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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 113-12000-00; City of Cedar Rapids
PW ID# 4675; Building Safety Inspections
Citation: FEMA-1763-DR-IA; City of Cedar Rapids PW 4675
Reference: Emergency Protective Measures – Building Safety Inspections
Summary: On May 25, 2008, severe storms and flooding caused damage to the City of Cedar Rapids (Applicant). The Applicant’s contractor conducted inspections of homes to determine if the structure was safe to enter for demolition, repairs, re-inspections and re-assess the structures during progress inspections. FEMA prepared PW 4675 in the amount of $978,621 to document the cost of demolition and emergency building inspections and deemed $530,192 to be ineligible.
The applicant submitted its first appeal on February 7, 2011, and provided additional documentation from the contractor. FEMA partially approved the appeal on August 10, 2011, for an additional $31,572 in eligible demolition and safety inspection costs. In addition, the appeal noted that final funding would be based on actual costs and supporting documentation provided at the close out of the grant.
The Applicant submitted its second appeal on October 21, 2011, requesting funding in the amount of $498,620. The applicant reiterates its argument that the inspection work performed by the contractor was for work related to the flood that posed an immediate threat to life, public safety and health.
Issue: Are the building inspections performed by the Applicant eligible emergency protective measure costs?
Rationale: Disaster Assistance Policy 9523.2 Eligibility of Building Safety Inspections Supporting Emergency Work dated January 28, 2008