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Towns Meeting With County Regarding Shared Services for Debris Pickup

Agreement would alleviate burden on local Public Works following Sandy.

Several Ocean County officials are expected to meet on Thursday to discuss the details of a shared services agreement that will make Ocean County responsible for debris pickup.

Manchester became the latest Ocean County town to consider the shared service agreement at their regular council meeting Monday night.

Barnegat and Stafford Townships entered into similar agreements with the county last week. Despite the fact that Stafford Township had previously approved resolutions that appropriated some $21 million for trash pickup following Sandy, under the terms of this shared service agreement, that number now drops to $6 million, according to township officials there.

Manchester's Business Administrator Elena Zsoldos said that she and several other town officials have been invited to the Thursday meeting to hash out details of the agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Zsoldos said that the county would hire a state-approved contractor, who would be hired by the county to clean up debris in Manchester and other towns. Individual towns would then reimburse the county for expenses occurred with FEMA funding.

Zsoldos reminded residents to "please be careful because there is still stuff out on the roads." She said that after consulting with the town's Public Works Department, the township will probably ask that cleanup start on the east end and move west. She added that Public Works officials noted that the shared services agreement would benefit them by alleviating some of the burden on the workers and equipment following the storm.

Ann Powers November 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Is this the reason debris pickup in Stafford has screeched to a halt? Psst. Officials need to communicate w/residents. Please.
Sal Sorce November 27, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Who is paying for all the overtime? Got wind *no pun intended" that FEMA does not cover township overtime ... hmmmm??? Who is running this $$$$ money mill show?
Rick November 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
So the county, state and Fed all get involved? That won't add anything to the cost of the cleanup.
Silver dollar November 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Ocean County can't get out of Toms River I am forever reading how much they do in the town where they are located (County seat) . Ride Lacey Road from Forked River to Manchester , which is a county road and you will see they cut the trees to the white line on the side of the road and left the rest of the tree there . Most towns pay more in taxes to the county then there own towns , and get less in return In Lacey we pay 14% of our taxes to our town and 23% to the county ' Sure the county was around during the storm then they sort of disappeared When a Insurance Claim is done I wonder how much the county really did ? Talk about the need for shared services

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