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June 20, 2014

City has to repay federal funds

$145,000 due from 2009 grant

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The flood mitigation grant ended on Nov. 25, 2011, and the account was never closed out by the state and federal officials, Fenwick said.

He said the city was contacted in October 2013 by Homeland Security officials concerning the grant funding.

“The account had been closed out for two years,” Fenwick said. “Frank Burrows found some files that appeared to have pertained to the grant. We had to recreate the grant expenditures from the existing paperwork.”

Fenwick said the city was reimbursed for the same house three times and there were to draw downs on the federal funds in one week. The property owner was not paid three times.

“Part of the problem was the city had a list of properties it wanted to acquire and asked for the federal money first,” he said. “The local matching funds were not identified.”

He said no local dollars were put into the flood mitigation program as required and the Ockomon administration used a city employee to oversee the program on a volunteer basis.

“We’re not sure of what department for the city was involved,” Fenwick said. “It should have been Emergency Management. We don’t know where the Ockomon administration was going to obligate the local matching funds.”

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security didn’t respond to a request for comment on the repayment of federal funds.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

The issue • Anderson has to repay Federal Emergency Management Agency $145,000 from flood mitigation grant. Funds have to be repaid within 60 days. • No local matching funds spent during 2009 and 2011 to remove flood prone properties. • City listed same property three times for reimbursement.

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