Sandy Cost Scotch Plains Roughly $1 Million

At the Feb. 19 council meeting township manager Henry Underhill and Mayor Kevin Glover said the township is probably looking at an excess of $1 million spent on Sandy.


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.

Check back with scotchplains.patch.com as more information becomes available.


Olefin February 23, 2013 at 05:17 AM
I'm with Holden on this. Councilman Vastine is being evasive with his lack of an answer regarding who represented the prior broker. Can the Patch editor investigate this? It seems there's something there that we're not being told.
Bo Vastine February 23, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Really? The Mayor and majority on council select a provider after allowing the firm to modify their proposal...when no other firm was allowed to do the same...and you want to focus on who the people are rather than what happened to the process? I am being evasive? I have provided a clear overview of what transpired... Is the Mayor being evasive by not providing the reasoning behind his decision to allow this? You can take shots at the messenger... But it won't change the facts.
Olefin February 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Yes Councilman I do want to focus on the people. You're still deflecting. If we're going to have true transparency in our government then we should know the relationships between those choosing these outside contractors and the representatives of these contractors. When I read the story, it was about Sandy cleanup expenses. You brought up the insurance broker in your comment. You also do not seem to want to directly answer HM's question about who was involved. That is evasive. Will you or won't you answer who represents Conner Strong and DAG?
A real town employee February 23, 2013 at 03:27 PM
You are on the money Olefin. The connection of the old broker with the former party in power is real and should be publicized. I know this as fact. I'm so worried about typing this that I'm sitting in a public place with an IP address that can't be tracked. I don't know if the new broker is connected or not, but the old one was.
Olefin February 25, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I've also heard that real town employee. I figured Bo would go silent when called on it. Thanks for confirming what I've heard.


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