FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Township of Fairfield was recently selected as a pilot program with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Green Acres that will help Fairfield homeowners who have experienced repetitive flooding, according to Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini.

Those interested in learning more about the program are invited to attend a meeting at the Hollywood Avenue recreation center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. A letter will be sent to residents announcing the meeting date.

According to Gasparini, the program will fund the raising of between 20 and 25 homes and will also cover hotel accommodations for the families for 90 days.

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“The program is moving fast,” said Gasparini, who noted that the program would allow homeowners the opportunity to keep their homes.

Councilman Michael McGlynn explained that although this project has been in the works for a long time, the wetness of the land has prevented the use of heavy equipment.

In addition to reassuring residents that the governing body has not forgotten about the issue, McGlynn also expressed enthusiasm about the mayor’s announcement that Fairfield recently removed 200 trees from the Passaic River in partnership with Montville Township and the Passaic Valley Sewer Commission.