More than a year after the storm flooded large parts of
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Sabatelli said additional costs going forward will include repairs to
"These are just an example of the costs that will still be incurred and will be potentially reimbursed through
Sabatelli said the City has received
According to Spaulding,
The City has the option to comply with
Instead, he recommended setting up a meeting with a
"If they agree to do that, that means they are agreeing in essence to the City's maintenance plan for the ditches...that would be one step forward versus going out and incurring millions of dollars in maintenance costs just to have them turn around and arbitrarily say 'You haven't demonstrated this was storm-related,'" said Spaulding.
"All of this is for future resiliency and to make sure that the ditches that have flooded don't flood again," he remarked.
"It's crucial for our city and I think we ought to fight for it," said Stephens.
Turning to the Stanley White Rec Center project, Sabatelli said the building suffered damages that exceeded 50 percent of its value, which makes it eligible for
In order to remain in compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program, the Stanley White Rec Center cannot simply be repaired at its current elevation, Sabatelli explained. To bring the building into compliance with flood insurance codes, the City can either tear it down and replace it with a new building, repair and elevate the existing building, or flood-proof the existing building by adding walls and flood gates around it.
Spaulding said the City's inspection of the building and other
According to Spaulding, he was told by a
Spaulding said any final plan for the rec center will have to address a number of floodplain regulations.He said he had "no idea" how to get
"This has been discussed exhaustively with the state; the only thing the city is asking
"I'm game to do anything, I just think we need to move and do something," said Alderman
"What we need is somebody who has authority to make a decision and has the know-how to read their own regulations and actually give us some direction so we can get some finality to these projects, because we don't feel like we're getting that now," said Stephens.
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