Long Beach Township Floodplain Management Committee Holds Annual Meeting

May 02, 2018

Long Beach Township’s floodplain management committee met in late April to discuss post-storm mitigation, preventive measures, community outreach and more. The committee is charged with reviewing and updating the township’s Floodplain Management Action Plan on an annual basis as a requirement of the Community Rating System program for municipalities with 10 or more repetitive flood loss properties, explained chairwoman JoAnne Tallon, the township’s CRS coordinator.

Township Engineer Frank Little led the committee through the action plan.

As the meeting progress report detailed, a Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grant “has become available to assist some of the remaining homeowners who have yet to raise their substantially damaged homes as of this date. It is a 75 percent reimbursement grant, and 10 property owners in Long Beach Township have been approved to participate.”

The natural resources protection portion of the plan, meanwhile, specifies that the township continue to supply dune grass to residents and scouts for annual plantings, and “touch-ups are currently being done through June 2018 in certain areas of Brant Beach.”

Beach restoration is currently underway from 31st to 57th streets in Brant Beach, and should conclude by the end of May. Beachfill is complete elsewhere in the municipality.

Regarding community outreach, the action plan clarifies that booths promoting flood insurance were manned by personnel from the township, as well as other LBI communities, at various events last year. The township’s Office of Emergency Management, meanwhile, continues to host emergency management awareness seminars with various homeowner associations and civic organizations, upon request, and holds an annual summer outreach program featuring a meterologist from the National Weather Service. Updated outreach publications were mailed out to all residents in February.

In addition, the township has worked with the Island’s five other municipalities to formulate a Program for Public Information. The joint website lbieoc.org is utilized to coordinate outreach, and is overseen by public information officer Megan Keller of the township police department.

An annual review of the PPI will be conducted at 10 a.m. May 8 at the new borough hall in Beach Haven.

Later that month, at noon on May 17, local contractors and architects are invited to a meeting in the township courtroom to “continue to review all the post-Sandy rebuilding requirements and the preliminary versus effective flood elevation maps,” local ordinance changes and other related items, the meeting report states.

As the report also explains, as per the examination of the master plan 10-year review, the committee will revisit the requirements for impervious coverage “and make recommendations to the governing body for further regulations and restrictions. Consideration is being given to dropping overall impervious to 60 percent from 75 percent.”

The plan also notes that the township and Ocean County continue to repair and replace storm drains along Long Beach Boulevard and Beach Avenue. New drains, with debris grates, were recently installed at East 70th and 71st streets and the Boulevard in Brant Beach. The county also installed a tide valve in this location.

Lastly, it was noted that CRS credit is no longer given to underground storm drain systems, and it is likely “a significant number of CRS points will be lost due to the new interpretation of the credit for drainage system maintenance.” The township’s Adopt a Storm Drain program has been suspended for now, as the municipality “has decided to focus on bay water quality by participating in ReClam the Bay and oyster recycling programs.”

“CRS credit may be awarded under outreach for these programs to help offset the loss of points for the storm drain credits.”

In attendance at the meeting, in addition to Tallon and Little, were Keller, emergency management coordinator Anthony Deely, health officer Dan Krupinski of the LBI Health Department, Director of Public Works Andrew Baran, construction official Dane Sprague, Dave Seegers of G. Anderson Real Estate and resident Vera Monahan.

— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

juliet@thesandpaper.net

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