William M. Chornyak
Kansas Division of Emergency Management
2800 Southwest Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, Kansas 66611-1287
Dear Mr. Krase:
I am writing in response to your request dated February 13, 2006 for FEMA to review the second level appeal for the City of Strong City, Kansas. This second appeal follows the decision by the FEMA Region VII Office in Kansas City to disallow costs claimed for the city’s acquisition project submitted under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
FEMA Headquarters personnel have thoroughly reviewed the information submitted with this second level appeal. After careful consideration I have concluded that the original determination by Region VII to disallow costs claimed under this project should stand. The second level appeal does not contain new or substantive information that would provide grounds for overturning the decision made at the Region.
The Regional Office found the following costs to be ineligible:
XXX Elm Street
After evaluation of the documentation the Region concluded that no receipts were provided to demonstrate that the Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) funds were spent for their intended purpose and the Duplication of Benefits (or advance) amount was not deducted from the purchase price during the property closing transaction. Therefore, the resulting duplication of $7,445 in advanced funds was found to be ineligible for reimbursement.
XXX S. Elm Street
Based on FEMA and State policy the Region determined that costs in the amount of $7,677 for the acquisition of a mobile home without the inclusion of the land was ineligible for reimbursement. The State’s first level appeal requested reimbursement for costs incurred by the land owner in the amount of $7,000 to elevate a newly placed mobile home in lieu of the costs that were found ineligible for the acquisition of the mobile home. The State requested reimbursement of costs that were not part of the approved scope of work. Therefore, the request for reimbursement for costs associated with the mobile home elevation was denied.
In conclusion, after review of the second level appeal documentation, FEMA Headquarters concurs with the determination by the Region to disallow reimbursement for costs as requested by the City of Strong City, Kansas.
If you have any additional questions regarding this issue, please contact Kathy Strange, Chief, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch, Region VII, at (816) 283-7033.
David I. Maurstad
cc: Richard Hainje, Regional Adminstrator, FEMA Region VII
Robert G. Bissell, Director, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Division, FEMA Region VII