BENTON -- Public entities in Scott County will receive reimbursement for Hurricane Ike damage.
"We received a declaration for public assistance," said Joel Evans, county developer, during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.
With the Federal Emergency Management Agency declaration, any public entity in Scott County with expenses related to cleaning up damage from the storm winds on or about Sept. 15 may apply for reimbursement and are encouraged to do so, according to Evans.
"They can contact FEMA directly or contact me to get a Public Assistance form," Evans said. "I believe the application deadline is Dec. 15."
As several towns have already completed request for public assistance, a meeting will be held today for applicants.
Evans said the total estimated cleanup costs for the county is $20,258. The county is slated to receive a total of $15,194 from FEMA and an additional $2,026 from the State Emergency Management Agency, he said. The minimum reimbursable damage is $1,000, Evans said, but labor hours of volunteers do count toward that $1,000.
"If an entity thinks they may be eligible they are encouraged to apply," he said.
In other business:
* Commissioners opened bids for food and medical services at the jail.
The county received two bids for medical services and two bids for food service, according to County Clerk Rita Milam.
Contracts will be awarded at a future meeting as commissioners will need time to review the bids, according to Milam.
* Evans advised commissioners that the application for the county's Enhanced Enterprise Zone will be finished this week.
* Communities with activities or events are encouraged to submit them for inclusion on the county Web site, Evans said.
Items may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com.
Evans urged those submitting information to "include any photos or artwork that they would like to have included."