Fair board Hears Report from FEMA, $556,712 in Damages, $417,534 in FundingOctober 28th, 2009 by Joe Burgess
At Tuesday night’s Drew County Fair Board meeting, the board heard the results of their recent applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Board president John Wayne Ross presented documentation to the group showing that FEMA had accepted the total amount of loss/damage as being approximately $556,712.
FEMA is expected to fund repairs to the fairgrounds area and buildings at a rate of 75%, for a total of around $417,534. This amount includes future funds that will be paid after or durning building construction, as well as money already received to remove the destroyed buildings and debris from the area. The total amount will cover the costs to repair/replace fencing, rebuild the electrical power supply grid, repair the roads, replace damaged miscellaneous items (tables, chair, desks, cattle panels, etc.), re-construct the damaged roof and supports on the EHC exhibit building, and rebuild the structure that housed the old auditorium and cattle exhibit barn.
The state is also expected to contibute another 12.5 %, after the completion of the construction, which should add another approximately $69,589 to available funding.
Other items discussed included noting that UAM has released the $60,000 insurance payment to the fair board recently, and that a UAM administrator told a fair board member that the University is working toward completing the contract proposal to lease the fairgrounds to the fair board, and may have some news as soon as later this week.
Fair board president John Wayne Ross told the board that he is resigning as board president, but will remain on the board in his previous position. Ross also announced that Clayton Stephens, Ricky Kulbeth, and Leland McGee had resigned from the board.