In 2010, under Meshek’s guidance, the City of Kingfisher leveraged $4.0 million in State Bond funds as a local match for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The grant application, prepared by Meshek, included hydrologic analysis of Kingfisher Creek, benefit cost analysis, data collection, historical and archeological clearance for all properties, public meetings, and extensive coordination with OEM and FEMA.
After their HMGP grant was approved in 2011, the City of Kingfisher again contracted with Meshek to manage the grant and perform land acquisition and relocation services.
Of the 48 properties included in the voluntary acquisition program, 34 were acquired and demolished. Because of this, those 34 properties have been removed out of flood harm’s way. In addition, 9 Repetitive Loss (RL) Properties were removed from the State of Oklahoma’s RL list.
Throughout this process, Meshek managed the grant by coordinating/directing the following items:
- Grant Management, including Fiscal Record Keeping, FEMA Reimbursements, Final Audit, Coordination with OEM & FEMA & Quarterly Reports
- Offers and Owner Contact
- Coordination of Phase 1 Environmental Studies
- Title Work
- Closings of 34 Properties
- Relocations Studies and Advisory Assistance, using the Uniform Relocation Act for Tenants Involuntarily Displaced and Supplemental Housing Payments to Owner Occupants
- Coordination and Management of Demolition
Project Fee: $270,000
Notable aspects of the project include the leveraging of Kingfisher’s $2M into a FEMA $8M HMGP grant.