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Sparta Reimbursed 75% For Sandy Damage

Township still waiting for a full estimate from FEMA.

Sparta Township will get reimbursed for 75 percent of the damage costs from Superstorm Sandy, Township Manager David Troast said at Tuesday's council meeting.

The remaining 25 percent will be paid for by the township. He said the exact cost of damage has not yet been determinned because there are still estimates being done.

He said there are several categories of damage assessments, including debris removal, and damge to municipal buildings and cars. He said two well structures in the township were damaged, and several vehicles, inclduing a police car and a firetruck were damaged by the storm.

Troast said the storm brush is still being picked up around the township. He said there is already a stack of debris piled behind the DPW buidling that's about the size of a football field in length and 30 feet high.

The deadline to register to have storm related brush picked up was Nov. 25. 
Township officials ask for the brush to be cut into 6 foot lengths and should not be placed on the roadway. 

Residents can still dispose brush by bringing it to the DPW facility on Prices Lane, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The township website lists all of the completed roads so far, which is updated daily. Troast said that as of last week, about 60 percent of the township had its brush picked up.

"We have made a considerable effort to get things done," he said.

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