City moves forward on FEMA grant applications and project to repair roads
Posted on 8/8/2012
The City Council this week (August 6) approved various steps in the continuous road to flood recovery, including applications for FEMA Hazard Mitigation grants and repairs to non-federal aid roads.
In conjunction with a team of local and state disaster recovery experts and consultants, the City has prepared and submitted three separate applications for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding. The applications are for the following projects in Minot: the Water Treatment Plant, communications at the Water Treatment Plant and emergency generators at sanitary sewer lift stations. The applications are now with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services for their review.
For some of the projects currently being considered by the City of Minot this marks the second or third time the City has worked to make these plans fit into the guidelines needed to be eligible for HMGP federal funds. These projects are required to meet a minimum benefit to cost ratio analysis that determines, in large part, the willingness of the federal government to participate financially.
The City Council also approved a nearly $335,000 bid to complete repairs on non-federal aid roads that were damaged in the 2011 Mouse River flood. This project is reimbursable by FEMA, with the City sharing three percent of the cost. These repairs are identified at more than 70 separate locations across the entire valley and include patch work, mill and overlay, sidewalk repairs, curb and gutter work, chain link fence replacement and street sign repairs. The work is to be done by the Minot Paving Company and they are expected to be finished by October 31.