First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield has received a Project Worksheet (PW) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Penfield Pavilion project. This worksheet was developed in conjunction with the Town qualifying for the FEMA “50% rule” as reported earlier.
The PW is for $6,590,000 or $4,600,000 more than the original draft PW from FEMA. As a result of this additional funding, the Town will be reimbursed at the 75% reimbursement rate for the full replacement cost including all new codes and standards, such as elevation and other damage mitigation enhancements.
First Selectman Tetreau stated, “This positive news allows the Town to be reimbursed for approximately $3,000,000 more than we would have been if the Town had accepted FEMA’s original proposed reimbursement of $1.9 million.” First Selectman Tetreau added, “Town officials could have given up, settled for less and reopened Penfield with less delay. To do so would, however, have resulted in significantly greater cost to the taxpayers of Fairfield.
First Selectman Tetreau credited this successful outcome to team members from the State of Connecticut, FEMA Region I and its consultants, CFO Robert Mayer, Fairfield’s Director of Public Works, Joe Michelangelo, and federal officials for their dedication, optimism and perseverance. First Selectman Tetreau said, “The partnership between our town, the state and federal officials was key in us never giving up and working hard to build an iron-clad case on behalf of Fairfield’s citizens.”