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West Caldwell Adding Up Cost of Sandy

Storm expenses will be paid for by emergency appropriation. Township will be reimbursed by FEMA.

The West Caldwell Council will vote later this month for an emergency appropriation to cover expenses incurred from Superstorm Sandy.

Overtime pay for borough employees, the cost of grinding debris and other expenses from the Oct. 29 storm will be covered by the appropriation, according to Councilman Stan Hladik, chair of the Finance Committee.

Hladik said Tuesday the funds will ultimately be reimbursed by the federal government through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The exact amount needed remains to be calculated by town employees.

As of this week, debris from the storm placed curbside by residents has been picked up by the town, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent Vincent Graziosa.

Graziosa said a tree company will be hired to remove larger trees, such as the six pines that toppled over at the Westville Pool onto residents' properties. Those trees will be moved using a crane and cut in the pool lot.

Also discussed were the uprooted trees that lifted sidewalks around town. Those sidewalks will be repaired by the town and the cost will be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA.

The West Caldwell Council meets next on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the special time of 6:30 p.m. 

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