Info meeting to be held in Mathews on FEMA grant program

- Posted on May 16, 2012 - 12:07 PM

The Mathews County Department of Planning and Zoning will have a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, to provide residents with information about the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and to accept applications for participation in the program.

The grant funds are for elevating structures or relocating them out of the floodplain, or for localities to acquire properties. Applicants do not need to have direct damage from a recent storm event to participate in the program.

Applications will also be available during normal business hours in the planning and zoning office at 50 Brickbat Road. They must be returned to the county with all the required information by June 22.

If grant funds are awarded to the county, said a press release, the county will not exercise its power of eminent domain to acquire properties. A property will only be acquired with the owner’s permission and participation in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program does not require any county funds; the homeowner would have to contribute a percentage of the cost.

For more information, call 725-4034.