The County Commission approved EMA’s to applying for a hazard mitigation grant last December. The grant has come through, but they are required to match the amount of $6,667. This grant is through FEMA.

Anita McBurnett, the director of EMA, explained the hazard mitigation plan development for Marshall County. Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. This was due to all the wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other disasters at that time. The reason this was passed was to help communities to look at and better prepare for disasters in their areas. The plan must be updated every 5 years. All of the municipalities, county and school boards must participate in order to be eligible to receive the disaster funding.

She explained that the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011, is a good example. If the county had not been a participant in the plan, they would not have received any money nor would they have received any disaster reimbursement back. This is the reason the mitigation plan is so important.

It will take about a year and a half to update the plan. They will be looking at the threat and hazard identification and risk assessment (THIRA) for the county in detail.

They will be looking at the schools, school safety, hazardous material releases, talking about flooding and doing a lot of tile replacement. They will be increasing the size of some of the pipes. That is part of the mitigation efforts.

The reason they are doing this is to show FEMA that they are prepared and doing what needs to be done to mitigate the disaster situation. It is all hazards and they will be talking about cyber security.

“It is going through the process not so much the plan. If you’re involved as we go through the assessment, it shows we rate these different disasters in our county as very important,” she said.

This will involve the community as well. She said they will be talking with the Sheriff’s Office and others getting details from them to make sure they have good safety and other issues.

Bayshore Estates Lot 27

District 2 approved the preliminary plat for redivision of Lot 27 of Bayshore Estates. County engineer Bob Pirando said owner Ross Adams proposed to subdivide that lot into 3 smaller lots for the sole purpose of requiring permits from TVA for three boat houses. The lots are smaller than the minimum required to build on by the County Commission. They are probably not buildable.

But if someone does decided to build, they are allowed to do it. They would need to speak with the health department about septic usage. They have done this before, Pirando said.

District 2 Commissioner Rick Watson said they have already done this so he has no problems or issues with it. There is another lot that was done this way and there are three more lots in that subdivision that have access to the water. He does not think there is a problem.

District 1 Commissioner Ronny Shumate questioned the reason behind the health department being a part of a boathouse.

It is not necessarily the boathouse, Pirando said, it is that they are building on the water.

Chairman James Hutcheson said for an owner to have a septic tank, the lot requirement is 1,500 square feet unless it is a special engineered septic system.

Other News

  • Juvenile probation is able to apply for a grant in the amount of $500 with the State of Alabama for non-profit status for The Children’s Policy Council of Marshall County, Inc. with no match on the grant.
  • The Commission approved the sale, trade or scrap of fixed assets.

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