Commissioners Cut Ties With FEMA On Proposed Building
Thursday Mar 05, 2015 7:08pm
Steuben County Community Center Angola, IN
(ANGOLA) - Steuben County Commissioners told the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday to take a hike when it comes to the agency providing a share of funding for a proposed building at the Steuben County Park.
Frustrated with a number of funding delays, Commissioners decided to move forward on plans for the building without F.E.M.A.'s help.
Original plans called for F.E.M.A. to partially fund the building which in turn would be used in part as a 2,500 person storm shelter.
But F.E.M.A. announced last week it was suspending hazard mitigation grants for Indiana because a proposed baseball stadium in Kokomo was being built in a flood-prone area which is supposed to stay green space.
County Commission Chair Ron Smith felt F.E.M.A. was inept in the handling of the funding request and he did not want to see the county go through the process again.
The F.E.M.A. official who talked with Smith blamed Hurricane Sandy as another reason why they didn't have ample funding.
Smith said the County Park Board will meet in the near future to discuss the proposed building.