October 2, 2008

FEMA Kickoff Meeting Means County Road Repairs Should Start Soon

Storm ravaged roads in Scotland County should soon start to see some relief. Scotland County Emergency Management Director Bryan Whitney and Road Superintendent Ryan Clark returned from a kickoff meeting with officials from the federal and state emergency management agencies last week in Kirksville with the good news.

The county currently is in the process of reviewing the damage and will be dividing the county into specific work sites. This project formulation identifies the eligible scope of work while estimating the costs for each project.

Whitney indicated the region likely would have dozens of sites. He noted this process will expedite the reimbursement process from FEMA and SEMA, as payment can be requested following the completion of each site as opposed to waiting for completion of all the work.

The two government agencies share the responsibility of making program payments. FEMA will reimburse 75% of the project costs while SEMA pays 10% with the remaining 15% of costs reverting to the owner, which in this case is Scotland County, and to a lesser degree the City of Memphis and the Scotland County R-I School District.

Whitney indicated the local agencies have six months to complete the repairs to earn the emergency aid. Approximately $400,000 in aid was approved for Scotland County, the City of Memphis and SCR-I following the natural disasters that struck the area between June 1 and August 13. The bulk of the funds, approximately $350,000, is earmarked for county roads.

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