(A condensed version)
Purpose of Alternate Projects:
“This policy provides guidance on allowable uses and limitations of alternate project funds when restoration of the original damaged facility is not in the best interest of the public.”
Limitations: Ineligible Uses of Alternate Funds
- Repayment of debts.
- Meeting budget shortfalls.
- Creating a new community plan that extends beyond the alternate project building (e.g., a new master plan for a school, university, or hospital campus).
- Landscaping projects.
- The purchase of supplies, furniture, and equipment costing less than $5,000 per unit (considered an operating expense).
- To pay the non-federal share of any project, nor any operating expenses. [If any project receives any federal money, e.g. Bridge 14, anticipated work on the arch bridge inWilliamsville, the Town cannot use the funds from the alternate projects fund.]
- Construction of a facility that would not be eligible for Public Assistance Program funding a subsequent disaster.
- Can be divided and used on multiple projects to repair, expand, mitigate, or construct a facility that would be an eligible facility under the Public Assistance Program.
- May be used across all permanent work categories (such as expanding an existing
- a. Upgrading a substandard undamaged road that is subject to repeated flooding.
- b. Upgrading a facility to mitigate future disaster damage whether or not the facility was damaged by the event.
- c. Relocating, as a mitigation measure, undamaged facilities such as roads and utilities that are subject to repetitive damage.
- d. Purchasing pieces of equipment (such as scientific equipment, telecommuni-cations switches, fire trucks, vehicles, etc.) that exceed $5,000 per unit, and have a useful life or a year or more. Demolishing an outdated maintenance building (non-emergency work) and using the funds to construct a new water treatment plant (at the same location.)