By Keith Brown and Daniel Nee
In the first nine months since Superstorm Sandy hit Shore area towns, millions in federal emergency money has been doled out to offset costs of cleanup and removal in some of the hardest hit areas of Monmouth County, state figures show.
The state Office of Emergency Management, which has been distributing the federal money to municipalities throughout the state, reports that Lacey Township received a total of $419,583 from the federal government, mainly going toward reimbursement for debris removal and safety measures, according to an OEM accounting of public assistance payments.The school district has, thus far, received just over $6,000 while the Lacey MUA has received $36,338.
"As far as the process, it's going to take some time," said Mayor David Most.
The township, he said, has submitted approximately $1 million in storm expenses, and expects about $900,000 to be reimbursed under the present 90-10 percentage formula.
The process for municipalities to get reimbursed for their storm outlays had been slow until just the past few weeks when the OEM set up an electronic submission system that tracks where in the pipeline requests for reimbursement fall, local officials told Patch.
Most said Lacey has hired a grant writer to handle its Sandy reimbursement funding and apply for additional grants. Town-by-town statistics in reimbursements vary, with Lacey at about the middle of the pack. Some towns have received more federal dollars while other have received less.
Stafford Township has received less than half of Lacey's reimbursements – $152,450 – while Berkeley Township has received about double, at $917,842.
Figures were not available for Barnegat Township.