Little Egg Harbor Appoints Rebuilding Director

Heads New Town Department for Post-Sandy Construction
By PAT JOHNSON | Aug 01, 2013

The Little Egg Harbor Township Committee has created a new department and position of director of the Department of Community Development, and appointed Assistant Business Administrator Mike Fromosky to the additional duties.

As director he will oversee the construction and zoning departments, planning and zoning boards, code enforcement and all facets of rebuilding in the post-Sandy township. His role includes interfacing with planners from New Jersey Future and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The committee has not yet discussed additional salary for Fromosky, Mayor John Kehm said during the July 25 municipal meeting. But the mayor and committee members all were positive about their choice of Fromosky and his ability to handle the job.

“This is an excellent resolution,” said Kehm. “Mike has shown himself to be a guiding force to the employees. He already handles reports and FEMA documents. He’s also a born leader.”

Township Business Administrator Garret Loesch said Fromosky would also be in charge of upgrading technology used by the town’s departments. “Over all, the departments in construction and zoning need direct oversight as they move into modern technology,” said Loesch. “We’ve had problems with the high amount volume (in post-storm permitting) using traditional methods.”

Fromosky was not present during the meeting as he was waiting for news of a new grandson, said Loesch.

In light of increased construction since Sandy, the committee made some additional hirings. Betty Ann Resch was promoted from part time to full time in the construction office; Donna Stansfield was hired on as a clerk; William Marshall was appointed as a building inspector; and Karl Held was given full-time status as building inspector and fire inspector.

The committee is moving ahead with revitalizing the Community Center on West Calabreeze Way, which had extensive damage during Sandy. The committee authorized a request for bids for the HVAC system. The township will also replace doors to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, using last year’s Community Development Block Grant.

Township Engineer Jim Oris said Frog Pond Road was scheduled to be paved this week. Also, work is nearing completion on the Safe Ways to School project to create sidewalks to link the George Mitchell and Frog Pond elementary schools with Ocean County Freedom Fields and the township’s recreation fields on Route 539. These two projects are covered by approximately $600,000 in state grants.

The township also approved the retirement of police officer Thomas Tricka and authorized release of his accumulated sick and personal time totaling $21,696.

During the public portion of the meeting, Charles Newmeyer of the original Holly Lake lagoon community asked if the township was moving forward with complying with FEMA’s Community Rating System. If the township could be certified part of the CRS, home and business owners would be eligible for discounts on their flood insurance rates.

Oris said the township was relying on Ocean County to develop the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the township. “They are going to prepare a county-wide plan, hopefully within the next few months, and then make a formal submission.” Oris said towns that are eligible for the rating system can see their rates drop 5 percent or more, depending on how many points the community gains by adopting flood management rules.

“The township has been proactive by working with FEMA and making sure we rebuild in a safe manner,” Oris said.

Sun Rise Bay resident Art Mooney asked if the repairs being done to the sidewalks, the “jack-hammering” that is apparently annoying the homeowners, was being paid for by the developer’s maintenance bond. Oris said it was, and he also said the work would be completed within five days.

Mooney asked if the township had contacted the homeowners association before the work was begun. Oris said he wasn’t sure.

“We had no way of knowing who these guys were,” said Mooney.

On another topic, Mooney asked when the property tax bills might be sent. Loesch said that was up to the county, which must re-certify school and municipal budgets after additional funds came in from FEMA.

Peter Ferwerda, Democratic candidate for Assembly in the 9th District, also asked when the bills might be in the mailbox, as he “would have to dig deeper to make a withdrawal from the gold bars that once held up his shed” – a joke.

Loesch said he hoped that would occur by the end of this month. Ferwerda remarked that taxpayers then have 25 days from receipt of their tax bill to pay it without penalties; and he counted out the business days till September.

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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