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Coal City nears FEMA requirements

Village properties, residencies given notice before necessary demolitions

COAL CITY – The Coal City Village Board heard updates from Village Administrator Matt Fritz on tornado activities in regards to FEMA status, unsafe buildings and the status of donations.

“ComEd has spent $7.8 million after the tornado that goes uncharted,” Fritz said. “That amount goes towards the scope of incident.”

Fritz said the amount spent by ComEd goes a long way toward the $18.3 million needed to trigger the disaster declaration from the federal government. FEMA declaration from the federal government helps the municipality in more than one way.

“It allows two-part assistance,” Fritz said after the meeting. “Money comes back to the community from the federal government and it opens the residents to individual assistance.”

He said if the federal government reimburses the community 75 percent, it will help taxpayers who won’t see taxes rise to pay for the full amount of damage incurred by the village.

Mayor Terry Halliday said they have been tracking the amount spent to know when they reach the amount needed.

Fritz said Joe Schroeder with Grundy County Emergency Management Agency has told him FEMA still is in the process of reviewing the public assistance from government associations.

He said Shroeder told him the Small Business Administration originally indicated they might have met their requirements to offer assistance in the community.

Trustee Neal Nelson said he is disappointed he hasn’t seen Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, visit the village after the tornado.

Unsafe buildings

Fritz also gave the board a list of five residences which will get a posting from the village.

The notice of impending demolition will give the residents 30 days to demolish or repair the residence.

“It’s important for residents to know they need to start the discussion,” Fritz said. “We need to know what is going on at that house.”

The unsafe building list includes buildings at 785 S. Broadway, 1095 S. Broadway, 810 W. Daisy, 610 Eagle Court and 170 Iroquois.

Fritz said they also are tracking 20 homes closely, but they have at least heard from the residents as to what is going on with the property.

Fritz said out of the more than 800 residences affected, they have issued 55 demolition permits and 103 building permits for homes affected.

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