Atlantic County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Project 2021

Galloway Township is participating in the Atlantic County’s 2nd update of its Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan
 
See the Atlantic County website for more information.
https://www.atlantic-county.org/hazard-mitigation/
 
Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (the actions that a community takes to repair damages), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation – sustained actions taken to reduce long-term risk to life and property. They are things we do today to be more protected in the future. For example, elevating or acquiring buildings in flood hazard areas, relocating critical facilities out of hazard areas, using fire-resistant construction materials in wildfire hazard areas, etc. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, they can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

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.

For questions or other feedback, or to find out how you can become involved, please contact your community’s local elected official or Emergency Management Coordinator at 609-652-3700 ext. 206 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Township Council Meetings to Resume in Person

PUBLIC NOTICE
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP
 
SCHEDULE OF IN-PERSON COUNCIL MEETINGS
 
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Galloway has decided starting June 15th that all council meetings will now be in-person. The second and fourth Tuesday of each month usually are designated as the time for regular Council Meetings for the year 2021 and said meetings shall be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 300 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205 and convene at 6:30PM prevailing time unless otherwise noted. The months of June, July and August only one council meeting is scheduled.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Galloway that Executive Sessions may be held immediately following every Regular Meeting.
 
*June 15th, 2021 – 3rd Tuesday
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
*3rd Tuesday
**Beginning at 5:00 pm
 
 
Kelli Danieli, RMC
Township Clerk
Galloway Township

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

Following closure for COVID19 and the completion of a construction project, Imagination Station is again open to the public as of July 20, 2020.

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.

Stay well,

Galloway Township Council

 Jim Gorman     Mary Crawford       Rich Clute       Tony Coppola 

Tony DiPietro     Robert Maldonado      Frank Santo

Letter of Support

July 1, 2020

Chief Higbee,

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.

Stay safe!

Mayor Jim Gorman & Council