During the Manager’s Report at the Feb. 19 Scotch Plains Council Meeting, the ongoing cleanup from Sandy was discussed by Township Manager Henry Underhill, who stated that originally the township borrowed $800,000 but that they probably tacked on another $200,000.
According to Underhill, the township originally borrowed the $800,000 with money set aside for grinding, but are now probably near $1 million due to salaries from the police and fire department.
Also, Underhill stated that he hasn’t seen the numbers from the police and fire departments as of yet, but he said he was sure the township was probably in another $200,000.
“75 percent should be coming back to us,” Underhill stated.
The township has been working on the report to submit to FEMA and they have already finalized the police department aspect. Underhill stated they should have the fire department and department of public works information in by the end of the week.
The grinding at the former Terry Lou Zoo location is still ongoing and the township is going back and forth with plans, Underhill stated. They are planning to have official bid documents put out for the grinding.
“We will still try to be on schedule to get rid of it by the end of March,” Underhill said.
Originally, the amount of debris at the site was between 6,000-8,000 cubic yards when first calculated, Underhill stated. Now the Township is looking at 16,000 cubic yards, not including what was brought directly to disposal sites.
Underhill also said that township is working on the appropriate documents to send out to the public on the bulk waste pickup. He stated that pickup should still be on the normal schedule.
“If people are waiting and holding onto this stuff we should still be on schedule for when they will be able to put it out on the curb,” he said.
Information on bulk waste pickup will be posted on the township’s website.
For a full look at the post-Sandy report, view the township’s document here.
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