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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 111-72016 ; City of Simi Valley
DSR ID# 44232; Parking Lot Restoration
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA; City of Simi Valley; DSR 44232
Cross-Reference: General Work Eligibility
Summary: The City of Simi Valley's police station parking lot was subjected to moderate to severe structural damage resulting from the Northridge earthquake (FEMA 1008-DR-CA). FEMA prepared DSR 44232 for $84,193, on September 26, 1994, to cover repairs to the facility. Upon review and following a second inspection, several items were removed from the DSR because the damage did not result from the earthquake. The revised scope, for $9,635, did not include repairs made to 0.54 acres of asphalt base, project mobilization costs, or soils testing, surveying, and inspection. Paving costs (for 0.54 acres) were mistakenly removed from the modified DSR. The City's second appeal was based on the fact that they were not included in the second field inspection. They contended that they were not given the opportunity to address "certain earthquake related damage obviously overlooked by the FEMA/OES inspectors." The City contended that the second inspection is not in accordance with FEMA policy because the inspection team did not include a member of their District. The absence of the City's representative from the second inspection, however, did not deny them opportunity to prove that the Northridge earthquake caused the damage to the 4-inch asphalt base. The City completed the repairs to the lot at a cost of $57,800, but provided no evidence that the earthquake caused damage to the asphalt base.
Issues: Should FEMA re-instate funding for the items deleted from DSR 44232?
Findings: No. The work does not meet general work eligibility requirements because there is no evidence to establish that the Northridge Earthquake caused the damage. However, a supplemental DSR will be prepared to reinstate funding for the mistakenly removed paving costs for $3,072.
Rationale: To be eligible for financial assistance, an item of work must be required as the result of the major disaster event. Further, the City's appeal shall contain documented justification supporting their position. 206.223(a)(1) and 206.206(a)