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Manasquan Approves $13.5M in Rebuilding Spending

Three ordinances addressing beach, roads, sewer projects

What Manasquan Borough calls its "Emergency Protection and Recovery Plan" was approved for $13.5M over three ordinances, to address damaged beachfront and other infrastructure impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Borough Administrator Joe DeIorio explained at the previous borough council meeting that the three ordinances — $7.4 million in beach rebuilding, $5.548 million in water and sewer costs and another half million in other capital improvements — is both to rebuild and improve gaps in emergency operations.

For example, the plan aims to improve an element to the dispatch system called repeaters. The dispatch system failed during the storm, leaving police unable to receive messages between walky-talky or their vehicles, DeIorio said.

Specifically the emergency upgrades include $177,000 in spending: for backup repeaters, a technology that enables communication between dispatch, vehicles and walky-talkies of emergency personnel, which failed after the storm; that figure also includes spending for solar backup for the siren system, replacing portable radios, and a flood mapping initiative under the borough Office of Emergency Management.

The plan looks to funnel $7.4 million to rebuilding the waterfront of Manasquan, where public buildings were severely damaged, equipment was destroyed and sand was pushed into the streets.

Some of the planned beach restoration includes:

  • $7.366 million in beach operations: rebuilding destroyed bathroom facilities, gazebo, boardwalk promenade and other buildings; the purchase of a surf rake, hauler and golf cart; sifting sand and more.
  • $3.45 million for bulk heading on Fourth and Perrine
  • $500,000 to restore the Sea Watch Building
  • $300,000 to restore the Life Saving Station

In a hearing on the plan, no questions or comments came from the audience Thursday and the measures unanimously passed council without much comment. 

DeIorio added the ordinance would pave the way to ask for FEMA reimbursement on the spending.

The complete "Emergency Protection and Recovery Plan" is attached to this article.

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Local Reader December 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
$5.5 million in water & sewer costs? That just doesn't sound right - please give details of the breakout? Are they putting new lines throughout the entire town? Is this some elegant solution towards solving our brownish water issue?
Local Reader December 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Can you confirm the $5.5 million in water and sewer costs?
beachlubber December 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
What are the tax implications for a homeowner? Surely, the mayor and council took this into consideration.
Penn Cross December 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Is the Sea Watch building going to be torn down? If so, they better elevate it using FEMA guidelines so when there's another hurricane taxpayers wont have to come up with $500,000 to re-restore. I doubt FEMA will help again if it's not rebuilt to their specifications. This applies to the beach headquarters building too.

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