PA ID# 051-99051-00; Jefferson Parish
PW ID# Project Worksheet 8816; Eligibility of Sod Replacement
Citation: FEMA-1603-DR-LA; Segnette Field, Jefferson Parish (Applicant)
Cross-: Work Eligibility Reference
Summary: As a result of Hurricane Katrina, a tidal surge, heavy winds, severe rain and flood water caused extensive damage to Segnette field in Jefferson Parish, LA. FEMA prepared Project Worksheet (PW) 8816 for $159,970, to provide reimbursement for the cost of restoring the baseball field to its pre-disaster condition. The PW funded several eligible repairs to this facility, but determined the replacement of sod was not eligible pursuant to Recovery Division Policy 9524.5, Trees, Shrubs, and Other Plantings Associated with Facilities, which makes sod replacement eligible only when necessary to stabilize a slope and minimize runoff. In the first appeal, the Applicant argued that sodding was necessary to restore the field to its pre-disaster condition. Therefore, the Applicant requested additional assistance for the cost of sod replacement and top dressing on the damaged portions of the athletic fields. On October 24, 2007, FEMA partially granted the Applicants first appeal stating that a number of the activities such as raising the level of the infield to proper elevation and installing top dressing were required to restore the field to its pre-disaster condition. Although the original estimate to perform all of the aforementioned activities was $67,000, the actual cost of performing these activities was $179,000. Of this total amount, $70,000 was for sod and $12,000 was for winter maintenance, the balance of the cost, $97,000 was for eligible preparatory work. The Applicants second appeal, dated January 14, 2008, argues that the Recovery Division considers sod to be non-essential in the functionality of a facility. The lack of sod would render facilities such as golf or athletic fields useless or obsolete. The Applicant also claims that the sod is a part of an engineered surface similar to artificial surfaces and is not a natural feature for landscaping or aesthetic purposes.
Issues: Is the grass sod line item eligible for reimbursement on facilities such as Segnette baseball field? Findings: No. Rationale: Response Recovery Division Policy Number 9524.5, Trees, Shrubs, and Other Plantings Associated with Facilities