To the Times of Ti:
At our Crown Point (town board) Feb. 9 meeting our new supervisor informed the public that Crown Point is now in the reimbursement phase for the repairs to town roads, which everyone in Crown Point was well aware of the tremendous damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Our highway department did an outstanding job; there is no denying that. Behind the scenes, what most do not realize is a frenzy of paper work. For any type of governmental reimbursement for these emergency situations FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) requires municipalities to track in detail every person’s hours and every item used to bring the infrastructure back to normalcy. Our highway supervisor (Eugene “Peanut” Ingleston) not only coordinated and worked with his men but also had the added responsibility of tracking each and every element used to bring our roads back into existence and make them safe for our community.
The next part of the formula in order for our town to collect even a dollar, the town supervisor, who at that time was Bethany Kosmider, had to collect the data and begin the meticulous task of FEMA required paper work that must be filled out. The data must be tallied from the forms given and entered appropriately in the required FEMA format.
I wanted to extend a thank you to not only our Highway Supervisor, Eugene Ingleston, but also to our Water/Wastewater Plant Operator, Gary Allen, as well each and every town employee, and our volunteer fire and rescue team. You all did an outstanding job in an extreme situation. I would also like to thank the supervisor at that time, Bethany Kosmider, for the diligence and persistence that is needed to meet required deadlines so our town could receive the much needed financial support from our government through FEMA. Planning, organization, and a team willing to work together is best plan any group can incorporate.
Robert Patnode Jr,
Councilman, Town of Crown Point