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Brick Council to Consider Sandy Appropriation, Flood Zone Adoption Tonight

Up for a vote will be adoption of FEMA advisory maps

The Brick Township council will consider a number of measures related to Superstorm Sandy cleanup at its meeting Tuesday night, as well as an ordinance to adopt the Federal Emergency Management Agency's advisory base flood elevation (ABFE) maps, which have already been adopted by the state.

Though Gov. Chris Christie announced that the state as a whole would adopt the ABFE maps last month, individual municipalities must also adopt the maps, or they forfeit potential hazard mitigation grants which will aid residents in elevating their homes, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said.

The ABFE maps have been the subject of controversy, as many residents have made the case that they are not appropriately zoned and, thus, subject to unnecessary expense to either raise their house or contend with unsubsidized flood insurance rates that could grow to .

Though Acropolis said last week that he feels the maps constitute a "money grab" by the federal government, the fact that grants to residents would be in jeopardy without adopting them – as well as the fact that the state already has – has forced the local vote.

The ABFE maps are advisory in nature; finalized maps, which may scale back certain aspects of elevation and foundational requirements, are expected to be released this summer.

The adoption of the ABFE maps comes with a companion ordinance that will amend township zoning laws to allow houses in flood zones to be raised to required elevations without residents having to obtain a variance – effectively, an exception – from height requirements under existing local land use laws.

In addition, the council will consider a $12.5 million bond ordinance as an emergency appropriation "as a result of the extraordinary damage to the streets, roads and other public property caused by Hurricane Sandy," a proposed ordinance reads.

The township has already authorized $7.5 million in Sandy cleanup spending, and previously estimated the total cleanup bill could reach $53 million.

Funds expended by the township as part of the storm recovery process are eligible for a 75 percent reimbursement by FEMA, though consideration is being given by federal officials to upping that figure to a 90 percent reimbursement.

Finally, the council will consider a resolution that will allow the township to go onto private property to clear or recover debris in cases where a safety hazard exists. The resolution is expected to be used to clear debris from the destroyed Camp Osborn neighborhood, where blocks of homes were leveled by fires during the storm.

Funds expended under that resolution are also eligible for reimbursement, Township Attorney Jean Cipriani has said.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the township municipal complex on Chambers Bridge Road.

John February 05, 2013 at 04:17 PM
You are a fool not to pass the fire budget. Volunteer fire fighters are your hometown Heros every day help them so they can be there in your time of need or we can start sending u a bill for services like brick police E M S dose when they come to your door . Don't be a fool vote yes
Karly C February 05, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Where is the meeting and what time?
Daniel Nee February 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Karly - Last line of the article has the time and link to directions to town hall.
Chief Wahoo February 05, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Busy night . Lots of golden opportunities for them to pick your pockets of whatever change Obama has left in them. Pezzaras must not have slept a wink last night , he was so excited. Bond = Debt = Slavery
shorecorruption February 06, 2013 at 12:17 AM
A real Big Water Park,a money maker!

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