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Lacey Estimates $400K on Sandy Expenses Thus Far

The township was notified of its FEMA application process on Tuesday

Lacey has expended approximately $400,000 in costs on manpower, debris cleanup, brush cleanup and tree removal since Hurricane Sandy, township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh estimates.

Lacey officials were notified of its FEMA application process on Tuesday. The township, along with all Ocean County municipalities, will be meeting with FEMA this week, she said.

Up to Friday, some items of FEMA reimbursement were at 100 percent while others were at 75 percent, she said.

With Hurricane Irene, it was six months before the township had a FEMA meeting and submitted paperwork.

“It could take up to 18 months to get reimbursed,” Laureigh said. “We are currently spending money on debris, overtime, cleanup, etc. and are anticipating some reimbursement. We can’t do nothing just because we may not get reimbursed.”

For overtime, the township spent $101,000 for the Police Department and Department of Public Works just the week of the storm, she said.

The township has taken approximately 900 tons to the landfill in storm debris from resident’s homes, she said.

“The DPW is still working on debris and brush clean up throughout the community,” she said. “And then, we still need to focus on our public property such as the parks and road infrastructure that was damaged.”

There is about $40,000 in fence damage throughout the township and the end of the Laurel Boulevard roadway has been compromised approximately $25,000. There has also been damage to the curbing on Laurel Boulevard in the Newport Bay Club, which the township is awaiting a price for, as well as the Bayfront Park walkway, gazebo and playground area.

“In fact, the gazebo is nonexistent,” she said.

The Recreation Building’s gutters and fascia also sustained some damage.

“The lists keeps getting longer as we thoroughly inspect our sites,” she said.

patricia doyle November 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The bayfront park beach at the end of Beach Boulevard needs a great deal of attention. Beach has been lost, and the "rip rap" is all over the beach and even in people's yards. Parts of houses and decks are on the beach and need to be removed.
GB Shore November 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Patience....this is a common theme all over town...EVERYONE needs to have some patience here as this truly was a natural disaster....PATIENCE....I too have garbage and evastation where I ive along the water so I am not just someone on here who is not affected...
grace November 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
so true, try and remainas positive as you can...everything takes time..i still dont have heat but people have lost more....question- if fema is coming to town, how, where and when ? thanks

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