“It’s significant,” Gruner said, referring to Montgomery County’s expenses so far. “Six figures, for sure.”
Montgomery County alone has tracked 7,000 truckloads of debris trucked to grinders at solid waste facilities, Gruner said.
At the end of June, Ohio Emergency Management Agency officials gave FEMA a preliminary damage estimate of $18.1 million in eligible costs statewide. About $12 million of that was debris removal. Montgomery County accounted for a bulk of total estimate, $12 million, according to the county.
“We’ve been tracking everything from the very beginning,” Gruner said.
Debris has been taken typically to “huge grinders,” one at a facility in Moraine and another at a facility at the former Forest Park shopping center in Harrison Twp., he said.
Beavercreek City Manager Pete Landrum said the city has estimated that its tornado-related expenses will total about $2 million
The prospect of a FEMA reimbursement is welcome indeed, he said. Beavercreek is hugely reliant on property taxes. Only property tax levies for the city’s streets fund and its general fund can be used for clean-up work. Property taxes for police or parks purposes cannot be used.
“It’s tremendous,” he said of the FEMA reimbursement. “Beavercreek is the largest city in Ohio without an income tax … we have very limited resources. Most of our resources are property tax levies. They’re segregated levies.”
Adcock walked representatives of local governments and school districts through an application process Monday in a meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Dayton.
Applicants to the program will be assigned a FEMA agent. Applicants will be expected to meticulously identify costs and spending, complete damage inventory forms, complete quarterly progress reports and in some cases, submit to audits.
Applications forms and other documents were passed out to meeting participants. While Adcock explained the application steps, she encouraged municipalities to do the work they need to do when they need to do it.
“If you can do it, do it,” she said. When cities have completed their work, they can present those costs to FEMA for possible reimbursement, she said. Ongoing or incomplete recovery projects, however, may have to submit to “site inspections.”
The federal government issued a major disaster declaration for 11 affected Ohio counties June 18. Counties affected include Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Darke and other counties.
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