Archive for Tuesday, October 4, 1994

FEMA FLAP TO BE EXPLAINED

October 4, 1994

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A federal disaster-relief project that has become a morass for the city of Tonganoxie has spurred a press conference.

The conference, set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at city hall, stems from a failed city attempt to obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency buy-out funds for property in areas subject to frequent flooding.

Tonganoxie City Administrator Edward Young said that, at FEMA's suggestion, the city applied for funding in January to buy out properties that included Sturgeon's Wheel Estate, a 40-unit mobile home park at 107 N. Main.

He said the city spent months and thousands of dollars revising its application only to learn that FEMA would provide funds for one home in Tonganoxie but not for the trailer park.

"We've asked them (federal officials) to come and try to explain why they asked the city to apply for this -- and spend $30,000 in the application process -- and then rejected it," Young said.

Young said city and federal government officials were scheduled to be on hand, along with owners of the trailer park and representatives from the offices of Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan.

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