Buena Vista County Engineer Jon Ites told the Board of Supervisors this week that he will be applying for FEMA aid after the winter storm on February 28 to March 2. According to Ites, only overtime, equipment time and material used can be reimbursed.
"The issue we have is that the new week starts on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and we are based on the week and not eight hour days. We will have to talk to FEMA representatives and explain it to the representative to see if we will be covered."
According to Ites, if the request is $75,000 or below and the representative feels the request is appropriate then they will be able to cut a check right away. However if the request is more than $75,000 then an independent audit will have to be performed and the cost of the audit will go to the county.
"Right now we are at $63,000 but that does not include the possible overtime," Ites said. "We might be over the limit but I am not positive yet."
Ites also told the board that priority listing for the county's five-year project plan is finalized, with priority projects starting this summer and next year including all projects that have federal funds. "The final years we will be able to switch around if we know what might happen depending on how much is done in the second year," Ites said.
Supervisor chairman Herb Crampton will work with Veterans Services Officer Clint Hoferman on a grant to apply for $10,000 that will be available for Veterans services for the 2007 fiscal year along with another $10,00 for the 2008 fiscal year.