Montgomery County clears contracts as Ida’s recovery continues
NORRISTOWN – More than $ 1 million was allocated Thursday in contracts related to recovery efforts underway after the destruction of Hurricane Ida.
The storm swept through the area on September 1 and resulted in historic flooding and an EF-2 tornado in parts of Montgomery County.
More than 4,700 residents of Montgomery County have turned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help, according to the chairperson of the commissioners, Val Arkoosh.
She added that eligible residents and business owners have until Nov. 9 to apply for help from the US Small Business Administration and Nov. 10 to apply for help from FEMA.
A FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Place King of Prussia, located at 440 American Ave. in King of Prussia.
Arkoosh emphasized the importance of this resource and others that are deployed throughout Montgomery County. This is where local residents can get more information about the types of help available, requests and where they are in the process, she said.
“These mobile operations go directly to the communities that have been hardest hit to reach residents where they are,” Arkoosh said.
Additionally, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open Monday through Saturday inside the Health Sciences Gymnasium at the Blue Bell Campus of Montgomery County Community College, located at 340 Dekalb Pike.
Those looking for help can speak to FEMA and SBA representatives for help seeking federal help and getting their questions answered.
Arkoosh noted that Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties are expected to receive “state aid funding” from FEMA following an announcement earlier this month.
“We can use this funding to reimburse our costs related to removing debris, repairing roads and bridges and getting our parks and trails back to normal,” she said.
“As of this week, there are 169 households, totaling 392 people staying in 181 hotel rooms that are paid for by the county pending further assistance,” Arkoosh said, adding that a total of 436 people in 208 households were provided. “With temporary hotel assistance since the start of the disaster.
She then took a moment to highlight nonprofits and community members who continue to help those affected by the storm.
“Our community has really come together to help counter this devastating damage and I want to thank everyone who is involved in this effort,” said Arkoosh.
As families in the area continue to pick up the pieces, the county’s response is also underway. Commissioners on Thursday unanimously authorized agreements covering several county departments, including health and social services, assets and infrastructure.
A previously awarded $ 1 million contract has been re-awarded to Metropolitan Food Inc. dba Driscoll Foods, of Wayne, New Jersey. The deal was originally approved for the Ambler-based Montco Anti-Hunger Network, but Thursday’s amendment “reallocates funds to the vendor providing the food to be delivered directly to pantries.” According to the agreement, the contract remains at the value of $ 1 million.
An approximately six-month contract with Public Health Management Corp., of Philadelphia, which is not expected to exceed $ 193,242, covered the cost of “helping with the grant application, developing the case management program, coordinating housing and language services for residents of Montgomery County affected by Hurricane Ida. “
Under the agreement, the Philadelphia-based company “will operate under [the] management of health and social services personnel and with contracted suppliers. There is another optional six month renewal on the contract.
A $ 144,864 contract with Flyway Excavating Inc., of Mount Joy, Pa., Covered the cost of repairs to the storm-damaged Schuylkill East and Towpath trails.
An agreement of no more than $ 100,000 between the Montgomery County Department of Assets and Infrastructure and Palomino Roofing Company LLC of Philadelphia covered the cost of repairing the roof of the Willow Grove Annex.
A $ 29,200 deal with McLaughlin Spray Foam Insulation Inc., of Chalfont, secured materials to replace insulation inside the Hill Road workshop in Green Lane Park.
Several other contracts authorized at Thursday’s meeting were considered specific tariff agreements.
For example, a number of agreements between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and organizations in the area provide assistance.
An agreement with the County Department of Health and Carson Valley Children’s Aid, of Flourtown, ACLAMO, of Norristown, CADCOM, of Norristown, and the Montgomery County OIC, of Norristown states that the assistance “provides case management services. as needed for residents of Montgomery County affected by Hurricane Ida.
The contract stipulates that the “annual rate per supplier is $ 150,000” and “the daily rates are $ 12 per household depending on the services rendered”.
An agreement between the county health department and the Tri-County YWCA of Pottstown, as well as the SHARE Food Program and Catholic Social Services, both of Norristown, covers the cost of “necessary food services for county residents. de Montgomery touched by Ida ”.
According to the contract, the rates provide for a cost of $ 35 per person per day, according to the contract.
Six-month contract provides “advisory services to coordinate HHS disaster response for residents of Montgomery County in the face of Hurricane Ida.” The six-month deal with Nancy Walsh, of tbdNOW, LLC., Of Lansdale, is expected to cost $ 125 an hour. Another six month renewal period is available.
Asked about the funding associated with these contracts, Deputy Chief Operating Officer Barbara O’Malley clarified that the amounts are eligible for reimbursement following the release of a federal disaster declaration last month by the President. Joe Biden.
In other cases, members of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners have unanimously authorized an extension of a previously established emergency disaster declaration linked to Ida.
Commissioners initially cleared the order on September 2, but formalized it at a meeting on September 9. Lawyer Josh Stein said the clearance will allow officials to “continue to deal with the fallout from this storm.”
Arkoosh encouraged those in need to dial “211” and complete an online needs assessment survey, and acknowledged efforts to help those displaced in the aftermath of the September storm.
For more information and resources, visit montcopa.org/ida.