At its Tuesday night meeting, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council took action to move forward on utilizing more than $7 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds awarded to the town.
The council unanimously approved a resolution giving Mayor James Barberio the authority to execute a grant agreement with FEMA in the amount of $7,220,206. Those dollars are slated to go toward acquiring and elevating Lake Hiawatha buildings deemed "substantially damaged" in last summer's unprecedented floods.
Another resolution passed would allow a portion of the FEMA funds to be used to hire Architectural Design Associates of Clifton to work on elevations at six severely damaged addresses in lower Hiawatha.
Business Administrator Jasmine Lim said the firm was chosen because of its experience with raising flood-damaged properties.
"They have completed elevations in Little Falls," she said. "They come highly recommended."
Lim explained that the resolution is intended to help for property owners who have had plans prepared and have received proposals from contractors, "but without FEMA in mind."
"This company knows the ins and outs of dealing with FEMA," she said.
The six affected addresses are:
- 7 Chesapeake Ave.
- 17 Chesapeake Ave.
- 60 Lake Shore Drive
- 49 River Road
- 67 River Road
- 6 Seminole Ave.
A third resolution passed by the entire council authorizes the mayor to submit an application to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for 2012 Community Development Block Grant funds.