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Ocean County soon, funds that are reimbursing the township for money spent for debris cleanup following Superstorm Sandy.The Ocean County Board of Freeholders on Thursday announced the plan to distribute more than $9.3 million to 17 towns that participated in the county's debris removal program after Sandy wreaked havoc at the Jersey Shore on Oct. 29, 2012. The funding for the reimbursements comes from a Community Development Block Grant through the state Department of Community Affairs, Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. said.The freeholders created a shared services agreement on Nov. 19, 2012, and offered affected municipalities the opportunity to have the county oversee and fund the debris cleanup, a massive undertaking that exceeded the staffing and expertise of many towns. Under the agreement, the county would be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration at 90 percent, with towns providing the 10 percent required local match. The agreement allowed towns to free up staff to attend to other storm-related activities and provide assistance to citizens, freeholders said."It was imperative to take action quickly," Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari said. "It was essential to take these steps with ex...