U.S. Department of Homeland Security
536 S. Clark St. 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
MAY 1 4 2014
Mr. Jonathon E. Monken, Director
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
2200 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Attn: Mr. Ron Davis, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Re: FEMA-DR-1935-IL --First Appeal Disposition
Dear Mr. Monken:
On April 24, 2014, FEMA received an appeal from the City of Murphysboro. FEMA previously denied the City of Murphysboro's request to use HMGP regular project funds to construct a new access road to the City of Murphysboro Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). This appeal was not submitted through the State as federal regulations require in 44 CFR Part 206.440. However, FEMA contacted the State Hazard Mitigation Officer in Illinois to ensure State support of this appeal. Since the State supports the appeal, FEMA has accepted receipt of this appeal and reviewed the submitted documentation.
The submitted appeal does not include any new information related to actual damages to the current road or WWTP itself. In addition, the appeal did not include a new analysis of the Benefit Cost module to incorporate any additional damages. Therefore, this appeal is denied. The appeal, as well as the original application, did not indicate any loss of function, as plant workers are always able to access the WWTP, although the means by which they arrive at the WWTP might be less than desirable.
If the State chooses to appeal this determination, it must review and forward an appeal as outlined in 44 CFR, 206.440 Appeals. The appeal shall contain documented justification suppmting the appellant's position, specifying the monetary figure in dispute and the provisions in Federal law, regulation, or policy with which the appellant believes the initial action was inconsistent. The grantee will review and forward appeals from an applicant or sub-grantee, with a written reconunendation, to the Assistant Administrator for the Mitigation Directorate within 60 days of receipt of this appeal detennination letter.
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