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Township Calls Storm Cleanup 'Daunting'

Recycling Center open seven days a week

With just a handful of outages reported in the township on Monday morning the administration said cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy and the ensuing Nor'easter will take months and ask residents for their help in the process. 

Following the two storms Township Manager Helene Schlegel said there is a lot of work to be done with downed trees and wires having made a mess of the town's power grid and people's properties. "Our public works department has been working seven days still clearing trees after wires have been removed and picking up the debris," she said. "Many residents have not yet even had the opportunity to get their damaged trees cut and to the curb."

Schlegel said crews from the township will be going around collecting the brush and debris but said it will be "a daunting task. She added it will take several months until the work is done based on the severity of the storm and the size of the town. "Although our destruction was not nearly the devastation that the shore experienced, because of the physical characteristics of our town, the amount of tree damage was extraordinary."

For those residents who are able to bring in their own brush and leaves the recycling center on Old Tavern Road will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. "as long as necessary," Schlegel added. 

For those people still without power while their neighbors have service they are encouraged to call JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877.

seventeen November 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Is this "Daunting Task" going to delay the 'Grand Opening' of our most prized-possession....that extravagant/new Administration Bldg - the Global on Rte. 9? I sure hope not, I was so looking forward to that day. :(
Advocate November 12, 2012 at 08:28 PM
How about those shared service arrangements that we were supposed to be working on for situations such as this? Aren't there any town west of us that can send us some help? How about the National Guard?? What is the plan going forward to cope with all of this??
Advocate November 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Plan? What Plan? We don't have no stinkin Plan"
ray November 12, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I think this is what you meant by doing more with less. I don't know about anybody else but I'm impressed
Kathryn Massa November 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Why not hire people in the town on a per dime basis for this cleanup. There are still a lot of people out of work and they might be willing to take this job with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming. Kate
webby November 15, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Howell did not even offer any help to us residents during the 2 weeks of in and out electricity.No cell phone charging stations,no hot food or even a stinking cup of coffee like all the other towns did.They did not even have a warming center open so we could all thaw out!But they want us to help with tree clean up!!!! I would have helped but when I called them very upset about my neighbors tree that uprooted and was dangling over the roof of my house they would not even give me the name of a tree guy to help me.It was hanging above my bedroom for a week and I had to sleep on the floor in another area of my house.Gee I would lend a hand but I am still all crippled up from sleeping on my freezing floor!
webby November 15, 2012 at 08:37 AM
I was so hoping all those nice big windows would blow out during Sandy.What a waste of our tax dollars!With all that space you would have thought they coulld have at least provided a warming area for us after Sandy.
webby November 15, 2012 at 08:39 AM
I love their plan to have us go to shelters especially the one in Long Branch.That was a great idea to send us closer to the ocean in an area that Sandy hit worse then Howell. I use to love Howell but after 35 yrs I'm hating it!
seventeen November 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
That's right, webby.The Twp. Politicians/Officials would never waste their time coming to you to offer assistance.. unless they are assured that they will be getting your votes. If you noticed.. at times, like this, they will only go to the most densely populated neighborhoods.. especially, Senior Citizen Developments - for 'photo-ops' and VOTES. There's a lot of 'old-timers' here in Howell.. in the woods.. in 'dire straits'.. who "they" (our town officials).. have never,yet.. bothered to check-on!

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