Claremore Daily Progress

Oologah/Talala

September 9, 2012

Helm double dips with double chip

FEMA funds repair roadway twice despite guidelines

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CLAREMORE —

Essentially, Helm received duplicate funds for the same roadways for chip and seal repairs within a year.
Helm previously stated that a chip and seal roadway would last for approximately five years or more.
Some of these repairs were for double chip and seal repairs, although no clarification was provided as to if this would be an allowable expense through FEMA.
Oklahoma Emergency Management was contacted to confirm the eligibility of this expense but officials were unable to comment.
Double chip seal roads can last significantly longer than single chip and the majority of the roadways were repaired as double chip roadways.
Anderson was contacted for comment and simply replied, “I couldn’t answer that question right off, Mike usually deals with those questions.”
However, she did say a portion of the roadway was fixed through the snowstorm disaster and the rest was repaired through the alternate project. When asked about the duplication of funds, Anderson said, “They [FEMA] don’t ever pay for the same road twice.”
The documentation explains the situation differently and Anderson prepared the paperwork personally.

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