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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 015-99015-00; Charlotte County
DSR ID# 5882; Stump Removal
October 26, 2007
Mr. W. Craig Fugate
Florida Department of Community Affairs
Division of Emergency Management
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100
Re: Second Appeal Charlotte County; PA ID 015-99015-00, Stump Removal
FEMA-1539-DR-FL, Project Worksheet (PW) 5882
Dear Mr. Fugate:
This letter is in response to your letter dated September 23, 2006, transmitting the second appeal from Charlotte County (Applicant), dated August 10, 2006. The Applicant is appealing the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA's) determination that the Applicant removed stumps from private property, which were ineligible for funding under the Public Assistance Program. While the Applicants appeal disputes a total amount of $1,871,099.00 in debris removal costs for a wide range of debris removal activities, the scope of work of PW 5882 only includes stump removal. Accordingly, only the eligibility of stump removal is addressed in this response.
For reasons explained in the enclosed analysis, I have determined that the cost associated with the removal of stumps originally determined to have been removed from private roadways is eligible. Therefore, I am partially granting the appeal and am requesting that the FEMA Regional Administrator prepare a Version to PW 5882 for $52,834.72 to implement this determination.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision. This determination constitutes the final decision on this matter pursuant to Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations §206.206.
Carlos J. Castillo
Disaster Assistance Directorate
cc: Mayjor Phil May
FEMA Region IV