Long Beach officials have started the process of assisting residents in repairing bulkheading damaged by superstorm Sandy -- a project local leaders say is critical for the safety of the city's bayside.
Sandy heavily damaged residential bulkheading on the north side of the city, and residents have appealed to the city, saying repairs have been expensive and contractors hard to come by.
Repairing up to 300 residential bulkheads can cost more than $30,000, each, but the city hopes to reduce those costs through a bulk pricing program.
The city will issue a bond to pay to repair its own bulkheading and offer homeowners a chance to borrow money to fix their own, officials said. Residents will repay the money through their tax bills, officials have said.
"It assists the residents in rebuilding bulkheading faster," City Manager Jack Schnirman said Tuesday night. "Making it uniform, strong, and helping them finance it."
The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to hire a Brookhaven firm to draw up requirement contracts for bulkhead replacement. The city will pay the firm about $9,000.
The firm will create bid specifications so the city can put the work out to bid, public works Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba said. The city expects to award the bid in October, he said.
Long Beach officials will know the cost of the rebuilding work once it receives bids, LaCarrubba said.
The city will also help residents secure permits from the Town of Hempstead, state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needed for the repairs, he said.
"The impetus for the program is to put the residents in a position to rebuild," he said.
More than 300 residents could potentially opt into the program, city officials have said. So far, 15 have committed to participate, LaCarrubba said.
Information about the bulkheading program is available by calling City Hall at 516-431-1000 or online at longbeachny.gov.