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Small Town Sandy Recovery

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Bayhead, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

It seems the same red tape that shore residents are trying to get through to get their houses rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy is the same problem that Bayhead Township and its police department are struggling with.

Mayor Bill Curtis told Meg that FEMA money is needed to knock down the old borough hall and rebuild the police headquarters.

“Hopefully we’ll get reimbursed by FEMA for this and that’s not an easy process,” Curtis says.

He adds that the money is way too slow in coming to the local government.

A tour of the old borough hall that was washed out by Sandy shows the damage.  The only thing that was recovered there were the records which had to be freeze dried.  The township had to pay $60,000 just to do that.

The police department is a whole other story.  After Sandy the force was  relocated to the neighboring town of Point Pleasant.  The police department is having to rent a building for $2,500 a month.

Lieutenant Geoff Barger says, “It definately doesn't look anything like a police station. We’re kind of lost over here."

The buiding looks more like a real estate agency than a police headquarters.

"We have nowhere to put prisoners.  We have no where to do breath tests," Barger says.  "We have just enough room for basic administrative functions.”

The space does not include an evidence room.

Chasing New Jersey reports that $6 billion in FEMA aid has already been distributed in the state.

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