OTTAWA — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) has released $746,077 in Hazard Mitigation
Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the Village of Ottawa for the acquisition
and demolition of nine residential structures and the acquisition of one
adjacent vacant parcel located in the Blanchard River floodplain.
award is for what the Village has been referencing as “Project #2”, the
buyout of nine floodprone residential structures located in the Special
Flood Hazard Area (SFHA),” explained Denise Balbaugh, Ottawa Certified
Through HMGP, FEMA will pay 75 percent
of the $994,769 eligible project cost. The remaining 25 percent of the
funds, $248,692, will be provided by the State of Ohio and the Village
“The Village share will be covered by a portion of the
three million dollars appropriated by the State Legislature for the
Blanchard River Watershed Flood Mitigation Grant Fund,” said Balbaugh.
clarified that property owners involved in this project have all
volunteered to participate and have the option to accept or decline the
Village’s buyout offer. Properties acquired will become permanent
greenspace providing open areas to hold and absorb flood water.
next step will involve completing the paperwork required to officially
accept the funds. Part of that process was completed on Jan. 27 as
Village of Ottawa council members approved Mayor Meyer’s signature on
the grant agreement. Once all paperwork is completed, the Village can
begin ordering appraisals of the properties. Appraisals will be
conducted in order of benefit/cost ranking, with the top five ranked
properties appraised first.
This grant is the second of three HMGP
applications submitted to FEMA for approval. The first project was
approved by FEMA in July and is in the appraisal/buyout offer phase. A
third project has been submitted to FEMA for approval consideration.
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