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Pataskala City Council

Disaster-plan funding now available


Pataskala City Council on Aug. 11 voted 6-0 in a special meeting to adopt a countywide natural hazards-mitigation plan, which would allow residents to apply for state and federal funding for certain projects, said City Administrator Benjamin King.

City Councilman Bryan Lenzo was absent from the meeting.

City Council on Aug. 4 unanimously tabled a motion to approve the plan written by the Licking County Emergency Management Agency after receiving the lengthy document earlier that day.

Kevin Carver, interim director of the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, told City Council on Aug. 4 a Pataskala resident applied for a rebate after installing a "windstorm safe room."

Carver said the funds are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the unified hazards-mitigation program.

The program provides money for "projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood," according to the FEMA website.

Individuals must apply through their local governments, according to the website.

Carver could not give the amount of money nor the resident's name and was not able to provide more information before the Aug. 11 special meeting.

He said Aug. 4 the application would be denied if the city did not adopt the natural hazards-mitigation plan by Aug. 14.

Prior to approving the plan Aug. 11, City Council voted to remove an amendment made Aug. 4 that would have prevented the plan from usurping the city charter or the city's right to home rule, said City Councilman Tim Hickin.