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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 115-26648-00; Forest Lake Township
PW ID# Project Worksheet 373; Road-Repair-Gravel Replacement
June 27, 2008
Governors Authorized Representative
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
2605 Interstate Drive
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-9364
Re: Second AppealForest Lake Township, PA ID 115-26648-00 Road Repair-Gravel Replacement
, FEMA-1684-DR-PA, Project Worksheet (PW) 373
Dear Ms. Myslewicz:
This is in response to your letter dated January 4, 2008, which transmitted the referenced second appeal on behalf of the Forest Lake Township (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) denial of additional funding in the amount of $8,332 to replace gravel on roadway surfaces.
FEMA approved PW 373 for $7,578 to repair scoured road ditches at five separate locations. On its first appeal, submitted on October 17, 2007, the Applicant requested an additional $8,332, stating that it had inadvertently omitted the cost of aggregate cover washed away during flooding. The Regional Administrator denied the appeal because the Applicant did not provide sufficient documentation to support its claim that the road had aggregate cover prior to the disaster.
The Applicant submitted a second appeal on January 4, 2008. With the second appeal, the Applicant provided photographs showing that the aggregate cover had been washed into adjoining fields. In addition, the Applicant provided invoices demonstrating that it had purchased gravel for the roads prior to the disaster. After review of the documentation, I have determined that the cost to replace the lost gravel is eligible for funding under the Public Assistance Program. Therefore, I am granting the second appeal. By copy of this letter, I am requesting that the Regional Administrator take appropriate action to implement this determination.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision. This determination constitutes the final decision on this matter as set forth in 44 CFR §206.206.
Carlos J. Castillo
Disaster Assistance Directorate
cc: Jonathan Sarubbi
FEMA Region III