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Third Appeal Summary
PA ID# 025-91025; Imperial County Department of Public Works
DSR ID# Multiple DSRs ; Road Repairs
PURPOSE: Respond to third appeal submitted by the Imperial County Public Works Department concerning the deobligation of funding from several road repair DSRs.
DISCUSSION: Heavy rains and flooding in February 1993 caused damages to over 400 miles of county roads and five landfill sites. FEMA prepared 22 DSRs for $13,908,991 to cover repairs to the roads and landfills. The applicant requested approval of alternate projects in lieu of performing the approved repairs. The Regional Director denied this request on the basis that alternate projects could only be approved when the function of a facility is abandoned. The applicant appealed this determination in a January 5, 1995, letter. The Regional Director upheld the initial determination. Following the submission of a second appeal, FEMA agents visited the site to determine if the original scopes of work described in the DSRs were appropriate. The result of the visit was the deobligation of $5,660,822 of eligible funds. The applicant appealed the deobligations based on proposed methods of repair as well as estimates provided by FEMA for various costs and allowances. The second appeal determinations are found to be reasonable and consistent with industry standards and practices.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Sign the letter informing the GAR of the decision to deny the third appeal.