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Mount Kisco Studies Bids to Cut Disaster Losses

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — With a little help from FEMA, Mount Kisco should soon be on its way to establishing safer conditions to prevent flooding and other hazards.

Village Manager Jim Palmer presented the Board of Trustees with bid proposals from two companies to help the village develop and implement a hazard mitigation plan, which will be funded in part by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The plan will “look at our hazards comprehensively, flooding being the greatest one, not just in the downtown but villagewide," Palmer said.

The FEMA funding came after Tropical Storm Irene hit the village in August, causing major flooding in Shoppers Park and hurting businesses on South Moger Avenue.

At the board's most recent meeting, Palmer said the two companies have developed similar plans in other communities. Tetra Tech EC Inc. of New Jersey bid $73,863, and Environmental Technology Group from Long Island bid $43,628.

The range between the two bids is large, but Palmer reassured the board. “Our consulting engineers are reviewing both proposals.”

In November, the trustees were notified that the village would receive a grant of $100,000 from FEMA, provided that they make a $25,000 match, to use to implement a hazard mitigation plan.

More recently, the village received $197,000 from FEMA in March that was designated for repairing damages caused by Irene.

The village must submit a draft of its hazard mitigation plan to the New York State Office of Emergency Management by April 10, 2013, according to FEMA. The plan will address other potential hazards, including dangers that may arise during a disaster from the Halstead-Quinn Propane facility on Hubbels Drive, Palmer said.

The development of a hazard mitigation plan is an essential part of disaster preparedness planning, Palmer said. It also makes it more likely that the village will receive more federal and state funding for hazard mitigation.

Palmer said he will update the board with more information after the village's consulting engineers review the bids.

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