Friday, May 3, 2013
Middletown received $200,000 in this round of state-funded Municipal Aid grants.
Middletown is one of 36 municipalities in Monmouth County that will receive a local aid grant from the state government, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced. Middletown will receive $200,000 for the second phase of improvements to Murphy Road, a residentially-lined road thoroughfare where Harmony Elementary and Thorne Middle School are located. In surrounding towns, Atlantic Highlands Borough will get $175,000 for resurfacing of West Avenue, Hazlet will get $250,000 for Laurel Avenue improvements, Keansburg gets $185,000 for drainage improvements to Raritan Avenue, Oak St and East Shore St; Rumson Borough will receive $160,000 to spend on the Avenue of Two Rivers. Local aid grants are allocated to reduce the impact …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Some municipalities, such as Sea Bright, desperately need the additional funds from Community Disaster Loan applications.
The impact of Superstorm Sandy continues to be felt by the State of New Jersey as it embarks on its first fiscal year following one of the biggest storms in state history. For various reasons, many towns have been forced into a holding pattern, waiting as the state approves their budgets. Indeed, 32 towns impacted by the storm have applied for Community Disaster Loans, which are reviewed by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and must ultimately be approved by the state Department of Community Affairs' Division of Local Government Services. Some towns, such as Sea Bright in Monmouth County, see this loan as an absolute must. The borough applied for about $1.25 million in the loan, and has not even introduced its budget …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Job posted on township website May 1.
Wednesday, May 1
The Township of Middletown is seeking U.C.C. Inspectors for Building, Electric, Plumbing and Fire Sub-Codes. Must possess valid U.C.C. License. Send resumes electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 1 Kings Highway Middletown, NJ 07748 Atten: Cindy, Human Resources.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monmouth County Department of Public Works, Sheriff's Department beneficiaries in latest dole
The Monmouth County Department of Public Works and the Sheriff’s Department will share in $9.4 million in federal recovery money to reimburse those agencies for money spent during Hurricane Sandy, officials said. Tuesday. U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both D-NJ, announced a total of nearly $9.4 million in federal funding to reimburse New Jersey communities for their response and recovery work following the storm. The county Public Works department will receive $3,714,294 as partial reimbursement for its pre- and post-storm efforts, according to the release. The Sheriff’s Department will receive $1,291,688 for the department’s efforts in providing security at shelters as well as its search and rescue operations, …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Highlands Council president hopes funding will get residents back in homes and businesses open
New Jersey’s disaster recovery plan calls for $1.83 billion to support a variety of housing, infrastructure and business programs, Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Monday, six months after Hurricane Sandy devasted areas of the state's coast. Before a crowd of more than 50 at Moby’s Restaurant in Highlands, Donovan announced HUD’s approval of the disaster recovery plan to help homeowners’ and businesses following Hurricane Sandy. The $1.83 billion will be funded through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. “Today we take another important step toward recovery and healing for hard-hit communities in New Jersey,” said Donovan, who chairs President Barack …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The doors of the fascinating Seabrook-Wilson House, formerly known as the "Spy House," will open to the public beginning April 28.
The Seabrook-Wilson House on Port Monmouth Road in Middletown will open the doors for Sunday afternoon public tours beginning April 28 through Oct. 27. The house, informally known as "The Spy House," dates back to the 1720 when it was a small cabin. Over the years the house was expanded and altered. By 1896, the house had grown to its present size and appearance. At different times, it has been a farmhouse, an inn in the early 1900s, a tavern and a museum. The Middletown Township Historical Society and, later, the Spy House Museum Corporation, operated the house as a local history museum for 20 years. Acquired by the Park System in 1998, the building underwent a restoration and is now used for Park System offices, programs and …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Final hearing on a 4.1 percent increase for state's second largest utility
The sixth and final hearing on a request for a rate increase by the state’s second largest utility company met with a mix of praise and criticism for Jersey Central Power & Light Wednesday at Freehold Township’s Town Hall. JCP&L, fresh off widespread criticism for its handling of Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed, is seeking a 4.1 percent increase in the rates it charges its 1.1 million customers – many of whom were without power for up to two weeks after this winter’s storms. The Morristown-based company, the main power supplier in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties, is seeking to recoup the $630 million it spent on repairs following Sandy. It has petitioned the state regulatory board -- the Board of Public Utilities -- …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Utility company petitioning state board for consumer rate increase
The state Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to hold a pair of hearings in Freehold Township on Wednesday on a proposed rate increase for Jersey Central Power & Light. The first meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building, at Schanck and Stillwells Corner roads. The second meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the same location. The utility company, roundly criticized for its response during Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, wants a rate increase of 4.5 percent in its effort to raise $603 million the company says it needs to repair infrastructure damaged in hurricane’s Sandy and Irene. The company faces opposition. “We will speak for the hundreds of ratepayers who are tired of paying more for less …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Municipal Clerk Heidi Brunt says she is happy to gives tours of her office, or come to your group's meeting, to explain local government.
Is your neighborhood association, scout troop or school interested in learning how local government works? Township Clerk Heidi R. Brunt says her door is open for inquiries. During the week of May 6-10 , tours of the Clerk's office at Town Hall will be available by appointment. Or Township Clerk Brunt will come speak to your group meeting throughout the year, she said. "As a local government employee, I enjoy educating the public on how to navigate through their experience with Town Hall," said Brunt. The township clerk "serves as the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels," said Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger at a government meeting Monday, when he declared the week "…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Leonardo, Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin center will become SBA loan centers. Union Beach and Brick Township disaster recovery centers will remain.
FEMA announced Friday that three local Disaster Recovery Centers in Leonardo, Toms River and Little Egg Harbor will close Saturday, April 20, and transition into Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. The decision was made after officials noted fewer people seeking help at the three centers, the agency said. SBA representatives at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center will take over April 22. They provide homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations with face-to-face service in answering questions about SBA's low-interest disaster loan programs, completing loan applications, checking the status of applications and closing on SBA loans. The SBA outreach centers will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday …