Ottawa County Commission members are attempting to expedite efforts to remove flood-prone homes from two rural subdivisions.
Commissioners voted Monday to seek a new round of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding through a Repetitive Flood Claims grant application that could bring buyout offers to more than three dozen property owners in Eastgate and Fountain East subdivisions.
The move comes at the recommendation of the Grand Gateway Economic Development Agency, according to commission chairman Russell Earls.
County officials are still waiting on the release of funds from a previous application for funding. Upon the release of those funds — expected to occur in less than six months — demolition will begin on several homes readied for purchase by the county.
Earls said Monday that appraisals have been done, offers made and accepted on nine homes that were inundated with water in the July 2007 flood.
A tenth homeowner declined the county’s purchase offer.
The county had initially planned to seek funding in small increments, addressing an estimated 10 homes per application. However, commissioners said Monday they will attempt to complete the buyout project, 39 homes, with a second grant application.
In a county resolution dated Aug. 18, commissioners indicated that it is in the best interest of the county residents to make application for funding.
If approved, the grant will provide for the acquisition, demolition and removal of the properties.
It is not known at this time how long it will take for the newest funding request to reach the county.