March 22, 2012
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Camp Dodge, Bldg W-4
Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824
Re: Second Appeal-Monroe County Engineer, PA ID 135-02B52-00, Road Repair, FEMA-1930-DR-IA, Project Worksheets (PWs) 1251 and 1314
Dear Mr. Schouten:
This letter is in response to a June 23, 2011, letter from your office which transmitted the second appeal of the two referenced PWs on behalf of the Monroe County Engineer (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to reduce the quantity of aggregate approved for several gravel roadway repair projects and deny a total of $13,170.44 in associated costs requested under the referenced PWs.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, there is no basis for FEMA to reimburse the Applicant for the costs of compacted gravel when the approved scopes of work and the accepted method of gravel replacement throughout the State of Iowa entail spreading uncompacted aggregate loosely on top of the road bed through grading or tailgate delivery. I have reviewed all of the information submitted with the appeals and have determined that the Regional Administrator’s decision in the first appeal is consistent with Public Assistance regulations and policy. Accordingly, I am denying the second appeal.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision. This determination constitutes the final decision on this matter pursuant to 44 CFR §206.206, Appeals.
cc: Beth Freeman
FEMA Region VII