County continues after FEMA funding process

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners 9-30-2013

Holmes County Board of County Commission follows along as Emergency Director Wanda Stafford explains what’s needed to fully utilize and “capture” Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 03:47 PM.

BONIFAY — County approves of appointing their two county engineers, County Engineer Cliff Knauer from Preble Rish and County Engineer Whitney Nelson from Melvin Engineering, as Project Managers to provide proper documentation for full Federal Emergency Management Agency funds during their Sept. 30 meeting.

Emergency Director Wanda Stafford was present to stress the importance of proper documentation and the need for Project Managers and after much discussion the board agreed that new Project Managers would meet with Stafford and the district foremen on a regular basis to insure that all proper documentation is submitted on expenses and requests for reimbursement.

“For example, you may have done $1 million worth in work, but if you’ve only got documentation for $30,000 or $40,000 then you’ll only get reimbursed for $30,000 or $40,000,” said Knauer. “Plus, since you’ve got mostly large projects you’ll be able to be reimbursed as you go.”

Commissioner Kenneth Williams said he was apprehensive because of the cost of the large projects have to be spent and then reimbursed but after Knauer explained that the projects could be reimbursed expense by expense Williams agreed.

“Work will have to be done one project at a time,” said Williams. “We don’t have the money needed to float them all.”

Attorney Jeff Goodman reminded everyone that even though they all had different jobs they would be working as a whole.

“We may have approved our county engineers as Project Managers but in the end we’re all Holmes County,” said Goodman. “We’ve got a long journey ahead but we’re a team. You can just think of us locked at the hip.”

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