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City gets instructions on $1M FEMA grant

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By William Carroll

 

The city of Taylorsville received some excellent news recently and commission members were on hand Wednesday to learn more about the particulars of a recently awarded grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
On May 5, Esther E. White, Project Grants Manager with the University of Kentucky Hazard Mitigation Grant Program sent word to Taylorsville City Clerk Steve Biven that the project had been approved for a total project cost of $1 million. According to the terms of the agreement, the city will receive $750,000 in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency with the state contributing an additional $250,000 for the project. The project will also run from April 30, 2014 until April 30, 2017.
On Wednesday White met with Mayor Don Pay and city commissioners Beverly Ingram and Ellen Redmon to go over some of the particulars of the project.
“The project has been awarded by FEMA and funded under the disaster mitigation program,” White said. “The total projected cost is $1 million and everything should be ready by July 1.”
White presented a proposed budget and explained the process by which reimbursements must be sought.
According to White the city must expend resources for the project and then seek reimbursement. The process requires the city to be responsible for keeping detailed records and turning over any and all documents relating to the project to FEMA. White said that the guidelines for reimbursement would follow Kentucky Emergency Management’s reimbursement guidelines as well. Geni Jo Brawner from KYEM was also present to help city leaders understand the process.
According to Brawner, the state of Kentucky would act as a middle man between FEMA and the city.
“FEMA processes the payments to the state and then the state will process those payments to the city,” Brawner said.
White added that the city would not necessarily need to expend all of the money at one time and could ask for reimbursements as the project progresses.
“May 5, 2016 is the deadline to complete the project, as long as you are moving toward that goal we shouldn’t have any problems,” White said.
White explained that while there were not any specific benchmarks points it was anticipated that the city would be able to provide proof of additional progress at each step along the way.
Biven pointed out that the city had already expended approximately $45,000 on the project and wanted to know when the city could begin requesting reimbursements.
“Everything should be ready by July 1, the city can begin requesting reimbursements at that time,” she said.
Also present during the meeting was DLZ Engineering representative Mike Draper, who led city and state representatives on a tour of the proposed project after the meeting. During the tour Draper pointed out where he believes the most significant drainage issues exists and how he proposes to repair those issues. Draper said that some additional tests would need to be done in order to determine the full scope of work on the project.