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Northern Michigan, U.P.

communities impacted by deep freeze eligible


for $7.5 million in aid
Gov. Snyder says state moving quickly to make funds available
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
LANSING, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder today said the state is moving swiftly to inform 32 communities
in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula of their eligibility for assistance in repairing critical
infrastructure damaged during last winters deep freeze. The communities, which applied last month
for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program support, are being advised of
potential funding for their projects.
Many of our northern communities on both sides of the bridge were hit hard by the deep freeze and
need help, Snyder said. The damage to critical water and sewer mains poses serious threats as
the coming winter approaches. Our priority is to get these funds into eligible communities to allow
them to begin repairs or reimburse them for work already underway.
In July, Snyder announced an initial $6 million in assistance for Upper and Lower Peninsula counties
that had declared a local emergency declaration or received a governors emergency declaration
after sustaining heavy infrastructure damage due to extremely cold temperatures and deep frost
levels last winter.
The Deep Freeze program, administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., (MEDC),
has sent letters and emails to applicant communities to provide them an update on the status of their
applications. When the process is completed and all required information is submitted, MEDC will
seek any necessary additional funding through the Michigan Strategic Fund to total this $7.5 million
in eligible projects.
Thirty-two communities in 12 counties Alger, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet,
Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Luce, Mackinac and Marquette are eligible to receive the CDBG funds to
repair damaged water and sewer mains, roads and other vital infrastructure.
Each community will be required to provide written certification that the funds it receives will address
damage that occurred to public infrastructure resulted directly from the extreme weather conditions
between Nov. 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014. The communities must respond to this commitment letter
by Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. Two weeks later, on Sept. 30, communities that continue in the
program must submit documentation to complete the application process and CDBG compliance
items.

In addition to the Deep Freeze CDBG, Snyder has opened an application period for the Disaster and
Emergency Contingency Fund through the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and
Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to potentially provide financial assistance to northern
Michigan and U.P. communities impacted by last winters deep freeze. Charlevoix, Cheboygan,
Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Gogebic, Luce, Mackinac and Marquette counties and their respective
communities are eligible to apply due to receiving a governors emergency declaration.
Eligible counties and communities affected by the deep freeze may apply for assistance grants for
up to $100,000 or 10 percent of the previous years operating budget, whichever is less.
The Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund is used when communities demonstrate an
exhaustion of local resources during a disaster or emergency. The money can be applied toward the
immediate prevention, response and recovery of a disaster or emergency and may cover overtime
for public employees, contracts used during the response, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the
response and repair of public buildings and infrastructure.
Under extraordinary circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the Disaster
and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide state assistance to counties and municipalities when
federal assistance is not available. For more information, affected communities are encouraged to
contact their local emergency management coordinators.
MEDC will continue to work with the MSP/EMHSD to ensure a coordinated response to deep freeze
issues in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Snyder declared a state of emergency on April 17 for Marquette County to ensure all possible state
resources, in accordance with the Michigan Emergency Management Plan, would be provided to
assist the local response to the damage caused by last winters extremely cold temperatures and
deep frost levels. On May 7, the emergency declaration was amended to include Charlevoix,
Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Gogebic, Luce and Mackinac counties.
Below is a list of communities and their eligible funding totals.


DEEP FREEZE ELIGIBLE FUNDING
Name CDBG Eligible
Charter Township of Kinross $2,583.00
Cheboygan CRC $20,419.00
City of Bessemer $615,743.00
City of Charlevoix $114,299.00
City of Crystal Falls $15,035.00
City of Escanaba $11,940.72
City of Gladstone $298,825.00
Township of Bear Creek $105,000.00
City of Iron River $75,568.62
City of Ironwood $531,299.00
City of Ishpeming $999,900.00
City of Marquette $481,267.00
City of Munising $170,935.00
City of Negaunee $427,170.75
City of Petoskey $96,254.94
City of Sault Ste. Marie $968,403.00
City of St. Ignace $995,455.00
City of Wakefield $56,744.45
County of Marquette $3,412.96
Township of Adams $67,735.00
Township of Bessemer $494,376.00
Township of Calumet $161,500.00
Township of Ely $27,023.51
Township of Forsyth $14,452.50
Township of Ishpeming $61,635.77
Township of Maple Ridge $5,952.00
Township of Powell $11,804.00
Township of Republic $34,895.00
Township of St. James $94,700.00
Village of Calumet $139,400.00
Village of Laurium $258,300.00
Village of Newberry $146,954.00
TOTAL $7,508,983.22

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