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County takes steps for flood program

County takes steps for flood program
The steps are being taken to allow Weakley County community members to purchase flood insurance as a form of federally-subsidized relief.
The Weakley County Commission met Tuesday to take care of many items of business on the agenda, especially Resolution No. 2012-40, titled Resolution of Intent for Weakley County to Participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and Its Commitment to Recognize Flood Hazards, which is a resolution for intent for the county to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Without participating in this program, community members residing in the flood plain cannot purchase flood insurance for their property.
According to the Tennessee Code Annotated section 6-58-117, the requirements for participation in the national flood insurance program are as follows:
“(a) In cooperation with the department of economic and community development, all counties and municipalities in this state that have an effective flood insurance rate map or flood hazard boundary map published by the federal emergency management agency that identifies a special flood hazard area within the political boundaries of the county or municipality shall meet the requirements for participation in the national flood insurance program authorized by 42 U.S.C. § 4001 et seq. and administered by the federal emergency management agency on or before June 30, 2012.”
Weakley County must submit a signed copy of the county’s adopted flood plain management regulations, a signed copy of a resolution of intent, and a completed Application for Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program to FEMA in order to participate.
According to Community Planning Regional Director W. David Pechin, the county needed to pass the resolution by this meeting in order to participate.
“FEMA usually takes three to four weeks to approve an application,” said Pechin.
“Therefore, we recommend that the county complete the process by the end of May.”
Old business at the meeting included the approval of Private Chapter No. 43, which is a state bill that abolished the offices of highway commissioner in Weakley County.
Other new business included the passage of seven resolutions:
• A Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of a Grant for the Weakley County Public Records Commission from the State of TN for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012, accepted a $5,000 grant to purchase supplies such as shelving, document cases, HEPA vacuum, filters and bags, and small tools to properly maintain the records.
• Resolution Authorizing Budget Amendments to the School Federal Projects Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, adjusted Jobs Bill Grant monies.
• Resolution Authorizing Budget Amendments to the General Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, Election Commission transferred $7,358 from the budget unassigned line item to the legal services line item for the Weakley County Election Commission.
• Resolution Authorizing Budget Amendments to the Solid Waste Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, added $6,473 to the other contracted services line item from the unassigned line item to reimburse fuel charges on contract tire invoices due to lack of State revenue.
• Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of an Application to TN Dept of Transportation for Litter & Trash Collecting Grant for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013, allows County Mayor Houston Patrick to apply for a grant on behalf of Weakley County.
• Resolution Authorizing Budget Amendments to the Highway Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012 amended the Highway Fund due to additional revenue and expenditures.
• Resolution Authorizing Budget Amendments to the General Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, Courthouse & Airport allows the county to install a new roof on the Weakley County Courthouse and helps fund a new well at the Everett Stewart Regional Airport.
The next county commission meeting is scheduled for June 28 at 5:30 p.m.

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