The Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association
(OBVTA) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the Township of Toms River, NJ section known as Ortley Beach, NJ.
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Please notice meeting date, time and location changes:
Next meeting is on 4/19/14 at 9:30 AM (Coffee & donuts @ 9:00 AM).
Check the Meetings Page for an updated Treasurer's Report, Agenda and information about the next meeting. Please note the new meeting location.
The Moose Club on Bay Blvd
Ortley Beach, NJ
Santa's Rooftop Response is supporting Christmas on the island this year. See the Community News page for more information.
Check out the latest NEWS ARTICLES AND STORIES about Ortley Beach, one year after Hurricane Sandy.
HURRICANE SANDY INFORMATION:
Toms River has added a section to its website devoted to news about Ortley Beach. To access this area go to www.tomsrivertownship.com and click on Ortley Sandy Information.
Link for information on State of New Jersey SHRAP (Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program) http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/shrap/
Link for information on Sandy Relief for assistance with repairing, rebuilding or building modular for primary residents who have homes that were damaged by Sandy. http://www.advopps.org/sandy-relief-modular-ramp-program-announced
Stop FEMA Now
The grassroots organization called "Stop FEMA Now" has recently formed and is providing useful information regarding the proposed FEMA maps and the rebuilding process. Please check out their webpage and join them on Facebook or Twitter.
Volunteer Help For Ortley Residents
If you need help with funding, supplies or cleanup, please contact the following organizations.
Click on the links below to view the information about that topic. As new information becomes available, it will be added. As information becomes obsolete, it will be removed.
Members of OBVTA have been asking for information and the correct processes to have utilities re-established at your Ortley Beach residence. Below are links to the best and most up to date websites that provide that information. We have posted only minimal information here because much of the information changes daily. Please refer to the websites frequently.
The first and best source of information is the Toms River website: www.TomsRiverTownship.com
There is a portion of the Toms River website dedicated to Ortley Beach: http://tomsrivertownship.com/index.php/Ortley-Sandy-Information/
The utility companies have made significant progress on restoring all four utilities to Ortley Beach.
The link below will show a map that shows where utilities are not yet restored because the infrastructure is not ready.
If after reviewing this you believe you should have utilities, but do not, then you are urged to call your utility company directly.
Please remember that while the utility services may be available, residents should make sure that they have had the correct inspections before their services are restored. For example some customers have requested to have electricity restored but JCP&L has found the meter box to be so corroded that it is not safe to do so. JCP&L will not restore power if their personnel believe it is not safe. Homeowners are advised to contact the utility company directly if they have specific questions about re-connections.
We understand the hardships experienced by customers whose homes and belongings were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the hard-hit barrier islands. JCP&L remains committed to working with federal, state and local agencies in a coordinated effort to rebuild and restore service to those areas.
Once customers complete storm-related repairs to their homes, they will need to have their service reconnected. JCP&L fees associated with electrical reconnections have been waived for customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter.
Following are some tips and information to ensure the reconnection process is safe and trouble-free:
- Hidden electrical hazards that can cause fires often exist after flooding. Qualified, licensed electricians must assess house wiring and related electrical equipment for damage and complete repairs before service can be restored.
- A qualified electrician should discard electrical devices such as circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches that have been submerged.
- If you have a functioning electrical service entrance, including the meter – JCP&L will complete the service reconnection.
- If your meter has been removed due to flooding or other damage, JCP&L will install a new meter after the service has been repaired by a qualified electrician and inspected by a state or municipal inspector. After notifying the company, please allow 2 - 3 days for the meter to be reset.
- If you have a meter and your power has not been restored you may need to reset your breakers. Please check to make sure you have turned your breakers on.
- If you have checked the breakers and remain without electric service, please contact us at 800-984-9485 to speak with a representative who can expedite your request. Please say "outage" when you reach the customer service main menu and then say "representative" at the outage menu.
- If your home damage was so extensive that you must rebuild, please contact us when you are ready to receive service so we can arrange temporary power for construction or full reconnection and waive the related fees.
Once power has been reconnected, follow these important, everyday electrical safety tips:
- Do not turn on damaged electrical appliances. Electrical parts can pose an electric shock hazard or overheat and cause a fire.
- Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface.
- Use portable ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protective devices to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries.
- Do not allow power cord connections to become wet. Do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.
WEBSITES FOR MORE INFO:
Use this website for the most up to date information from JCP&L: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/outages_help/Sandy/barrier_island.html
Use this website for the most up to date information from New Jersey natural Gas: http://www.njng.com/safety/hurricane-sandy-updates/index.asp
Use this website for the most up to date information from NJ American Water: http://www.amwater.com/alerts/alert19567.html
Use this website for the most up to date information on sewer service from TRMUA: http://www.tomsrivermua.org/home.html
In addition, TRMUA has said that they will provide credit for the months of November and December and that residents will not be charged for service until a CO or temporary CO is issued. If TCO or CO is not needed, the service charges will start again once a home is able to be occupied. HOWEVER, you must notify TRMUA when you return to your home so that billing can begin.
If you have questions about your sewer service please email Bernard Rutkowski, Regulatory Compliance and Safety Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 732-240-3500 ext 133.
If you have further questions on this matter you may contact a volunteer member of OBVTA at the email address below:
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Many of you have been sending us emails with concerns that OBVTA can not help with. Here is Mayor Kelaher's email address (TKelaher@tomsrivertownship.com) if you would like him to hear your concerns.
We are in touch on a regular basis with the Township officials and Chief Mastronardy.
Any information they provide we will be posting on our our website "www.ortleybeach.org" as soon as we receive it. Also, the Toms River Township have been updating their website at www.tomsrivertownship.com with important information. We will continue to update our website instead of sending email updates so please check frequently and share this info with your Ortley Beach friends and neighbors.
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Stop FEMA Now:
A new grassroots organization called "Stop FEMA Now" has recently formed and is providing useful information regarding the proposed FEMA maps and the rebuilding process. Please check out their webpage and join them on Facebook or Twitter.
StopFEMANow is a group of concerned citizens, who have not only been effected by Super Storm Sandy, but who have been impacted on varying levels by the implications of the new FEMA flood maps. The decision to adopt these maps is premature and requires additional consideration. We want to, quite simply, Stop FEMA Now!
Our goal is to create community awareness as the adoption of these maps will heavily impact many communities across this country. These maps will tear many from their homes, force many to make harsh decisions about their futures with no real place to turn and ultimately change our lives. The financial implications alone are frightening!
We are faced with many unanswered questions and very little direction. StopFEMANow intends to provide a fact based argument as to how and why we can rebuild stronger and more resilient with a more “realistic” approach. Together we will prevail!
If you’re interested in joining our movement please share these links, spread the word, and visit us:
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FLOOD ELEVATION INFORMATION
Please click on the link below for facts on flood elevation.
FAQ Flood Elevation Information
The Toms River Township website at www.tomsrivertownship.com is being updated constantly with important information. We are asking members to check the Toms River website often. Rather than reiterate the same information on the OBVTA website (www.ortleybeach.org) we will be using the OBVTA website for any additional information that is not already posted on the Toms River website.
There are a few important updates currently posted on the Toms River website summarized below. Please check the Toms River website for complete details.
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Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Centers
Disaster Loan Outreach Center Locations:
Brick Township Civic Center in Brick
SBA representatives at the DLOCs will provide homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations with face-to-face service in answering questions about SBA's low-interest disaster loan programs, completing loan applications, checking the status of applications and closing on SBA loans.
The SBA outreach centers will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
For more information, visit The Toms River web site.
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Why Join Us?
OBVTA tries to represent all the residents of Ortley Beach with the goal to improve the quality of life in the township.
For details on some of our upcoming events check out the Community News page. Coming up are:
To join, please print and fill out our Membership
- Membership gives you a voice in the decisions OBVTA makes regarding Ortley Beach.
- Membership gives you an opportunity to join one of our committees.
- Membership helps to give you closer participation in local events.
The list of General Membership Meeting Dates for 2014 are now posted on our Meetings page.
For more information and minutes of past meetings,
visit our Meetings page.
We look forward to seeing you at the next General Membership meeting on April 19th, at 9:30 AM with coffee and donuts at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the:
The Moose Club on Bay Blvd
Ortley Beach, NJ
The Bylaws of OBVTA define how the organization works in reference to our purpose,
our Board of Directors, officers, membership information, and a description of how our meetings and committees are organized.
For detailed information refer to our Bylaws Document.
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