VERNON – After a nearly four-year lull, City of Vernon will receive project funding for storm and flooding damages from Federal Emergency Management Agency. The news came at Monday’s council meeting, weeks after city officials met with Senator George Gainer late last month.
According to city officials, Vernon is no longer obligated to fund a number of restoration projects caused by 2013 storm and flooding damages. Following a July 26 meeting with Gainer, in which he offered project support, the City received a status for newly appropriated funds for the community center and wastewater plant projects.
FEMA had previously required the city to fund projects upfront, and to be reimbursed later. However, according to city officials, the city simply did not have the funds, nor enough insurance, to cover those costs. The new status the city received following the Gainer meeting, will catapult progress for several of the projects, officials said.
However, due to the process of project management, restoration will not be completed for several months, city officials said.
Also at Monday’s meeting:
· City officials passed a motion to approve closing out of FEMA-related project PW 267 roads and bridges project
· City officials approved new trim schedule that sets the preliminary millage rate at 4.82, double the current 2.41. Officials said the council will examine the budget in order to later vote on a millage that meets the city’s needs.
· City Attorney Michelle Jordan introduced an ordinance on sexual predators, which will align with the limits set by the state.