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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 047-99047-00; Harrison County
PW ID# Project Worksheet 5672 and 10548; Debris Removal
August 20, 2008
Mr. Thomas M. “Mike” Womack
Governor’s Authorized Representative
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
P.O. Box 5644
Pearl, MS 39208-5644
Re: Second Appeal—Harrison County, PA ID 047-99047-00, Debris Removal,
FEMA-1604-DR-MS, Project Worksheets (PWs) 5672 and 10548
Dear Mr. Womack:
This is in response to your letter dated February 21, 2008, which transmitted the referenced second appeal on behalf of Harrison County (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) denial of funding for the removal of hazardous limbs and trees on public and private property.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, I have determined that Applicant’s contract was properly procured through competitive bid and establishes reasonable costs for the removal of hazardous trees. Accordingly, FEMA has determined that the Applicant is eligible for the full project amount for work conducted on private property. However, for the public right-of-way, FEMA will apply the aggregated validation percentages from the validation conducted in March 2007 to establish the eligible scope of work. Therefore, this appeal is partially approved for $5,896,620. 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. My determination constitutes the final decision on this matter as set forth in 44 CFR §206.206.
Carlos J. Castillo
Disaster Assistance Directorate
cc: Major P. May
FEMA Region IV