Co. must replace floodplain manager
County officials couldn’t have foreseen in early March that a vacancy in the planning department would negatively impact its potential to receive funding from the state to solve an ongoing flooding problem along Verner Road.
But county leaders learned at a meeting with state emergency management officials this week that being “out of compliance” could jeopardize that funding.
“You do have some time – 60 to 90 days,” Jana Henderson with MEMA’s Office of Mitigation said Monday. “(But) somebody has to be in place to apply for this grant.”
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Town reviewing remote read meter bids
Four companies are vying for a chance to provide remote read water meters for the Town of Tunica.
Mayor Chuck Cariker along with Mike Wrenn of the Town of Tunica’s public works department and deputy Town Clerk Charles Hailey opened and read bids for the water meter project on Friday, April 22. Submitting bids were: Central Pipe, HD Supply, Southern Pipe and Meter Services. Cariker told company representatives that engineer Jeff Oldham would review all bids and make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen at their next meeting on May 3.
The lowest bid was submitted by Meter Services, who was offering RG3 Tesla meters. They estimated costs at $354,512. The next lowest bidder was HD Supply, who projected costs for their Census meters at $380,839. The highest bid was submitted by Central Pipe, who was offering Badger meters for $442,080. Southern Pipe bid $424,300 and was offering Master meters.
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Mitigation could solve Verner Rd. flooding issues
County, state and federal officials may now be exploring a more permanent solution to recurrent flooding along Verner Road.
At a meeting at the Tunica Emergency Operations Center last week, officials discussed a handful of homes that have been impacted by major flooding at least three times since 2000.
FEMA Branch Manager Rupert Dennis said the recurring flooding might be solved through a state hazard mitigation program that is federally funded.
“The feds give money to the state for mitigation,” Dennis said, “and the state makes an analysis.”
“We have four houses (on Verner Road) that are damaged every time,” District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson noted.
“Does the county start (the process)?” District 3 supervisor Phillis Williams asked.
County EMS director Randy Stewart asked if a local application would be made through the mitigation program or through FEMA’s public assistance program.
“You don’t have a public assistance declaration right now,” Dennis answered, explaining that the process begins from the bottom up. [Editor’s note: Near presstime, Tunica County was approved for FEMA infrastructure assistance.]
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