Atlantic County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Project 2021
A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks. This project list is known as a “mitigation strategy.” While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of mitigation strategies identified in the plan will gradually, but steadily, make our communities more sustainable and disaster-resilient.
The Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Atlantic County was prepared between 2008 and 2010 to meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000), which requires all states and local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. FEMA grant monies were received to cover the costs of the plan’s development. Atlantic County used a ‘multi-jurisdictional’ approach, inviting all of the municipalities within the County to participate in the plan. At that time, 19 of the County’s 23 jurisdictions opted to participate. This opened the door for the County and each of its 19 participating jurisdictions to apply to FEMA for hazard mitigation project funding, including monies which became available under recent Federal disaster declarations for Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Plan participants have been working since the plan was initially approved by FEMA in 2010 to complete the projects that were listed in their mitigation strategies. The four communities that did not participate in the 2010 plan prepared a separate plan on their own in 2013; they have been invited to participate with the rest of the county in the overall multi-jurisdictional plan update. The County did their first update to their plan in 2016.
Hazard mitigation plans must be: (a) implemented on an ongoing basis, and (b) updated every five years to ensure that they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies. Atlantic County and its jurisdictions initiated the first formal plan update this summer; the process is ongoing. The updated plan is expected to be reapproved by FEMA and adopted by participating communities in 2021. The County has once again obtained FEMA grant funding to cover the cost of the plan update, and has opted to continue its ‘multi-jurisdictional’ approach. The County looks forward to all 23 of its municipalities participating. Each participating jurisdiction is attending meetings, providing feedback in a series of topic areas, reaching out to the public and other key stakeholders in the community, and developing an updated mitigation strategy. Successful participation in the plan update process is required to maintain eligibility to apply for mitigation project grants.
Township Council Meetings to Resume in Person
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Galloway that Executive Sessions may be held immediately following every Regular Meeting.
July 13th, 2021
August 10th, 2021
September 14th, 2021
September 28th, 2021
October 12th, 2021
October 26th, 2021
November 9th, 2021
November 23rd, 2021
December 14th, 2021
**December 28th, 2021 – Start time is 5:00 PM
**Beginning at 5:00 pm
3rd Quarter Tax Bills
Why am I getting an estimated 3rd Quarter tax bill?
Due to COVID-19, the State has recommended that all municipalities send out estimated 3rd Quarter tax bills because the State’s budgetary process will be delayed until late September.
Why is my estimated 3rd Quarter tax bill higher?
There is uncertainty with regard to State aid and the estimated 3rd Quarter bill allows us to collect any unforeseen increases over two quarters rather than one. If the increase is not needed, tax payers will see a reduction in the 4th Quarter bills. It is only an estimate and not a final bill.
IMAGINATION STATION REOPENED
A Message from the Mayor & Council
June 5, 2020
Dear Galloway Residents,
We stand together. We stand together to support the right for peaceful, inclusive, powerful protests. We stand together as a community against racism, against police brutality, against violence and destruction. We stand together to support our medical personnel, our police, firefighters and EMTs, our essential workers. We stand together to support our local businesses, and we stand with all of the residents of Galloway Township. We will do everything we can to help our Township come through these difficult times and come out stronger on the other side.
Galloway Township Council
Jim Gorman Mary Crawford Rich Clute Tony Coppola
Tony DiPietro Robert Maldonado Frank Santo
Letter of Support
July 1, 2020
Please let your department know that this Council stands with our police force and has our full support. The last few months have been challenging for all – your officers have risen to that challenge and showed what a professional, responsive and respectful department that we have here in Galloway. Please know that we appreciate all that has been done.
Thank you and stay safe.
Mayor and Council
A Message from the Mayor & Council
April 27, 2020
Dear Galloway Residents:
Challenging. Unprecedented. Extraordinary. These are just a few of the words used to describe these times we are now in. We would like to take this moment to acknowledge and express our gratitude to some folks who are stepping up in our community:
All those working in the medical facilities from doctors and nurses to cleaning crews and food service workers
¨ Our first responders – what can we say – they are the best!
¨ Our Township employees, many working staggered shifts and hours to continue to provide services to our residents
¨ Our essential businesses and their workers for keeping us provided with the goods and services we need
¨ The neighbors, friends, and volunteers who are checking in on those who may need assistance – you are what makes Galloway strong!
¨ The teachers and the parent-teachers who are doing everything they can to keep their students on track
Here are some updates from Council:
The 2020 Budget was passed with a slight decrease in our Municipal tax rate
¨ A resolution was passed to allow for a prohibition of new transient rentals in hotels and motels in our Township with exceptions as provided by the State
¨ Our next Council meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, April 28th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be broadcast on Channel 97 and streamed live from our Township website. The public will be able to participate by phone and those instructions will be posted on the Township website, Facebook page and on Channel 97.
¨ REMINDER – be sure to complete your 2020 Census! This will impact aid, grants, representation and more for the next decade so be sure to be counted.
We thank our residents for following the social distancing guidelines. The more we stay apart from each other now – the sooner we can all be together safely.
Mayor Jim Gorman & Council