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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 081-65070; City of San Carlos
DSR ID# N/A; San Carlos City Hall
April 16, 1999
Governor's Authorized Representative
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
PO Box 419023
Rancho Cordova, California 95741-9023
Dear Ms. Ward:
This is in response to your letter dated December 18, 1998, forwarding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a second appeal under FEMA-845-DR-CA on behalf of the City of San Carlos (subgrantee). The subgrantee requests $350,000 for roof truss repairs at the San Carlos City Hall.
As stated in the enclosed Second Appeal Analysis, the subgrantee did not discover the roof truss damages until December 1996, which were subsequently reported to FEMA in February 1997- over seven years after the disaster event. FEMA regulations require that subgrantees report additional damages to FEMA within 60 days of the initial site inspection though FEMA may extend this deadline when justified by extenuating circumstances beyond the subgrantee's control. In its appeal, the subgrantee notes that the damages were concealed and were not, therefore, visibly apparent during its inspection of the facility following the earthquake. The failure to identify damages in hard-to-reach areas and in areas of poor lighting does not constitute extenuating circumstances beyond the subgrantee's control. Additionally, the extreme lateness of the subgrantee's request makes it difficult to determine the actual cause of the damages. Therefore, the second appeal is denied.
Please inform the applicant of my determination. In accordance with the appeal procedure governing appeal decisions made on or after May 8, 1998, my decision constitutes the final decision on this matter. The current appeal procedure was published as a final rule in the Federal Register on
April 8, 1998. It amends Section 206.206 of the Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Lacy E. Suiter
Executive Associate Director
Response and Recovery Directorate
cc: Martha Whetstone
FEMA Region IX