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Temporary Employees to be Hired for Sandy Relief

They will be paid for by the county.

Bridgewater is receiving about four or five temporary employees as part of a countywide program to provide jobs while assisting in clean-up following Superstorm Sandy.

The agreement was approved at a special township council meeting Friday, in which a resolution was voted on to enter into a Greater Raritan One Stop Career Training Services Center Hurricane Sandy National Emergency Grant Worksite Contract between Somerset County and Bridgewater Township.

Basically, the program will allow for residents—hired and paid for by the county—to do work related to Superstorm Sandy in Bridgewater for a temporary amount of time. It will be at no cost to the township.

At this point, the plan is for one employee to work inside the municipal building to assist with FEMA applications, while the remaining employees will assist with township debris clean-up efforts.

“This grant will provide jobs to local residents seeking employment, while assisting Bridgewater in the clean-up efforts from Hurricane Sandy,” said councilman Matthew Moench. “And the program does this at no cost to Bridgewater taxpayers.”

The temporary employees will assist on work such as clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation of destroyed public structures, reconstruction of those same structures and humanitarian projects for victims of the storm in the community.

It will also allow those employees to work on homes of economically disadvantaged individuals for areas eligible for the federally funded Weatherization program.

“I commend our freeholders for making this service available,” Moench said. “It will provide an immediate and meaningful impact on Bridgewater Township and our quality of life, and provide income to those individuals hurt by the economy who seek employment but cannot find it, and do so in a financially responsible way without costing the taxpayers a dollar.”

Robert Young January 15, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Why not make the County Residents that can and are on Welfare go and do some work instead of me and others supporting them as they sit home.
Robert Young January 17, 2013 at 01:31 PM
If there are any seniors living in Bridgewater that is need of clean up I can help you for a few hours. Just call the patch and they will get in contact with me. Robert Young
Barry January 31, 2013 at 07:06 AM
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Barry January 31, 2013 at 07:25 AM
This was part of the Federal Money to help with the clean up. I believe that it was stipulated that those hired, were to be un-employed. What the article doesn't tell you, is that only 1 person was hired and that one person did administrative or paper work. It is my understanding that 3 of the Council folks, voted against the help to begin with as they wanted some of the provisions in the contract to be changed. Several other townships jumped on board from the get go and it saved their tax payers a lot of money with the clean up efforts. In some cases, some towns saved tens of thousands of dollars with the additional help, compliments of the County. I'm laughing at Moenches comment that ends the article because he was one of the Council people who rejected the original contract to begin with. Because of the rejection, the Township lost valuable time with help. We can count the days/weeks between the date the original agreement was put before the Council and the meeting that the agreement was passed. I'm thinking that we lost weeks. Anyway, Matt Moench, Howard Norgalis and Filipe Pedrosa, wanted the County to amend the agreement. The County did not amend the agreement. By the time the Council finally relented and said okay, only 1 County person was left. While other townships saved tens of thousands of dollars, Bridgewater got the shaft. Councilman Moench, Councilman Norgalis, and Coucilman Pedrosa - thank you for looking out for us. We enjoy voting for inept officials.
Robert Young January 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM
My name is Robert Young and lived in Bridgewater for 43 years. I have total interest in politics and thinking about running for Councilman. Who would like to speak with me and help me run. I am for the young and Senior citizens of this township.Write me on email Ortiz.david83@yahoo.com. Thank You and hope to hear from all.
Robert Young January 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Maybe my Welfare idea was good or why not go to the unemployment office and get a day by day worker to help in the clean-up. I was on Crim yesterday and many are in need of help with clean-up.

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