City pursuing FEMA grant to acquire flood-prone property

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Council also approves update to land surveying system

By Marty Finley

Elizabethtown City Council on Monday authorized a resolution regarding a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the acquisition and demolition of a flood-prone property at 102 Severns St.

Robert Bush, director of stormwater management, said the city has asked for around $80,000, which would require a match of a little more than $10,000 from the city. The grant, if awarded, would cover the cost of acquisition and demolition as well as other expenses, such as testing for asbestos and restoring the lot, Bush said.

The city also approved a bid from American Engineers Inc. for an update to the city’s geodetic system, a land surveying tool, at $36,575, and surveying monuments to be placed around the city at a cost not to exceed $17,360.

City Engineer Scott Reynolds said the system has not been updated since the late 1990s.