UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Selectmen back $5.2M to repair damage caused by Sandy

Friday, January 4, 2013

Selectmen back $5.2M to repair damage caused by Sandy

A $5.2 million allocation to repair damage to public properties inflicted by Superstorm Sandy last October has won support from the Board of Selectmen.
The funding, approved Wednesday by the selectmen, covers projects that range from repairing and shoring up Penfield Pavilion to cleaning debris left by the storm in Pine Creek.
It is expected that 75 percent of those costs will be reimbursed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though at this point that remains in doubt because of inaction in Congress.
The local funding still must be approved by the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting.
All of the projects, Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo said, result from damage caused by the storm."They need to be rebuilt," Michelangelo said of the project punch list.
Some things, he said, will be repaired, while others, like the pavilion or the breaker wall at Southport Beach, need work that will improve their durability in future storms.
In the case of the breaker wall at Southport Beach, since it failed to hold during the storm, it should not be rebuilt with the same design.
"It failed, so to rebuild at the same elevation doesn't make sense," Michelangelo said.
The same holds true for Penfield Pavilion, recently rebuilt for about $5 million to FEMA's standards for 100-year storms. Michelangelo said officials are looking for an engineer to design repairs to the pavilion, which was undermined by the storm surge, causing floors and railings to buckle.
A second engineering firm will likely be hired to review the planned repairs.
"Given that this has failed once, we feel it's prudent to do this," Michelangelo said.
Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey asked if there were any projects on the list that wouldn't be done if it were known that there would be no FEMA reimbursement.
"There are none that I would take off," Michelangelo said, adding that some of the projects probably would have needed to be done even if there had been no storm damage. READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Selectmen-back-5-2M-to-repair-damage-caused-by-4163871.php

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