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Legal fees adding up for city in issue with FEMA

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Sikeston City Clerk Carroll Couch helps a board member complete paperwork to make their new appointment official on Monday afternoon.
(Photo by Scott Welton)
scottw@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- Having spent over $14,000 on legal fees, Sikeston appears to be no nearer to satisfactorily resolving a notification issue with FEMA.

During a special City Council meeting Monday, Council members formally authorized the mayor to engage the Husch Blackwell law firm of St. Louis to explore the city's complaint against the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

City officials believe FEMA violated notification requirements by making changes to Sikeston's flood plain maps without twice publishing notification in a local newspaper.

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