CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County is eligible for reimbursement from FEMA for the costs of fixing Hurricane Ike storm wind damage.
During the regular weekly County Commission meeting Thursday, County Clerk Junior DeLay updated commissioners on the application for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program.
Initially Mississippi County was left off the list of eligible counties, DeLay said, as a minimum of $44,000 in costs is required to be eligible.
The county's total was only $16,391.11. "All of our cost is for debris removal," DeLay said.
DeLay said he was advised totals from other public entities in the county can be included to meet the $44,000, however.
As the totals from the city of Charleston, $21,787.98; the city of East Prairie, $46,000; and the Missouri Department of Transportation, $3,000, bring the total within the county to $45,779.08, the county does qualify, DeLay said.
"I didn't realize we had that much damage," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said.
A FEMA team began a preliminary damage assessment in the county Thursday.
DeLay said the city of Charleston had debris removal and fire calls while East Prairie did not have debris removal but did have a bulldozer and personnel at a collection site for storm debris.
In other business during Thursday's meeting:
* Commissioners approved the purchase of a new line printer for the county's mainframe computer for $10,600 plus $600 installation from Joss, the county's sole vendor for this product.
The county's current line printer "is now considered obsolete," DeLay said. Parts are hard to get and ribbons are no longer available for the current printer, he explained.
DeLay said the new printer is the same model used by other area counties such Ste. Genevieve and New Madrid counties and can do things the current printer can't do such as print bar codes.
* Dan Gruen, Charleston's city manager, has contacted Steve Duke, executive director of the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission at Dexter, to apply for Delta Regional Authority funding for a project on Ditch 14, according to DeLay.
The project would put a concrete bottom and concrete lower banks in all but a three-quarter-mile section of Ditch 14 where it runs through the city. The estimated cost of for all phases of the project is $1.35 million.
"According to Dan, there would be no local match required," DeLay said.
The funding may be available due to the president-elect's plans to stimulate the economy through public works programs that can be ready within 120 days, according to DeLay.