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Reminder: Storm Recovery Meeting Tonight in Little Silver

Borough officials would like to get questions from residents to ask at town hall meeting featuring representatives from FEMA, SBA and the borough tax assessor.

Adding insult to the injury of trying to recover following a natural disaster is having to quickly become an expert in storm damage remediation.

Should you raise your house? Who's a reputable mold remediator? And just who is paying for all of this?

Tonight, Little Silver will host a town hall-style meeting to try to get answers to the many questions facing residents whose homes were damaged during the storm. The meeting starts at 8 p.m. and will be held in the Markham Place School cafetorium.

On hand at the Dec. 11 meeting will be representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and the borough's tax assessor.

Prior to the meeting, borough officials would like to hear from residents what questions they would like to ask those representatives as they attempt to rebuild after Sandy.

Please include all of your questions in the comments section below and they will be addressed at the meeting.

David E December 06, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I have an 'estimate' from the NFIP adjuster (Scott Peterson from Mason Claims Services), claiming the repair damage is $50,000, recoverable depreciation puts it at $75,000. The house on South Winding Way took on 2 foot of storm surge throughout. Preliminary estimates from builders who have seen the house are $160k, and that is 'tight'. Clearly this Adjuster is drastically lowballing. Things like depreciating a 2 yr old water heater to zero? And the lack of professionalism from this Adjuster. Not even licensed in NJ, not sure he is required to be. How do we go about countering this estimate? What is the process?
Ryan December 07, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Call the Sipe's at Community Claims Associates, Inc.Great people.
Dentss Dunnagun December 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Homes in the new flood zone that should be raised but homeowners can't afford the high cost should see a serious downward adjustment in property taxes ...no?
Mary December 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
How and when will we know if we are required to raise our homes and if so, who will be providing financial assistance/grant for such work.If it is not mandatory but recommended is funding still available? What time period are we looking at and what amount is allocated. This is a huge concern in regard to the future values and re-sale market to both the homeowners and the desirability of the town. Also, for the tax assessor, as we just had someone at our homes from the county prior to the storm, and now many of these homes are gutted with the change in it's current value and the uncertainty on what type of rebuild will be completed, is there consideration in our current taxes and will these properties be re-evaluated once rebuild is complete?
Dentss Dunnagun December 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Just by flooding alone ,makes your home in a flood zone which lowers your homes value .your elevation should be taken into account in all assessments .Waterfront will have considerable lower valuations for years to come

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