Borough of

Rocky Hill

News Flash

Ida: FEMA, Flooding, Grant & Debris removal & Home Cleanup Hotline Information -Updated 9/9/21

The Borough of Rocky Hill has now switched from rescue mode to recovery mode. The County of Somerset will be picking up debris for the homes flooded by the river (more details below). The Borough is working on a plan to collect other debris from flooded basements, etc. Please be patient with us as many towns are in need of dumpsters and removal.

Please email the Clerk Rebecca Newman at clerk@rockyhill-nj.gov or call the office at 609-924-7445 if you have non-Millstone River flood debris that you need to dispose of. Please include your address and an approximate quantity of debris, for example 10 contractor bags of debris, 5 wheel barrow loads, a pick up truck load etc. Anyway you can quantify would be very helpful. We will respond to you as soon as we are able to get a plan in place.

Thank you.


Somerset County website listing of IDA Recovery Disaster Resources are available by clicking here.


Home Cleanup Hotline information via Assemblyman Zwicker

Residents in need of assistance with damage from Tropical Storm Ida may call a Home Cleanup Hotline at 844/965-1386 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations and community groups that can assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping roofs and mitigating mold. The hotline will remain open through Sept. 17.


Somerset County Millstone River flooding debris only pickup:

In Rocky Hill this pickup is exclusively for Millstone River related flooding and does not include any flooding debris from properties not adjacent to the river.

For curbside pickup of debris, the debris must be separated into separate piles. This is a contract requirement and must be adhered to for pick up. The pamphlet available by clicking here outlines the procedures. The timing of the debris pickup is TBD.



Disaster Declaration and FEMA Information

Individuals in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties can apply with FEMA the following ways:

For your reference, I have attached fact sheets on the Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, Congressional Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500.

NJ Federal Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs

FEMA Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet

FEMA Public Assistance Fact Sheet

FEMA Disaster Assistance Sequence of Delivery Fact Sheet


NJ DEP Tropic Storm Ida Emergency Newsletter listing numerous sources of pertinent information.



Business & Nonprofit grants for Mortgage & Rent Ida related relief

On Sept. 3rd Governor Phil Murphy announced relief for small businesses impacted by Ida. Please note the following below.


Support for New Jersey businesses and nonprofits is on the way. A $10 million grant program is being developed that will provide short-term, immediate rent and mortgage reimbursement.


The proposed program will provide grants of $1,000 to $5,000 dollars. As proposed, grants will be provided in the form of reimbursement of a business’s August rent or mortgage payment.


The program is for New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with up to 50 employees. The program will apply to organizations that suffered physical damage as a result of weather caused by Tropical Storm Ida and any additional flooding immediately thereafter on September 1st and 2nd, 2021. Landlords and home-based businesses are not eligible.


To be eligible, a business or nonprofit must:


Provide certification of an unmet need due to damage and/or business interruption.

Provide documentation of physical damage to the applicant’s physical commercial location.

Present a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Submit recent wage reporting form (WR30), if applicable.

Be registered to do business in the State of New Jersey.

Be in good standing with the Department of Taxation.

Comply with any additional requirements that are announced when the program is finalized.

The parameters of the program announced today are preliminary and are subject to change. The proposed program will be presented to The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board for consideration of approval at a special meeting on Wednesday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m. If approved, the NJEDA expects to announce full details and the application timeline for the grant program following that meeting.


For more information, please visit: https://business.nj.gov/covid/ida


Pilot Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program - NJ State Assistance

The pilot Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is a support measure to help businesses and nonprofits impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program will provide grants from $1,000 up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based businesses and nonprofits that have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) as reported on their last WR-30 form (Q2 2021) with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey that suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program is currently funded with $10,500,000 and may increase to $15 million. One-third of the initial request and one-third of the subsequent request (if necessary) will be reserved for entities in a census tract that was eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone, but can be released back into the general program if demand from businesses and nonprofits in these areas has been met. Furthermore, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Henri, but can be released back into the general program pool if demand from these entities has been met.
The pilot program may be expanded if additional funds become available.
For more information on the program please see: https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/


Low-interest business disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

The pilot Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is a support measure to help businesses and nonprofits impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program will provide grants from $1,000 up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based businesses and nonprofits that have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) as reported on their last WR-30 form (Q2 2021) with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey that suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.
The program is currently funded with $10,500,000 and may increase to $15 million. One-third of the initial request and one-third of the subsequent request (if necessary) will be reserved for entities in a census tract that was eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone, but can be released back into the general program if demand from businesses and nonprofits in these areas has been met. Furthermore, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Henri, but can be released back into the general program pool if demand from these entities has been met.
The pilot program may be expanded if additional funds become available.
For more information on the program please see: https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/


Links to other information complied and prepared by the Health Department

September 11th - Remembrance Ceremony, 10 am @ Panicaro Park


September 12th - Rocky Hill Day, Starting at 11 am

The Rocky Hill Recreation Group has been working hard to organize a SAFE Rocky Hill Day!

Given health concerns there will only be a parade, ice cream truck and a free performance by the bands toth and Tuna Balloon!

Residents are advised to wear a mask if they can not social distance. Residents are also welcomed to bring their own food and drinks.

We look forward to including things like a bouncy house, BBQ, chili cook off, movie night and recreation games in the future when there aren't health concerns.

Pacific Southern Railroad, Oct. 23rd & Oct. 24th - A Rocky Hill EMS & FD Fundraiser

42nd Fund Raising show supporting local Emergency Services organizations

Saturday, Oct. 23 & Sunday Oct, 24th

A family friendly 45 min. train show featuring a large museum quality miniature world with 4,000 square feet of trains, buildings, bridges, cars, mountains, rivers, passengers and a circus train.

Show times and other information is available on the show flyer by clicking here.

Additional show information available at: https://rockyhilltrains.org

Other Pacific Southern Railroad sites:

Facebook: Pacific Southern Railroad

www.pacificsouthern.org

Delayed 3Q Tax Bills - Payment is not due until September 2nd.

The third quarter tax bills were posted August 4th. They were delayed while the Borough waited on a tax rate from the State of New Jersey.

The due date of Aug 1 has been extended to September 2nd.

Bi-weekly Summer Trash pickup

The bi-weekly Summer trash pickup has started, and will continue until Labor Day.

Fall bulk trash pickup is scheduled for October 20th.


More trash pickup information available by clicking here.

Because of our diligence to adhere to public health advice as well as increasing vaccination rates, our state has begun reducing many of the COVID-19 restrictions we all have endured for the past year. As we are beginning to return to our regular routines, I want to emphasize that this remains a time of uncertainty. Since access to vaccination has become more readily available, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Also, remember to continue the single most effective public health prevention practice of frequent handwashing.

I wish everyone a safe and healthful summer.

- Bob Uhrik, Mayor - May 30, 2021

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