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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 027-06610-00; Warren County Freeholders,
PW ID# 1854; Bridge Repair
April 15, 2014
Colonel Rick Fuentes
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628
Re: Second Appeal–Warren County Freeholders, PA ID 027-06610-00, Bridge Repair, FEMA-4021-DR-NJ, Project Worksheet (PW) 1854
Dear Colonel Fuentes:
This is in response to your letter dated October 16, 2013, which transmitted the referenced second appeal on behalf of Warren County Freeholders (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of a portion of the cost of the repair of Bridge 13011. The total amount in dispute is $180,000.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, I have determined that the Applicant is responsible for the repair of preexisting damage. However, the $180,000 associated with the recommended countermeasures does not address preexisting damage. Therefore, the Applicant’s failure to implement countermeasure recommendations does not impact eligible funding for the repair of the bridge, and de-obligation of $180,000 associated with the recommended countermeasures was incorrect and should be restored. Therefore, I am approving the appeal. By copy of this letter, I am requesting the Regional Administrator to take appropriate action to implement this determination.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision. This determination is the final decision on this matter pursuant to 44 C.F.R. § 206.206, Appeals.
cc: JeromJerome Hatfield
FEMA Region IIe Hatfield