It has been more than two years since Hurricane Matthew left areas of Wayne County under floodwater.
On Tuesday, Wayne County commissioners are expected to apply for nearly $4.5 million to help relocate 74 homeowners whose homes were damaged by the 2016 storm.
The meeting will get underway with an 8 a.m. agenda briefing followed by the formal session at 9 a.m. Both will be held in the commissioners’ meeting room on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex.
The funding will be through the State Acquisition Relocation Fund program that will provide additional money for those persons who were approved for the property buyout program under the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Wayne County received approximately $8.4 million through that grant for acquisition of 84 parcels flooded by Hurricane Matthew.
The county is requesting $4.477 million in SARF funds for the relocation of 74 homeowners — $60,500 per homeowner — including moving allowance and service delivery costs.
Ten of the 84 parcels are not eligible for SARF funds.
The county does not intend to provide SARF assistance to relocate in the 100-year floodplain.
The county has contracted with RSM Harris Associates Inc. to manage the acquisition project and the relocation activity associated with it.
Harris Associates staff will determine comparable housing units; advise homeowners of housing options; and work with surveyors, lenders and closing attorneys in the purchase of the replacement house.
The staff also will inspect replacement houses prior to closing to show the houses meet HUD requirements for decent, safe and sanitary housing.
Harris staff will determine moving allowance payments for each family; request payment from the county; will review closing statements; and request funds from county for attorney’s trust account for replacement house closing.
The staff will attend closings to provide assistance and advice as necessary and will provide monthly reporting of activities.
The county anticipates completing the 74 relocations this year.
Also on the agenda are:
•Presentations by Finance Director Allison Speight on the county’s quarterly financial statement for fiscal year 2018-2019 through Dec. 31, 2018. She also will present the quarterly financial statement for the same period for the Wayne County Tourism Development Authority.
•A motion to approve a change in the senior center hours.
•A motion to approve a resolution recognizing the retirement of Wayne County ABC board business manager Michael D. Myrick, and the presentation of a retirement plaque and certificate.
•A work session on the use of the former Bussmann building, 210 Dixie Trail.
Public comments will start at 9:05 a.m. Speakers will have four minutes to comment on their topic of choice.
Consent agenda items include budget amendments and a motion to approve changes to the bylaws for the Wayne County Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee.