The Moore American

August 6, 2013

Moore council approves $32M supplement for post-tornado costs

By Joy Hampton
The Moore American

MOORE — The Moore City Council approved more than $32 million in budget supplements on Monday to pay for tornado-related costs.

The single largest budget supplement was made to the Special Revenue Fund for $10 million.

“This is an estimated amount in additional cost that we will incur,” Moore Finance Director Jim Corbett said. “We did receive our first payment from FEMA last week and paid our bills.”

Corbett said the city hopes to receive more FEMA funds. The federal agency pays reimbursements every 30 days.

Supplements to the Fiscal Year 2013 budget year ending June 30 were to the GO Bond Fund $3.5 million, General Fund $470,588, Special Revenue Fund $5.3 million, Public Safety Building Fund $4.1 million, Public Safety/Street sale tax Fund $636,621, Park Improvements Fund $642,797, Risk Management Fund $9,944 and Public Works Authority Fund $8.1 million.

“This is all storm-related,” Corbett said. “We incur the cost first and then we’re reimbursed.”

FEMA covers the majority of the costs and the state covers an additional amount. The costs are related to a number of items including debris pickup, equipment and materials. Public works purchased 425 polycarts to help replace those blown away.

Council members declared a covered bridge in Veterans Park as surplus. The bridge was damaged in both the May 20 and May 31 tornadoes and will be sold for a minimum bid of no less than $5,000.

New software will help building inspectors keep up with the demand as homes and businesses are rebuilt.

Members approved the $73,246 purchase of Energov Solution from Tyler Technologies. The software for building permits and code enforcement can be used in the field and also will allow people to pay online and get permits online.

“We’ve really been looking for a system like this for sometime now,” City manager Steve Eddy said.

Council member Robert Krows asked what residents should do after the Aug. 15 deadline for debris pickup passes.

Eddy said 112 homes were sent official notices of condemnation several weeks ago. About half of those have responded. People can come to the condemnation hearing if there are legitimate insurance concerns.

“They need to be talking to us about those homes,” Eddy said.

Owners will be responsible for removing debris after Aug. 15. The city will tear down and remove those properties that are not demolished by the owners. The city will then put a lien on any property it must demolish.

“If there’s special circumstances, we’ll give them additional time, but we’re not going to let it go on forever,” Eddy said.

The shopping center on 19th Street has been posted for condemnation.

“We’re interested to see if we can move that timeline up,” Community Development Director Elizabeth Jones said.

Support continues to flow into Moore. A banner was presented from the community of Sandy Hook, Conn., and the city council recognized animal rescue volunteers who helped at the emergency shelter in Norman.

Joy Hampton 366-3539