Charlestown to re­ceive re­im­burse­ment from FEMA

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Even as sum­mer ap­proaches, the af­ter­math of Win­ter Storm Jonas re­mains on the minds of town of­fi­cials.

Charlestown of­fi­cials re-

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cently learned the town will re­ceive a re­im­burse­ment from the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency for money spent to clean up the Jan­uary storm.

Ear­lier in the year, FEMA ap­proved the state’s re­quest for a dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion. Lo­cally, the Jan. 22 storm dumped some 20 inches of snow in bl­iz­zard con­di­tions, which stymied even the most sea­soned snow­plow op­er­a­tors.

Re­nee Ca­pano, pres­i­dent or Charlestown’s Town Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, an­nounced via her Face­book page that the town will re­ceive a lit­tle less than $7,000 from FEMA.

“I’m glad,” said Ca­pano about the re­im­burse­ment.

The storm caused the cost of snow re­moval, over­time, con­trac­tors and equip­ment to quickly add up. Ca­pano said the town bud­geted around $3,000 for snow re­moval in the fis­cal year 2016 bud­get.

The town spent a lit­tle over $9,000 on Win­ter Storm Jonas main­te­nance, said Ja­nine An­toshak, town clerk. Now, about 75 per­cent of the cost of main­te­nance for the storm will be cov­ered, with the other 25 per­cent com­ing from the town’s bud­geted money for snow re­moval, An­toshak said.

The town learned of the FEMA re­im­burse­ment in a let­ter dated May 13, so the money should come through within four weeks of that date, said Wib Pumpaly, town ad­min­is­tra­tor. Had the re­im­burse­ment not come through, the money would have had to come out of the fis­cal bud­get, Pumpaly said.

Pumpaly said the town found out about the re­im­burse­ment from the county’s De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices. Ear­lier in the year, about four FEMA em­ploy­ees were sent to the town to go over ex­penses that in­curred, Pumpaly said. In a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, FEMA han­dled another re­im­burse­ment to the town about three or four years ago, Pumpaly added.

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