Daily Archives: July 14, 2008

>Grenafege and Walsh push for Pallone’s FEMA moratorium

>PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Publication

JULY 14, 2008

POC: Patricia Walsh
Middletown Democrat for Township Committee
(732) 747-0688
E-mail: awalsh386@aol.com

Grenafege and Walsh push for Pallone’s FEMA moratorium

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, N.J.) — Middletown candidates for Township Committee Patricia Walsh and Jim Grenafege said residents would have welcome relief from the imposition of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps with recent legislation introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D- N.J.

“This moratorium is desperately needed by Middletown residents, many of whom face the mandated flood insurance for the first time,” Walsh said. “Time is needed to review the flood maps for their accuracy and give homeowners other forms of relief to deal with the additional financial burden.”

Walsh and Grenafege said Pallone’s legislation would place a temporary hold on the implementation of the flood maps while allowing the community to readdress its flood plain management.

The candidates said it would also provide tax credits and grants for a community and its residents. Walsh said the Community Rating System (CRS) is something Middletown could be taking advantage of in order to decrease flood insurance costs, but isn’t.

“To a great extent, Pallone’s bill is a perfect example of the innovative thinking that the Middletown Township Committee has not provided,” Grenafege said. “Instead, the committee majority takes its typical ‘Shift the Blame to Someone Else’ approach and then do nothing about it except complain.”

Grenafege said, to date, he has not heard anything about Middletown going after grant money or funding.

“The current committee has failed residents by not moving forward with efforts to reduce the cost of flood insurance,” Walsh said. “Recently, the FEMA flood maps were rescinded in Washington, D.C., after the city took action.”

“The Township Committee has relied on resolutions and petitions to address the situation,” Grenafege said. “Instead of taking productive action, the committee passed a bipartisan resolution after several months that didn’t address the issue itself.”

“The petition does nothing more than voice disapproval over the FEMA flood maps. It doesn’t do anything concrete for the homeowners in Middletown,” Grenafege said. “FEMA has recognized this. The committee majority fails to provide ‘thought leadership’ because they prefer to fall in behind and follow a petition approach, which offers no real solutions. At best, the petition offers false hope. I would be looking for more innovative and creative thinking from the Township Committee, along the lines of expanding upon the good work Pallone has already done with his bill.”

Walsh said homeowners are desperate for some type of financial relief. “Pallone’s legislation is a step in that direction,” she concluded.

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Grenafege and Walsh push for Pallone’s FEMA moratorium

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Publication

JULY 14, 2008

POC: Patricia Walsh
Middletown Democrat for Township Committee
(732) 747-0688
E-mail: awalsh386@aol.com

Grenafege and Walsh push for Pallone’s FEMA moratorium

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, N.J.) — Middletown candidates for Township Committee Patricia Walsh and Jim Grenafege said residents would have welcome relief from the imposition of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps with recent legislation introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D- N.J.

“This moratorium is desperately needed by Middletown residents, many of whom face the mandated flood insurance for the first time,” Walsh said. “Time is needed to review the flood maps for their accuracy and give homeowners other forms of relief to deal with the additional financial burden.”

Walsh and Grenafege said Pallone’s legislation would place a temporary hold on the implementation of the flood maps while allowing the community to readdress its flood plain management.

The candidates said it would also provide tax credits and grants for a community and its residents. Walsh said the Community Rating System (CRS) is something Middletown could be taking advantage of in order to decrease flood insurance costs, but isn’t.

“To a great extent, Pallone’s bill is a perfect example of the innovative thinking that the Middletown Township Committee has not provided,” Grenafege said. “Instead, the committee majority takes its typical ‘Shift the Blame to Someone Else’ approach and then do nothing about it except complain.”

Grenafege said, to date, he has not heard anything about Middletown going after grant money or funding.

“The current committee has failed residents by not moving forward with efforts to reduce the cost of flood insurance,” Walsh said. “Recently, the FEMA flood maps were rescinded in Washington, D.C., after the city took action.”

“The Township Committee has relied on resolutions and petitions to address the situation,” Grenafege said. “Instead of taking productive action, the committee passed a bipartisan resolution after several months that didn’t address the issue itself.”

“The petition does nothing more than voice disapproval over the FEMA flood maps. It doesn’t do anything concrete for the homeowners in Middletown,” Grenafege said. “FEMA has recognized this. The committee majority fails to provide ‘thought leadership’ because they prefer to fall in behind and follow a petition approach, which offers no real solutions. At best, the petition offers false hope. I would be looking for more innovative and creative thinking from the Township Committee, along the lines of expanding upon the good work Pallone has already done with his bill.”

Walsh said homeowners are desperate for some type of financial relief. “Pallone’s legislation is a step in that direction,” she concluded.

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Atlantic Highlands considers purchasing a car wash

According to a story in the Asbury Park Press today, Atlantic Highlands is considering spending $1.2 million on the purchase and possible improvements to an abandoned car wash on West Ave.

Township Clerk Dwayne Harris suggested the purchase of the facility at the township’s July 9th meeting. His reasoning for the purchase is because in 2009, washing vehicles in driveways and on the street will be prohibited by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s storm water management regulations and as a result, every vehicle, including municipal ones, will have to go to a car wash to be washed.
Harris thinks that the car wash can be purchased then ran as an utility which would be self sustaining to generate revenue to pay for itself.  Residents would pay $5 per wash while nonresidents could possible be charged $10.
Mayor Fred Rast thought that this was a good idea, so the township will be looking into the idea further.
My personal feelings on this is that government should not get involved in the private sector, it would prohibit local businesses from competing on a level playing field. Also, if this car wash was viable in the first place, why has it sat empty for 3 years?
On the surface this seems like a good idea, but there are many hidden costs to any business and this does not sound like a venture that the town needs to get involved in. Who would manage the car wash? I am sure that an experienced person would have to be in charge of the daily
operations at a decent salary with some kind of benefits package. And who will work there kids? I think not, any car wash that I have been to lately are manned by Latinos who may or may not be illegal immigrants. The township would have to spend addition money to run background checks on the people that are hired.
It seems like a bad idea to me, if the Mayor and Township Clerk are worried about residents not being able wash their cars in their driveways anymore then maybe they should look into providing vouchers to its citizens at another local car wash. Vouchers may keep the overall costs to the township in line with whatever the overall cost of operating a car wash themselves would be, without any of the legal headaches associated with running a business of this type.   
Click on the headline to read the APP story
 

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Atlantic Highlands considers purchasing a car wash

According to a story in the Asbury Park Press today, Atlantic Highlands is considering spending $1.2 million on the purchase and possible improvements to an abandoned car wash on West Ave.

Township Clerk Dwayne Harris suggested the purchase of the facility at the township’s July 9th meeting. His reasoning for the purchase is because in 2009, washing vehicles in driveways and on the street will be prohibited by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s storm water management regulations and as a result, every vehicle, including municipal ones, will have to go to a car wash to be washed.
Harris thinks that the car wash can be purchased then ran as an utility which would be self sustaining to generate revenue to pay for itself.  Residents would pay $5 per wash while nonresidents could possible be charged $10.
Mayor Fred Rast thought that this was a good idea, so the township will be looking into the idea further.
My personal feelings on this is that government should not get involved in the private sector, it would prohibit local businesses from competing on a level playing field. Also, if this car wash was viable in the first place, why has it sat empty for 3 years?
On the surface this seems like a good idea, but there are many hidden costs to any business and this does not sound like a venture that the town needs to get involved in. Who would manage the car wash? I am sure that an experienced person would have to be in charge of the daily
operations at a decent salary with some kind of benefits package. And who will work there kids? I think not, any car wash that I have been to lately are manned by Latinos who may or may not be illegal immigrants. The township would have to spend addition money to run background checks on the people that are hired.
It seems like a bad idea to me, if the Mayor and Township Clerk are worried about residents not being able wash their cars in their driveways anymore then maybe they should look into providing vouchers to its citizens at another local car wash. Vouchers may keep the overall costs to the township in line with whatever the overall cost of operating a car wash themselves would be, without any of the legal headaches associated with running a business of this type.   
Click on the headline to read the APP story
 

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>Anheuser-Busch Agrees to Be Sold for $52 Billion

>The NY Times is reporting this morning that Anheuser-Busch has agreed to sell itself to the Belgian brewer InBev for about $52 billion, the two companies confirmed Monday in a joint release, putting control of the nation’s largest beer maker and a fixture of American culture into a European rival’s hands.

To me this is sad news, as I have mentioned before I a former employee of AB and feel that it is a same that an American icon such as Budweiser will no longer be an American company. We will have to wait and see if they will even be able to keep their name or just be absorbed into the InBev brand.

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Anheuser-Busch Agrees to Be Sold for $52 Billion

The NY Times is reporting this morning that Anheuser-Busch has agreed to sell itself to the Belgian brewer InBev for about $52 billion, the two companies confirmed Monday in a joint release, putting control of the nation’s largest beer maker and a fixture of American culture into a European rival’s hands.

To me this is sad news, as I have mentioned before I a former employee of AB and feel that it is a same that an American icon such as Budweiser will no longer be an American company. We will have to wait and see if they will even be able to keep their name or just be absorbed into the InBev brand.

Click on the headline to read the story in the NY Times

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MiddletownMike "Affordable housing is a necessity for working families"


Be sure to take a look at the Courier online today for my column on affordable housing.  I question who needs and qualifies for affordable housing, while giving a little bit of personal background information.

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MiddletownMike "Affordable housing is a necessity for working families"


Be sure to take a look at the Courier online today for my column on affordable housing.  I question who needs and qualifies for affordable housing, while giving a little bit of personal background information.

Click the headline to read the MiddletownMike column in the Courier.

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APP to Middletown"Don’t blur responsibilities"


In today’s editorial section of the Asbury Park Press, the paper questions the motives behind Mayor Scharfenberger’s call for landlords to verify the immigration status of the people that they rent to.   

The APP comes to the same conclusion that most of us do, that this is a bad idea which leaves the township open for unnecessary litigation in light of the fact that similar ordinances as the one proposed by Scharfenberger, have been struck down by the courts in other jurisdictions.
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APP to Middletown"Don’t blur responsibilities"


In today’s editorial section of the Asbury Park Press, the paper questions the motives behind Mayor Scharfenberger’s call for landlords to verify the immigration status of the people that they rent to.   

The APP comes to the same conclusion that most of us do, that this is a bad idea which leaves the township open for unnecessary litigation in light of the fact that similar ordinances as the one proposed by Scharfenberger, have been struck down by the courts in other jurisdictions.
Click on the headline to read the editorial

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