TOWNSHIP EXTENDS GRACE PERIOD FOR PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

While quarterly property taxes are due May 1, Mayor Ducey and the Township Council have extended the grace period to pay taxes without interest or penalty until May 31. The Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the extension on Tuesday evening to provide relief to taxpayers and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone is experiencing some level of hardship due to the ongoing public health crisis,” said Mayor Ducey. “While we do not have the authority to delay the property tax due date, we do have say over the interest rate on late payments. Waiving that interest for 30 days is one way we can help people struggling during this time.”

The zero percent interest rate effectively provides a 30-day grace period to property owners.

While the Township is only responsible for roughly 30% of the total property tax bill, it is responsible for collecting 100% of property tax payments. The Township then forwards the funds collected to the Brick Township Public Schools, the County of Ocean and local fire districts.

“We are a pass through for most of the property taxes we collect,” said Mayor Ducey. “We send most of what is collected to the schools and county so they can meet their bills.”

The due date for property tax payments is May 1. For Brick Township taxpayers, payment must be received by May 31 to avoid interest on delinquent payments. On June 1, the interest reverts to statutory interest rates retroactive to the due date of May 1 as required by law.

During the pandemic, property taxes can be paid by mail or online by credit card. Tax payments may be made with check, cash, money order and by credit card through Paymentus Corporation (Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card). Be advised Paymentus charges a convenience fee of 2.5% for Credit and debit. Payments made through Paymentus are not received until the next business day and interest may be charged accordingly. Paymentus also allows Echeck payments and charges a $1 convenience fee. Taxes may also be paid via a dropbox at the municipal building.

Property owners may fill out a short form and provide a voided check at the tax office which will allow the Township to make a direct withdrawal (at no additional cost to the property owner or the township) from the taxpayer’s checking account or savings account. ACH payment may be cancelled by the property owner in writing at any time prior to the quarterly tax due date. ACH payments will come out of your account during the ten day grace period.

TOWNSHIP PARKS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; SHORT TERM RENTALS PROHIBITED

In light of the continuing spread of Coronavirus in Brick Township and Ocean County and at the urging of Mayor John G. Ducey, Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio is amending his Proclamation of Local Disaster Emergency from March 20, 2020 to include the complete closure of all Brick Township parks and beaches and prohibiting all short-term rentals within the township until further notice.

All parks and beaches within the township are closed effective immediately. “We are currently in a major public health crisis. While we originally intended to leave parks open to give residents the opportunity to get fresh air, it became evident that people were not observing the necessary social distancing guidelines,” said Chief Riccio. “Effective immediately, all of our parks are closed and will be monitored. Any person seen entering our parks will be made to leave. This is being done to protect our citizens, our officers and our community.”

The first case of Coronavirus in Ocean County was reported on March 13. As of March 29, there were 835. The first case in Brick Township was reported on March 19; there were 81 positive cases as of March 29.

“The rapid growth of the virus in Ocean County is beyond concerning,” said Mayor Ducey. “It is only going to get worse if people do not take this seriously. The proof is in the numbers. If we want the spread of this disease, every one of us has to do our part and stay home as much as we can.”

The proclamation also prohibits all short-term rentals within the township until further notice. A short-term rental is any home/residential dwelling that is available to rent for 30 days or less. No rental periods will be permitted to begin until these restrictions are lifted.

Mayor Ducey says the measures that he and Chief Riccio have put in place are necessary. “One of the most important things right now is making sure people do not gather in public places and spread the virus. Closing our parks and beaches is a necessary step as people have been gathering at them.”

Mayor Ducey urges residents to continue social distancing and staying at home unless absolutely necessary to leave the house. He also reminds residents to follow these guidelines:

  • No social gatherings
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Do not touch your face
  • If you have to sneeze, use a tissue or sneeze into your sleeve/elbow
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
  • If you have to go out, go alone if possible
  • Stay 6 feet away from others when out

Mayor Ducey also reminds people that in his Executive Order, Governor Murphy requests that all residents stay in their primary homes and not visit their secondary/vacation homes. Doing so could endanger residents by placing extra demands on our emergency responders and health care facilities.

“This is a difficult time for everyone and by all indications, we still have several weeks ahead of us at a minimum,” said Mayor Ducey. “The more people follow these guidelines and stay home, the better chance we have at reducing the time frame for this crisis.”

 

MARCH 24 COUNCIL MEETING ON AS SCHEDULED; CITIZENS CAN PARTICIPATE REMOTELY

The Township Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm will be held at its normal time. Town Hall remains closed to the public, however, the Township will be using WebEx to allow citizens to participate in the meeting via telephone.

Any person wishing to participate in the meeting remotely can call 214-459-3653 to listen and participate in the meeting. The passcode for the Council meeting is 712853416#.

CHIEF OF POLICE ISSUES PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL DISASTER EMERGENCY

Brick Township Chief of Police and Emergency Management Coordinator James Riccio has issued the following Proclamation of Local Disaster Emergency

BRICK TOWNSHIP COTVID-19 LOCAL DECLARATION

ALL MUNICIPAL OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Attention residents:

Effective immediately, all Brick Township Municipal Offices and Buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Offices will remain open and staff members are available by phone and email. Township staff will accommodate any need that requires direct interaction and is time sensitive. Public Works services, i.e., sanitation and recycling collection, will continue as normal.

If you need Police non-emergency assistance, please call 732-262-1151.

  • If you need to reach an office in the Municipal Building, please call 732-262-1000. 
  • The Public Works Department can be reached at 732-451-4060. 
  • The Clerk’s Office can be reached at 732-262-1001.
  • The Building Department can be reached at 732-262-1030.
  • The Recreation Department can be reached at 732-262-1044. 
  • Senior Outreach Services can be reached at 732-920-8686.

Many services can be done online. Please visit the Brick Township Website at www.bricktownship.net for those services.

This precaution is being done to protect the citizens of Brick Township and the municipal staff. 

In the meantime, Mayor Ducey is urging all citizens to shelter at home and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary. Practice social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of this virus. The CDC recommends a six-foot buffer in all social settings.

We all have an obligation to our neighbors and loved ones to take responsible steps towards fighting and slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

The safety precautions we use in the coming weeks will be immeasurable in maintaining good health and protecting those most vulnerable in our families and community.

SENIOR SERVICES ACTIVITIES CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Mayor John G. Ducey is taking the precautionary action of cancelling all scheduled activities at the Brick Township Senior Outreach Services Center until further notice. The cancellations take effect at the end of regular business on Friday, March 13.

The Brick Office of Senior Outreach Services will remain open for regular hours and will provide services by appointment only. Regular services such as telephone outreach and welfare checks will continue as normal.

The Brick Township Senior Shuttle will continue to operate and provide transportation for seniors to grocery stores and pharmacies. Senior Shuttle transportation to recreational destinations is cancelled until further notice. Transportation to medical visits will continue to be offered by Senior Services.

In addition, the nutrition site at the Senior Center operated by Community Services, Inc. will be closed from March 16 through March 27. CSI will continue to deliver meals through their Meals on Wheels program.

The Township will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 crisis and will provide more information as it becomes available. For more information, please call the Brick Township Office of Senior Services at 732-920-8686.

 

SENIOR SERVICES ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION POSTPONED

As a precautionary measure, Mayor John G. Ducey is announcing that the annual Brick Senior Outreach Services Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 is being postponed until a later date.

 “As older Americans are among the most at-risk during the current coronavirus outbreak, we have decided the best course of action would be to postpone the annual St. Patrick’s Celebration until the risk has passed,” said Mayor Ducey.

 The new date and time for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be announced in the future. Any resident who has registered for the event will be notified of the cancellation and the new date when it is established.

 “The safety of the public is our number one priority and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation during this time,” said Mayor Ducey. “We urge everyone to continue to take the necessary measures to protect themselves and the public as this crisis continues.”

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF BRICK

Mayor John Ducey and the Township Office of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and are in regular communication with the State of New Jersey and the Ocean County Health Department.

During this time, all residents are urged to follow the practices cited by the CDC to help protect you, your family and the public during this time. These include:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve – not your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash hands often with soap and water – for at least 20 seconds – especially before eating or after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Stay home when sick and keep your children home when they are sick. Do not return to work or send your children to school unless they have been fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Residents who are at higher risk such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease should take additional steps such as avoiding crowds, travel and should stay home as much as possible.

Should you have more questions or concerns, the New Jersey Coronavirus Hotline is available 24//7 and can be reached at 800-222-1222 or visit www.nj.gov/health. The CDC website is www.cdc.gov.For information about Brick Township Public Schools and their plans, visit http://www.brickschools.org/COVID-19#0309.

In the meantime, Mayor Ducey, the Township Council and the Office of Emergency Management will continue to work to take necessary precautions to keep township staff and visitors to town hall safe.

MAYOR DUCEY ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS

Mayor John G. Ducey would like to inform high school juniors and seniors in Brick Township about a scholarship opportunity offered by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The League is offering three $1,000 scholarships through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. The statewide competition centers on the theme “What My Municipal Government Does Best” and seeks to advance the virtues of elected members of municipal government.

“Brick Township has many exceptional young students. I encourage all juniors and seniors to participate in this scholarship competition and show just how exceptional, talented and dedicated the young people of our community are,” said Mayor Ducey.

Applicants will be required to write an essay of approximately 500 words with the theme “What My Municipal Government Does Best.” The essay should be based on the applicant’s perceptions and experiences with your municipality’s local government and should consider the public contribution of the municipal government. Judging is based solely on the essay including originality, technical composition and appropriateness and effective articulation of theme.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship competition can download an application packet. If you would like to request an application by email, please send an email to emoroney@twp.brick.nj.us.

The scholarship is open to all high school juniors and seniors. Residents who live in Brick but attend schools in other communities should return their application to Mayor Ducey’s office.

A committee will select one essay from Brick Township as a semi-finalist. That application will be forwarded and reviewed by the NJSLOM Scholarship Committee. That committee will select 15 finalists and 3 winners. The winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and their essay will be featured in New Jersey Municipalities Magazine.

All applications must be returned to Mayor Ducey’s office by March 13, 2020. Completed applications should be mailed to Mayor John Ducey, Attention: NJSLOM Scholarship, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ, 08723.

BRICK HERO AWARDS TAKES PLACE ON FEBRUARY 21; SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS!

The Annual Brick Hero Awards will be held on Friday, February 21 at Brick Township High School, 346 Chambers Bridge Rd. Doors open at 6 pm and the ceremony begins at 7 pm. The event honors Brick residents and businesses that exhibit a remarkable effort to make the community a better place. The event will include performances by local school choirs, theatre groups, dance teams, and more.

The Brick Hero Awards are hosted by the Mayor’s Teen Advisory Council, known as “The Society” in Brick Township High School and Brick Memorial High School. This year’s ceremony will feature remarks from Mayor John Ducey, Township Council and Sue McNamara, Director of Planning, Research, & Evaluation for Brick Township Public Schools. The goal of the Brick Hero Awards is to create a school and community effort to award acts of kindness and put those who actively do good deeds in the spotlight.

Mayor John Ducey created the Brick Youth Initiative to give young people a greater voice in our community. Mayor Ducey regularly meets with the Teen Advisory Councils at each high school to discuss Brick Township and listen to their thoughts and suggestions. “Our young people are a vital part of Brick Township and its future,” Mayor Ducey said. “I see how remarkable they are, with great ideas for our town and our future, and want them to grow and succeed into adults that carry with them the importance of being civic-minded and giving back to their community.”

All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Brick Teen Center, Lounge 270. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and can be purchased at the door. For more information on the award ceremony or to nominate someone in the community who exemplifies being a hero in everyday life email Brandi White at bwhite@twp.brick.nj.us.