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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 037-90312; White Memorial Medical Center
DSR ID# 15192; Carpenter/Painter Shop
July 5, 2000
Governor's Authorized Representative
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
75 North Fair Oaks Avenue, East Annex, Fourth Floor
Pasadena, California 91103-3647
Re: Second Appeal - White Memorial Medical Center, Carpenter/Painter Shop, FEMA-1008-DR-CA, DSR 15192
Dear Mr. Christian:
This is in response to the referenced second appeal submitted by your office on
January 27, 2000. The Northridge earthquake damaged a Carpenter/Painter Shop at White Memorial Medical Center (White). Damage Survey Report (DSR) 15192 was written to repair wall cracks and broken windows and was approved for $11,947 on June 30, 1997.
On May 12, 1999, White requested that DSR 15192 be considered an improved project. White planned to demolish the existing Carpenter/Painter Shop as part of a plan for a larger facility. On May 20, 1999, OES approved the request in accordance with 44 CFR 206.203(d). Federal funding is therefore limited to the approved estimate of $11,947. The new facility will house the functions of the Carpenter/Painter Shop as well as the Plumber's Shop. The Plumber's Shop had previously received improved project status and was accepted into the Grant Acceleration Program (GAP) in March 1999. On June 28, 1999, FEMA granted a time extension to
January 31, 2002, for the Plumber's Shop and other sites at the medical center. However, FEMA denied an extension for the Carpenter/Painter Shop at this time.
On July 21, 1999, White requested a time extension to October 30, 2001, for the Carpenter/Painter Shop. White submitted its first appeal of FEMA's June 28, 1999, decision to deny a time extension to the Carpenter/Painter Shop on August 2, 1999. FEMA denied the extension request/appeal on November 10, 1999, based on previous guidance stating that time extensions for small projects would not be granted beyond January 17, 1998.
White submitted its second appeal on January 27, 2000. It argues that the project should have been considered for a GAP settlement, extenuating circumstances permit a time extension, and it would not make sense to have used federal funds to repair a building that was to be demolished. It asks for a time extension until February 1, 2002 (the larger facility has received an extension to January 31, 2002).
The Carpenter/Painter Shop is clearly a small project and is therefore, generally subject to the January 17, 1998, small project deadline. However, in this case, circumstances indicate that a time extension should be considered. The function of the Carpenter/Painter Shop is included in the larger facility, which will be completed by January 31, 2002. In accordance with 44 CFR 206.204(c)(2), a time extension for DSR 15192 is granted until January 31, 2002. Project funding is limited to $11,947.
Please inform the applicant of this determination. My decision constitutes the final decision on this matter as set forth in 44 CFR 206.206.
Lacy E. Suiter
Executive Associate Director
Response and Recovery Directorate
cc: David Fukutomi
Deputy Disaster Recovery Manager
Northridge Long-Term Recovery Area Office