Governor approves disaster funds
LAKE COUNTY — On Oct. 24, Lake County officials learned that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved disaster funding from the State Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund, according to a Lake County Emergency Management press release.
"We really appreciate the approval of this funding," Lake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Howard Ludholtz said. "The county can use the money to fix the roads."
Lake County and all jurisdictions within the county that incurred eligible costs, are eligible for funding related to the response and recovery from the flooding sustained in July 2019, the press release states.
Lake County Emergency Management Director Patrick Maddox said "eligible jurisdictions" include Lake County, the Lake County Road Commission, Lake Township, Webber Township, Pleasant Plains Township and Yates Township.
Funding will be for reimbursement of costs incurred for road and bridge repair and emergency services provided. The amount of funding will hinge on the size of the county and the appropriated budgets of those entities involved, Maddox said.
Several roads in Lake County that suffered damage have already been repaired, and several are in progress; including the 8th Street bridge, Broadway and 24th Street bridge and South Branch Road bridge, Maddox said.
There will be an informational meeting at 1 p.m., Nov. 21., at the Lake County Commissioner's room with state, county and township officials attending.
"We will be meeting with state finance officer Penny Berger to speak specifically about recouping monies already spent for actual response and recovery," Maddox said. "We'd like to get the ball rolling on getting some of that money."
On July 29, Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Lake County. In August, the Lake County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to request the State Disaster and Emergency Contingency funds.