Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Towns purchased homes in flood-prone areas would be exempt from county and school taxes for the following tax year. Assemblyman Scott Rumana is co-sponsoring the legislation.
Bipartisan legislation that would exempt flood-prone properties acquired by municipalities from county and school taxes was approved by the state Assembly earlier this week. The legislation would exempt from county and school taxes for the following tax year. Currently, if a municipality acquires a flood-prone property after Oct. 1 it must pay county and school taxes owed on the property for all of the remainder of the following tax year. Wayne is in the process of purchasing dozens of homes in areas that flood regularly. Once acquired, the homes are knocked down and the properties left to nature. Assemblyman Scott Rumana (District 40) is one of the legislation’s sponsors. “This legislation will encourage towns that chronically deal with …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Here are some of the stories we're working on this week at Wayne Patch.
Here is a sample of what you may find on Wayne Patch this week. Dozens of properties in what is perhaps the worst hit area of town with regards to flooding have been bought out using state and federal money. A home in the low-lying section of town was recently burglarized. We’ll let you know how the neighborhood looks and how it has changed since the buyouts began. The store would be located where the former Friendly’s restaurant was located. The board of adjustment last year denied an application to construct a Walgreen’s at the same location. That store was to have an LCD screen that displayed store sales and other information. Board meetings have been abuzz of activity lately. A new district athletic director was hired and the Wayne …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Funds will be used to purchase 70 homes along Passaic and Pompton Rivers.
Wayne will receive an additional $18.5 million to purchase 70 homes in the worst hit flood areas in town. The homes are located in the Passaic River and Pompton River floodways. The funds are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Severe Repetitive Loss Program. Properties are included in the program based on how much damange their properties have incurred in recent flood events. Homeowners are given fair market value for their property. The township received $6.3 million last year from the program to buy out 56 homes in the Hoffman Grove section of Wayne. The money was part of a $28 million grant to municipalities to buy out homes in the Passaic River Flood Basin. The township has already purchased and …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Homes could be the latest ones to meet the chopping block. The township has already purchased and demolished 70 homes in Hoffman Grove to date. The area is one of the most flood-prone areas in Wayne.
The town council will vote Wednesday on whether or not to award a contract to demolish two dozen homes in the Hoffman Grove section of town. If the council approves the $174,000 contract between the township and Grinnell Recycling Inc. 24 homes in one of the worse flood-prone areas in the township will be demolished. Each home will be demolished at a cost of no more than $7,200; an additional $800 will be spent on the abatement of asbestos at one of the properties. Debris from each site will be removed. The township has already purchased and demolished more than 70 homes in Hoffman Grove in two rounds of acquisitions. It cost approximately $450,000 to demolish those homes. Residents participating in the program are given fair market value …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Houses in the flood zone get boarded up, ready to be demolished, as the land returns to natural state.