FEMA agrees to hear more requests for storm-damage aid
Twenty coastal communities in Anne Arundel County that were damaged by Tropical Storm Isabel can apply for grant money to repair roads and storm-water management facilities, state officials announced yesterday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency was denying requests for assistance from homeowners associations in the communities, arguing that proposed repairs would benefit only residents of the communities, not the public at large.
State emergency officials argued that the roads and facilities in question were maintained by the county and used by the public, and therefore should be eligible for relief. FEMA officials accepted that argument and will review aid applications case by case.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said in a written statement yesterday, "All of these funds will go toward roads and other facilities that serve the general public, not just the residents of the special tax districts."
Two communities in Calvert County also are eligible for aid after FEMA's policy change.
Meeting on controlling sewage odors is reset
Because of the possibility of snow, Anne Arundel County officials have rescheduled from tomorrow to Jan. 22 an informational meeting to discuss improving odor controls at the Mill Creek sewage pumping station.
At a Feb. 19 zoning meeting, the county's Public Works Department is scheduled to seek a variance to allow odor-control improvements.
The Jan. 22 meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Belvedere Elementary School media center.