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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 083-69070; City of Santa Barbara
DSR ID# 26125,02389; Thousand Steps
Citation: FEMA-1044-DR-CA; City of Santa Barbara, Thousand Steps
Cross Reference: Permanent Restoration, Disaster Related Damages, Predisaster Condition
Summary: January storms of 1995 caused erosion of the bluff surrounding a stair structure, depositing debris behind the cribwall and across the stair. DSR 26125 was prepared in May 1995, for removal of debris, repair of the cribwall section and drainage system, slope protection with anchors and a slope protection mesa, in the amount of $54,420. Slope protection work was deleted and DSR 26125 was approved in the amount of $13,054 in July 1995. In November 1995, the subgrantee submitted their first appeal stating that the bluff posed a threat to the safety of repair workers and the public using this facility. In March 1996, FEMA prepared Supplemental DSR 02389 for temporary slope protection measures for protection of workers and engineering and design services. DSR 02389 was approved in the amount of $18,470 in May 1996, for placement of wire mesh and anchoring for temporary stabilization. In September 1996, the Regional Director provided for increased funding for slope protection for works and engineering, but denied the request for permanent slope protection on the basis that an immediate threat to the public had not been demonstrated. In January 1997, the subgrantee requested a supplement for an increase in funding of $67,167 based on actual costs. FEMA denied the request in October 1997, stating that the approved scope of work was exceeded, particularly for the increase in wire mesh for slope protection from the approved scope of work. The City's second appeal is a request for actual costs for debris removal and cribwall repair, additional eligible costs for hydroseeding, and an increase in eligible costs for engineering services.
- Are extraordinary engineering costs for the project eligible?
- Are hydroseeding costs eligible?
- Are actual costs for the debris removal and cribwall repair eligible?
- No. This project does not qualify as a complex project. Administrative and miscellaneous fees are not eligible, either.
- No. The hydroseeded slope is not a facility.
- No. FEMA was not afforded an opportunity to inspect additional damages and the documentation does not support eligibility.
- Retaining walls are an example of a project on engineering cost Curve B and are typically not considered complex projects.
- Natural features that are not improved and maintained are not facilities and, therefore, are not eligible.
- 44 CFR 206(d)(1) requires that the state provide notification of additional damages within 60 days of the initial inspection.