Mantoloking and Hurricane Sandy
Update 19: November 14, 2012: 3:15 pm
Here is the latest:
– For tomorrow, for those of you parking in the North end of town, please park your cars directly on Rt35/Ocean Avenue. Do not park your car on Bay Head side streets (including Clayton).
– Our engineers have started to construct a temporary sewer pumping station on Barnegat Lane since our main station was totally destroyed. This will allow us to better assess the condition of our sewer system.
– 4 very large bulldozers are pushing sand on the ocean side to help shore up the dunes.
– The Army Corps is directing State contractors to “return Mantoloking to pre-Sandy condition.” Many of the open breaches on both the bay and ocean side are now closed in. A remarkable amount of sand has been transferred and is being held in by a some pretty significant rock so the sand does not go into the bay.
– We are also devising a plan that will assist homeowners with debris removal from their properties. We will announce details of this plan shortly.
– The Finance Committee is working with the county and state to review property taxes. The Finance Committee recognizes the unique situation that the town and homeowners is in and will work to provide relief, but also protects future property values. At Monday’s town council meeting, Mayor Nebel will present a resolution that extends the November 1 property tax due date to December 31, 2012 so that residents have ample time to pay their taxes.
– Some good news: The National Guard and State police approved access to contractors for the purpose of winterization. This will begin on Friday and they must adhere to the rules set forth below:
* Entry will be allowed from 8-3 on the same day that residents are allowed entry (For Friday, that will be Section1)
* If a resident is not going to accompany their contractor, they need to supply a letter or an e-mail authorizing the contractor to enter.
* Contractors entering the Southern Part of town (South of Herbert Street) should check-in at the new County Park at the base of the bridge on the Brick side. Contractors for the North, should meet at Sacred Heart Church.
* Contractors can use their own vehicles, but they should park in the resident’s driveway or the nearest possible driveway. If they park on any public street, they will be towed and denied future access.
* Once contractors have cleared the checkpoint, they will not be allowed to go back and forth. If they have multiple clients, they need to supply a list of those clients at the checkpoint. If they are found at any address other than that for which they registered, they will be escorted from town and denied future access.
THE WINTERIZATION SYSTEM IS A TRIAL TO ALLOW GREATER ACCESS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IF IT DOES NOT WORK, FUTURE ACCESS MAY BE SEVERELY COMPROMISED. PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO MAKE IT WORK.
Finally, it would be great to have more residents help with the checkpoints. If you are interested in manning a checkpoint, please contact Councilman Don Ness.
Instead of a quote for the day, please check out the following site from ABC in Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/hurricane-sandy-before-after-photos/
Finally, please remember the town council meeting on Monday: