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Township Still Tallying Storm Cleanup Costs

One last contract to be awarded for mulching brush pile, officials say

While other municipalities have already been awarded disaster relief money to help offset the costs of Hurricane Sandy cleanup, Wall is still tallying its costs, officials said.

Last in line is the awarding of a contract to turn the pile of brush that stands near the Camp Evans parking lot on Monmouth Boulevard — the remnants of the 14,000 pounds of vegetation cleared from the town — into mulch, township administrator Jeffry Bertrand said.

Once that contract is awarded, the township will put in its bills to FEMA for reimbursement. Bertrand said the work would be put out to bid soon. He was not more specific.

Previous estimates for reimbursement ran in the $1 million range, Bertrand has said.

The township paid an outside contractor from North Jersey — T. Farese Direct, of Newark — $1,400 a day to help clear the brush and downed trees from township roads. The township will also submit bills for the overtime for police and other emergency workers.

Township officials have been working with FEMA through the process of applying for and receiving aid, Bertrand said.

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