkeley taxpayers. You may recall that the Township Council and I announced we would be applying for grants for the purpose of installing emergency generators around Berkeley Township. The primary purposes of these generators are to provide power, in the event of power outages, at emergency shelters during storms and disasters. These sites will also be used in the event of wide spread power outages for heating and cooling centers for our residents. We are currently out to bid for the installation of our first location. I anticipate with the help of this $215,400 grant, we will be out to bid on additional locations shortly. The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management, Township Council and I as your Mayor, are committed in ensuring that our residents have a local place to go during these circumstances.
Night Out Against Crime and Sounds of Summer Concert series continues. --
Our fourth installment of our 2014 Sounds of Summer Concert Series will continue on August 6th at Berkeley’s Veterans Park. This is also our 3rd Annual Night out Against Crime, which begins at 5:00pm. The Berkeley Township Police Department will be on hand to meet and greet residents and to show the different equipment it utilizes. This year, we have added Township First Aid Squads, our three Township Fire Departments, our HAZMAT Unit, Ocean County Sheriff Department K-9 Unit and SWAT team. All of these public safety agencies will have their vehicles and equipment on display as well. Weather permitting; we will have an emergency helicopter on hand so residents can get an up-close look. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit will team up with Ocean County SWAT team to provide demonstrations. The Ocean County Security Department will host a bike rodeo and bike helmet giveaway. Our DARE Program will also be on hand with games and prizes for the children to enjoy. I would like to thank the Berkeley Township PBA Local 237 for generously donating two bounce houses and all of our police officers for their participation once again. Special thanks to Chief DiMichele for organizing this event on behalf of our community. The entertainment for the evening will feature Radio Nashville and will begin at 7:30pm. Please come on out for a great evening and bring a chair. Refreshments are always provided by our area non-profit groups and organizations that use these concerts as fundraisers for their group.
Third Annual School Supply Drive
07-23-14 Mayor Amato along with the Berkeley Township Recreation Department announce the third annual School Supply Drive. We will be collecting school supplies
for our neediest Berkeley Township School Children. In the wake of Sandy, we anticipate the need to be greater than last year. Supplies that are needed:
Pens & Pencils
Glue and Glue Sticks
The School Supply drive will end on September 3rd.
School supplies can be dropped off at the Berkeley Recreation Center, Route 9 in Bayville or the Mayor’s Office at Town Hall.
PLANNING ASSISTANCE GRANT
07-28-14 Mayor Amato announces Berkeley Township to receive $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants.
BERKELEY – Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., is pleased to announce that the Township’s Strategic Recovery Planning Report, that was approved and submitted to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for second round of post-Sandy planning assistance grants, has been approved. The Township will receive $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants.
“When Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New Jersey on October 29, 2012, storm surge, flooding, and wind damage caused extensive damage to Berkeley Township.” Mayor Amato said. “The damage included private and public property, local infrastructure, and community facilities. As part of our post-Sandy recovery efforts, through the due-dilligence of my administration, we sought and were awarded a grant of $26,000 from the DCA to prepare the Strategic Recovery Planning Report (SRPR) for the Township.” Mayor Amato said.
“Berkeley’s SRPR reviews the impacts of the storm and the Township’s recovery efforts to date and presents a strategy for the Township to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from similar disasters. Based on the recommendations included in the SRPR, Berkeley had requested and today received notification that we have been awarded an additional $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants from the DCA to promote recovery and reduce vulnerabilities from future storms.” Mayor Amato said.
The Projects to be funded from the grants will include the following:
1. Reexamining the Township’s Master Plan Elements with a focus on community resiliency. “The Township has applied for and received a $50,000 grant for the purpose of the project is to prepare a Master Plan Reexamination Report and an update of the Township Master. As part of the update, the Township will review and update the goals and objectives of Berkeley’s Master Plan and its key elements to address post-Sandy strategies and policies related to hazard mitigation and community resiliency, including any relevant zoning ordinance amendments that may be necessary.” Mayor Amato said.
2. Adopting a Floodplain Management Plan. “The Township has applied for and received a $50,000 grant for the purpose of to preparing an update to the Township’s Floodplain Management Plan (FMP) that will be incorporated as an element of the Township of Berkeley’s Master Plan. The FMP will identify and assess flood hazards within the Township based on the Township’s experience with Sandy, establish the goals and objectives for flood plain management in Berkeley, and present a series of actions designed to minimize flooding and mitigate the impacts from flooding in the future.” Mayor Amato said.
3. Automating and updating the zoning and construction permit process. “The Township has applied for and received a $25,000 grant for the purpose of updating the zoning and construction permit process. The Township needs to automate and update our system for processing zoning and construction permits. An upgraded permit program in which inspectors receive and manage permits on electronic tablets using state of the art technology would significantly increase the Township’s efficiency in this task and help in recovering from future storm events. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the permit and application review process within the Township and determine where efficiencies can be implemented.” Mayor Amato said.
4. Continue to Update the Township Hazards Mitigation Plan. “The Township has applied for and received a $24,000 grant for the purpose of our ongoing efforts in updating our Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for Berkeley that may be incorporated as an element of the Hazard Mitigation Plan for Ocean County. The HMP will identify and assess the various flooding hazards within the Township as well as the associated vulnerabilities to those hazards. The HMP will also identify alternative mitigation actions that can be implemented to reduce the Township’s risks.” Mayor Amato said.
5. Updating the Township’s Emergency Operating Plan. “The Township has applied for and received a $26,000 grant for the purpose of preparing an update to the Township’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The update will focus on any special planning needs generated by a hurricane or severe flooding scenario and the necessary response. A flood hazard-specific annex will identify flood hazard risk areas and evacuation routes, specify provisions and protocols for warning the public and disseminating emergency public information, and specify the types of protective equipment and detection devices for responders.” Mayor Amato said.
6. Preparing a Capital Improvement Plan to support recovery and resiliency. “The Township has applied for and received a $30,000 grant for the purpose of preparing a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that will focus municipal capital investments on public facilities, fleets and equipment to build community resiliency. The CIP will identify plants and equipment needed, including the scheduling and funding of items such generators, elevation of generators above flood hazard elevations, flood control systems, and emergency equipment acquisition.” Mayor Amato said.
7. Developing a geographic information system (GIS) database to map critical infrastructure and environmental features. “The Township has applied for and received a $50,000 grant for the purpose of developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping system for Berkeley that will increase its resiliency and enable the Township to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Features that will be mapped in the GIS include:
Roads and transit routes
Critical Infrastructure (schools, hospitals, fire stations, etc)
Flood Hazard Areas (floodplains, depths, velocities)
Municipal infrastructure (sanitary/storm sewers, pump stations, flood protection)
Zoning, land use
Streams and watershed boundaries
8. Preparing a debris management plan. "The Township has applied for and received a $22,000 grant for the purpose of creating a Debris Management Plan for Berkeley Township that would identify an emergency staging facility and Temporary Debris Storage and Reduction sites to handle storm related debris. The Debris Management Plan will identify and prioritize debris storage sites, establish collection strategies, and develop debris reduction methods.” Mayor Amato said.
“We are very excited to have received notification that we have been approved for the second round of funding. As outlined, the funding will allow us to prepare detailed reports on these eight areas that will enable us, as a Township, to be more resilient. As we progress through this process, we are even more optimistic that the next round of funding will be available to assist the Township in implementing these projects.” Mayor Amato concluded.
STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT
WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER 07-23-14
Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
POLICE BLOTTER FOR THE WEEK July 16th to July 23, 2014
POLICE BLOTTER FOR THE WEEK July 10th to July 15, 2014
BTMUA PHASE V
Water Main Installation
07-03-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that the BTMUA PHASE V water main installation for several streets in the Pinewald area is scheduled to begin on JULY 7, 2014.
The residents in this area will receive the 2nd formal notice of the construction early next week. The construction should be completed sometime in the Fall. The Authority anticipates the 90 Notices to Connect will go out to the residents sometime in November.
Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
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Emergency Notifications Via Nixle
06-04-14 The Berkeley Township Council has established an ordinance to License all Businesses within the Township.
Click here for the Ordinance Establishing Mercantile Licenses
JCP&L RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING
05-20-14 To accommodate rebuilding efforts and provide guidance in those areas where customers may have to raise their homes up in compliance with the new FEMA standards, Jersey Central Power & Light ( JCP&L ) wants to make customers aware of potential clearance and access issues that should be discussed in advance of rebuilding.
Issues have arisen with encroachments on the clearances between electric power lines and buildings and in some cases, could result in serious safety concerns, risk of property damage, injury or death. The intent of this letter is to raise awareness of these issues and to proactively review your plans before you commence your construction project or rebuilding efforts.
To make application to JCP&L please call our 800 # ( 1-800-662-3115 ). When your application is received, a Layout Technician will be assigned to your project. The items listed in the document below will be
needed to properly assess your plans. Please provide them at your earliest convenience. JCP&L requires a minimum of
30 days to process and review the application.
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OEM Special Needs data Sheet
The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management wants to better serve the residents of Berkeley Township. Please fill out this Emergency Data form so that we are better prepared to assist you in your time of need.
Click here for the Special Needs data Sheet
Report a Pothole
05-01-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to report any potholes by using the form below. Due to the harsh winter season we experienced this year we realize that it has created numerous potholes throughout the Townships 271 miles of Roads. The Public Works Deparment is asking your help to let us know where these trouble spots are.
Click here to report the pothole location
NJDOT Route 35 News
04-02-14 Christie Administration highlights progress in reconstruction of Sandy-damaged Route 35 on Barnegat Peninsula
Complete Streets proposals for bicyclists and pedestrians detailed
.....Route 35 Bike Route Plans
FEMA Releases Preliminary
04-02-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that FEMA has released the Preliminary FIRM Maps. Shortly after the issuance of the preliminary FIRMs, FEMA and its partners will host Resilience Meetings where community officials will have a first opportunity to review the preliminary FIRM and additional flood risk tools. Additional meetings will follow, including the CCO meeting with community officials and separate public open house meetings where the general public and other interested parties may ask questions about the preliminary FIRMs, the flood hazard mapping process, mitigating flood risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Once the affected communities receive the preliminary FIRMs and a public notice has been provided, a statutory 90-day appeal period will begin. During this time FEMA will accept scientific and technical information from interested parties submitted through community officials that may help better define local conditions and flood hazards. Following the end of the appeal period, and the resolution of any appeals, FEMA will finalize the maps and initiate a 6-month compliance period before formal map adoption. After this 6-month period, the updated FIRMs will be considered effective and will become the basis for flood insurance requirements, insurance premiums, and local building regulations. It typically takes 18 to 24 months from release of the preliminary FIRM to the final effective date. The final FIRM will be available at your community’s local map repository and online through FEMA’s Map Service Center
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Registered w/FEMA-STAY In Touch
Mayor Amato urges residents who registered with FEMA by the May 1st deadline to keep their FEMA ID numbers and stay in touch with FEMA. Disaster assistance may be available for LOSSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. Survivors should get in touch with FEMA as soon as they receive their insurance settlement.
Be sure to have the registration number FEMA assigned to your application at hand.
Survivors who registered for disaster assistance before the May 1 deadline may check the status of their applications online at www.disasterassistance.gov
or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, as soon as receive their insurance settlement.
If you received a letter from FEMA saying you were not eligible for assistance, one reason may be that you had not yet received an insurance settlement and it could not be factored into your application.
Mayor Amato Announces
Emergency Notification System
Mayor Amato has introduced an emergency notification system to alert residents and inform them in emergency situations.
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Planning Board TDR and Real Estate Market Analysis
All the REMA and TDR information is posted on our Planning Board Page
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