As restoration activities near completion, property owners will receive written notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicating the earliest date on which relocated residents may return to their homes. Corps representatives will contact you to schedule a final walk-through of your home. Additionally, Corps representatives will call you to discuss convenient dates for packing and moving.
Returning to Your Residence
Once you have been scheduled to return home, there are several tasks that must be performed before you can be moved back into your primary residence.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will do the following:
- Notify homeowners that remediation and restoration activities are complete.
- Identify, in consultation with homeowners, dates for packing and moving from the relocated residence to the permanent residence.
- Arrange for your permanent residence to be cleaned by a professional cleaning service and to be treated by an exterminator prior to your return.
- Coordinate dates for packing and moving.
- Conduct homeowner inspections of the primary residence.
- Turn over keys to homeowners upon their return to their primary residences.
Property owners must do the following:
- Contact your utility providers for your temporary residence and arrange for your utilities to be disconnected or transferred, as appropriate.
- Arrange to have your telephone and cable service disconnected at your relocation residence. Pay the final bill.
- Contact your utility providers for your permanent residence and arrange for utilities to be reconnected or transferred, as appropriate. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will only pay for utilities used at your primary residence through the date that you are moved back to your
home. Also, if there are reconnection fees, pay them and then submit the bills to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for reimbursement.
- Cancel forwarding or otherwise change your mailing address with the U.S. Postal Service, allowing at least a week for your delivery to resume at your primary residence.
- Stop newspapers as necessary at your relocation residence; resume delivery at your primary residence.
- Resume deliveries and other services, such as regular cleaning or pest control, at your primary residence.
Please remember that homeowners must have prior approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before incurring any expenses associated with moving back to your primary residence if you wish to be reimbursed. Without prior authorization, homeowners will not be reimbursed for incidental expenses.
For your convenience, telephone numbers for utilities and other key services are:
|1. Bell Atlantic Residential Service:
|2. Public Service Gas and Electric (PSE&G)
| 201-342-7000 or 973-473-7000
|3. United Water Co.
|4. Passaic Valley Water Commission
|5. Cablevision of New Jersey Inc.
|6. TCI of Northern New Jersey
|7. Time Warner Cable
|8. Maywood Post Office
|9. Lodi Post Office
Warranty of Work
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers subcontractors warrant their work for one year. The Corp’ s prime contractor will enforce the warranty obligations of subcontractors.
Upon your return to your home, you will be given the individual warranties for whatever new systems or appliances -- such as furnaces, hot water heaters, kitchen appliances -- were installed in your residence. Please take a moment to review the terms of those warranties.
If the warranty period has expired, homeowners may choose to submit a claim to the Corps, which will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Documentation of Cleanup
Although an independent laboratory verified completion of remediation prior to the start of restoration activities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide you with information outlining the work that was
completed and documenting the final results of this work.
One report, which you should receive about six months after returning home, documents the removal actions performed under FUSRAP on individual properties during 1998. The document, called the Post-
Remedial Action Report, outlines the work that was completed and provides verification that the removal action successfully removed radiological contamination above established cleanup guidelines, allowing the properties to be used without restrictions.
Finally, the Corps will provide you with a letter confirming the final results of the Corps’ work on your property. This letter will confirm that the removal action performed on your property under FUSRAP has been satisfactorily completed. This letter will be provided once the independent laboratory’ s final report on the status of your property and a Record of Decision for work at the overall Maywood Site are published.
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