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FEMA Reimburses Manalapan Nearly $4M for Sandy Cleanup

Manalapan Township was one of the first four towns in New Jersey to be given federal money for Sandy cleanup.

Manalapan Township will be reimbursed $3,937,500 from the federal government for cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy.

The township was among four municipalities awarded funding in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's first round of reimbursements to towns recovering from Sandy, according to a release.

“This federal emergency funding will help reduce the cost burden on local governments that rose to the occasion and acted without hesitation to keep families and neighborhoods safe,” NJ Senator Frank R. Lautenberg said.

Lautenberg is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. 

The initial round of FEMA funding included $8.3 million earmarked for debris removal in Manalapan as well as:

  • $1,125,000 for Plainfield
  • $1,668,150 for Little Silver
  • $1,582,350 for Keansburg

Why were these towns chosen? These grants are known as Public Assistance grants and they are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after applications were received from the state. This coordinates the funding process with local muncipalities, according to the release.

Pat Rick November 29, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Wow, I think it is absolutely ridiculous that Manalapan received almost 4 million dollars. There are other areas that should of been prioritized before Manalapan such as: Toms River, Point Pleasant, and Asbury Park, just to name a few. The officials of Manalapan must have some inside connection. Does anyone else think this seems ludicrous? As a resident of Manalapn it just seems wrong.
gjc November 29, 2012 at 08:19 AM
I think that it was purely a matter of Manlapan having all their ducks in a row and having submitted a complete package to FEMA the fastest - sort of like the early bitd catches the worm. That said, the devastated shore towns will get their due and probably a lot more than $4 million when they submit their paper work.
Joiseymom November 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Why is it ridiculous? Do you have any idea what it is going to cost Manalapan to clean up all the trees and debris from the storm? Do you want our taxes to go up or a one time tax sur-charge to pay for it? Do you want to have to pay for the clean up of your downed trees yourself? I think this is a good thing. It means Tara, our township administrator is on the ball! She had all her i's dotted and t's crossed and sent in the application for what the clean-up is going to cost. I am sure Toms River and all the other shore towns will be doing the same and will be getting much more money. They might not have sent in the application yet, or since they had so much more damage are still collecting damage amounts and will be sending it in. Believe me FEMA will be sending these towns the funds needed.
michael rosenberg November 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
So when is Manalapan going to start the clean up, with all of the trees down we can not walk on the sidewalks and the roads are one lane
dot November 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Just hope ALL these money be used for clean up, not for some useless township pencilnecks extra bonus!
Joiseymom November 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM
When?? They have been. But there are just so many trucks. I have seen them at different places in town. I know today they are on my street. They send out emails (you can sign up for these) and they are updating the residents, or you can check the website. You do realize it is going to take months for the clean up, right? They also plan to go through the entire town 2x.
Jon Morris December 01, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Yea 4mlllion for sandy cleanup and our homes on Birmingham still flood. Get real. I hope they return the money to people who really need it I know we aren't getting any help in the flood zone. Our taxes aren't that expensive and there gonna go up anyway were do you think FEMA gets the money out of a magic hat? FEMA don't have any money they are printing it. That's the problem with this country and especially this town they just don't know how to manage money and spend it in the right places. Cut you're own damaged trees up and clean you're own lawns. Hey I have an idea lets put public works on it with the equipment we bought last year.
Jon Morris December 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Lets state the facts The only reason Manalapan had there ducks in a row is because they botched it last year when we lost our homes in the Irene flood. Our streets and yards flood everytime we get a heavy rain. Now that's a problem that requires govt assistance. If they hadnt overbuilt this town without considering flooding out the older homes we wouldn't be bickering about this now. It just makes me sick to see that the unelected town officials are able to get 4 million to clean up somet fallen trees and probably find a way to build another non pervios turf field rather then help residents that don't have 300k to raze there homes and build another. I can't wait to see how shade tree handles this. They better not cut any trees near the brooks or I will sue. I've been waiting for years now and I'm sure my taxes are going up as we speak. Don't believe everything you read they are all the same principles just a different face every couple of years. Nothing will change and soon my new home will be ready that I paid for with my hard earned money and I hope that the one in Manalapan is an eyesore for years to come. God knows I can't sell it.
Jon Morris December 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Wow reject good job patch nice to see you are as communist as our town is. So much for freedom of speech.
Jon Morris December 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Why Reject??????
Jon Morris December 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Oh u forgot Birmingham drive was rejected by you guys last hurricane too. Great job guys. I can be insulted but they can't be put on the spot
john allen December 03, 2012 at 09:11 PM
It bothers me that these jobs are not bid out for the cleanup, I for one as a large contracting company who has serviced northern NJ in the blizzard 2 years ago would have been more than happy to compete in pricing to get the job done at a fair price, seems in the blizzard some New York companies were gouging small towns so bad, they got caught, and we were asked to travel from Baltimore to help and we did with 6 loaders for 2 weeks, 24 hrs a day and go figure, $100 an hour cheaper!!!!! We still made money and got the job done before the expected completion!

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