A failed effort to purchase flood prone properties along the Passaic River in the city’s northern quarters following hurricane Irene has resulted in the city seeking the services of a consultant to manage the buyback process.
City officials have awarded a contract to Morris Plains based Tetra Tech to manage the buyback program at $125 per hour. The city sought proposals through a public advertisement, receiving two responses.
City resident Francis Blesso also responded to the advertisement at the same rate of $125 per hour; however, the city opted for the services of the Morris County based firm.
The firm will be tasked with managing a program that the city has failed to successfully manage in the more than three years since the 1st Ward was inundated with flood water.
Officials had compiled a list of 12 properties to purchase using the $5,763,117 received through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but that came to naught.
That plan did not materialize even after the city council approved the purchases in 2013. The firm will have to compile a list of properties to purchase, according to city officials.