City approves resolution regarding reimbursements from storm
by David Lazenby
Aug 07, 2011 | 1662 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to allow Mayor Sonny Posey to sign an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration for removal and disposal of debris that resulted from April 27 storms that did extensive damage to the city.

The FHA is reimbursing the city for costs from the “first pass of roads they have designated as federal highways,” said Joe Matthews, the director of the city’s public works department, at the recent Council meeting.

City planner Keith Pike said the claim for reimbursement the city submitted to the FHA is for about $49,360. “It consists of several different things: The labor, the contractor picking up material, traffic signs and a traffic signal that was damaged,” Pike said.

Pike said the work being paid for by the FHA was performed mostly on federal designated highways.

“It doesn’t take into account every street in Jasper, just those (roads) on their system,” he said. He added that debris removal on some “arterial” streets such as Walston Bridge Road, portions of Airport Road, 19th Street, 20th Street and 3rd Avenue also would be included in the city’s claim.

Pike added that the city has a claim filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is expected to reimburse the city for work done in the first three days following the storms. “We’re in the process of getting it processed,” Pike said.

That claim is for approximately $33, 884, according to Pike.

Pike said the city is also filing for reimbursement for debris removal and reduction done after the city contracted with Ceres Environmental Services, Inc.

“We’re finalizing in getting that project worksheet written up,” Pike said. “In fact, we met with FEMA this morning on that.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Council voted to allow Posey to enter into an agreement with Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging. Posey said this is an annual agreement.

“It’s just normal procedure for us to enter into that agreement,” said Posey who added there are no changes from the agreement approved by the Council in 2010.