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Letter to the Editor: Township Should Help Residents Receiving ‘Elevation’ Letters

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A house being raised following Superstorm Sandy damage. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A house being raised following Superstorm Sandy damage. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Dan Toth, former Brick councilman and current Republican council candidate:

To the editor:

Receiving a phone call last week was a reminder that our residents are still fighting City Hall in trying to be able to move back into their homes, almost 3 years after Sandy.  Threatening letters were recently sent out to hundreds of residents, demanding that they pay tens of thousands of dollars to elevate their homes or face massive fines and the prospect of the town yanking their ability to live there.
No alternative remedies were mentioned in the letters, and simple ones do exist.  That is just plain wrong.  Don’t kick our residents when they are down.  Instead of threats, offer solutions.  At least that’s how I did it as a councilman in this town.

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Dan Toth
Former Councilman
Brick Township
2006-2013


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  • Janet Suriano

    Thank you Mr. Toth I wish you were still on the council. I have lived and worked as a teacher in this town well over thirty years. I always loved Brick up til now as I am one of the families being threatened to elevate our rental home or lose it. I live on a modest teacher pension and my husbands pension was our rental. We spent over 25000.00 to make all the repairs only to be told and very rudely may I add that we have to raise it which we cannot afford to do. In defense of the township I think they were under the impression that what they told us was correct. I am going to try and bring all the receipts to show our home has been fixed, but I am almost afraid because the last time we were there it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Thank you for continuing to care for the people of Brick.

    • Chief Wahoo

      Take a video camera and record you encounter with the tyrants…I mean public servants.

    • JJones

      You would think with all the vacant homes from Sandy , and homes in short sales and foreclosures have put and will continue to put a strain on everyone in Brick with loss income that the town council would look for any help possible.. You can place the blame on the federal government. But at least make seem like your trying too many families still struggling

  • justthefacts

    In one of the articles it indicates that the Township will lose FEMA money if they do not enforce the elevation of substantially damaged homes. Why should I, a taxpayer who was not substantially damaged pay more in taxes for people that are living in houses they cannot afford? They live close to the water. They got money from FEMA, if it was a primary residence. If it was a second home they can afford two homes when I am struggling to pay for one. Everyone that complains about big government but they wanted and got government money after the storm. If they received no government money, got no debris removed by the government following the storm, got no relocation money, and paid flood insurance that was not subsidized by my tax dollars, and it all was, then yes they should be left alone. If however they got money they must comply with FEMA requirements so the cost of recovery is spread to the Federal level and not put on the backs of Brick residents. Mr Toth tell the truth this is a requirement of FEMA and will cost all of us. Complain to your Congressman. The federal government is to blame.
    Tell us Mrs Suriano what is your situation? Did you have flood insurance, at a low rate subsidized by me? Did you get FEMA money, partially paid by my tax dollars? Did you not listen to the Governor when he said make repairs to get in but deal with the elevations later? Well three years is later. I do not wish to continue to subsidize your insurance, pay more in property taxes because FEMA holds back money, and I certainly do not wish to pay more if another storm hits and your house is damaged again.

  • Concerned Brick Resident

    Repeating my comment from the last post:
    BEFORE THEY START STEALING HOMES FROM HARD WORKING FAMILIES OF THIS
    TOWN(THE FAMILIES THAT ARE STILL RECOVERING TO GET THERE BILLS BACK ON
    TRACK AFTER SANDY AND LIVING WITH THE ASTRONOMICAL TAXES HERE.) LOOK
    AROUND THIS TOWN. BRICK AND THESE HOUSE LIFTERS ARE MOST LIKELY WORKING
    HAND IN HAND TO MAKE THESE OUT OF STATE GUYS MONEY HAND OVER FIST, THEY
    SHOULD CONDEMN 581 MANTOLOKING RD A FACILITY ONE OF THESE HOME LIFTERS
    WORKS OUT OF EVERY STRUCTURE ON THAT PROPERTY SHOULD BE CONDEMNED AND
    TORN DOWN AS WELL AS SOIL TEST THE GROUND, YOU CAN SEE THE HIDEOUS
    CONDITIONS ITS LEFT IN JUST BY DRIVING BY THE WIDE OPEN GATE OR
    DILAPIDATED FENCE . BEFORE THEY TAKE A SAFE HOME FROM A RIGHTFUL
    HOMEOWNER, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE HANDLING OF THE CONDEMNED AND
    DESTROYED PROPERTIES LITTERED AROUND BRICK, BUT THEIR REQUIREMENTS OF
    ARE FAR TO SHORT TO MANDATE LIFTING ALL THESE HOMES. Other solutions could be put into place if. The 3 year requirement to rebuild there homes then have it lifted is a monumental finance task for working families, This should have been a 5-10 year plan put into place instead of this.

  • Concerned Brick Resident

    Repeating my comment from the last post:
    before they start stealing homes from hard working families of this town(the families that are still recovering to get there bills back on track after sandy and living with the astrimonical taxes here look around this town. brick and these house lifters are most likely working hand in hand to make out of state guys money hand over fist, they should condemn 581 mantoloking rd a facility one of these home lifters works out of every structure on that property should be condemned and torn down as well as soil test the ground, you can see the hideous conditions its left in just by driving by the wide open gate or dilapidated fence. before they take a safe home from a rightful homeowner i completely understand the handling of the condemned and destroyed properties littered around brick
    but the requirements of are far to short mandate lifting all these homes.
    Other solutions could be put into place if. The 3 year requirement to rebuild there homes
    then have it lifted is a monumental finance task for working families,
    This should have been a 5-10 year plan put into place instead of this.

    • justthefacts

      FEMA sent rules, I do not
      agree with them. I think the feds should do more to help. They should help
      finance the raises of all homes at risk so the people have the money to raise.
      But just this last time. In the future whatever they insure their homes
      for is the limit, no more of my money. The insurance cost should be what price
      the market says it should be, and if you under insure that is your problem.
      My point was that people have gotten the benefit of lower insurance
      rates because I subsidized them with my tax dollars. They also received money
      from my tax dollars to make repairs in homes located in dangerous areas that could flood again. Now they do not want
      to follow the regulations. They need to raise them to lower the risk to their homes,
      so I do not have to pay for flood repairs in the future. Refusing is not
      taking responsibility for themselves. They choose to live in an area subject to
      flooding. All the conservatives should be screaming about personal responsibility
      and pulling yourself up by the boot straps.

  • Janet Suriano

    To Just the facts,yes I had flood insurance and no I did not receive any monies from them. I also pay taxes on both of my properties. I had to take a loan from fema to make the repairs on my home that I am paying back. I do not have 10,000.00 to raise my home and that is just to raise it. No connecting is involved in that price. I have a very small bungalow with two tiny bedrooms. I do not own a luxury home on the water. We lived in that home over twenty years. I am not asking for anything from your tax dollars I am just asking not to have to tear down my home that is all. My husband is 80 years old and can not do the repairs himself. I am very sorry if I offended you and by the way we do not live on the water, far from it.

  • Scott

    Can somebody post the letter or have a link to it?