FEMA Reimburses Town with $1.8 Million for Storm Sandy Cleanup

First Selectman Tetreau is pleased to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reimbursed the Town of Fairfield $1,782,119.94 for debris removal and disposal costs attributed to Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is at the 75% maximum federal cost share level for $2,376,159.91 of eligible charges. First Selectman Tetreau said, “We are very grateful to FEMA for this reimbursement. I’m appreciative of our diligent town officials and the State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security who have worked hard to properly secure this much needed funding.”

The Town submitted the request for closeout of the debris removal application to FEMA on May 3, 2014 at the maximum federal cost share level of 75%. FEMA approved the Town’s application on February 10, 2015.

The payment reimburses the Town for 4,018.5 straight time and 2,033 overtime work hours and 10,160 equipment hours expended to remove, process and dispose of the storm debris. Town personnel and contractors removed 4.090.54 cubic yards of storm-related vegetative debris, 9,618.6 cubic yards of construction/demolition debris from damaged buildings, 35 55 gallon drums of hazardous waste, and 2.95 tons of electronic debris and appliances. In addition, 3,568.9 cubic yards of sand, which had been deposited in parking lots and roadways by the storm’s surge, were also disposed of.

Robert Mayer, Town CFO, stated, “It has been a long process: however, we are happy with the result achieved for the Town’s debris cleanup reimbursement application.”

The photo shows Department of Public Works Director Joe Michelangelo, CFO Robert Mayer and First Selectman Mike Tetreau.

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