Supervisors approve policy for dealing with FEMA grants

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 29, 2013 - 01:57 PM

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors approved a new policy for dealing with FEMA grants during a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

On a 4-1 vote, with supervisor Neena Putt dissenting, the board adopted policy standards intended to provide guidelines for residents who apply for federal funding to elevate flood-prone structures or who express a desire to have the county purchase their flood-prone land and put it in a perpetual open space easement.

The board eliminated a provision in the policy, written by planning and zoning director John Shaw, which would have established a steering committee. The purpose of the committee would have been to resolve disputes, recommend a higher value for property if funds were available, and consider the purchase of less than an entire parcel if part of the property were not in a flood hazard zone.

In discussing the policy, Shaw reiterated that grant funding is not based on whether the property is a primary or secondary home. Rather, it is based on what flood zone a property is in and on a cost/benefit analysis to determine whether a home’s elevation or purchase for demolition will ultimately diminish flood claims and potentially lower insurance premiums for all property owners.

Public comment

During public comment period, the board heard remarks from three residents who posit that the United Nations is attempting to impose one-world government on the United States through U.N. Agenda 21.