Officials agree to Lone Grove tornado cleanup

The Associated Press Published: April 5, 2009

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Elfert said she was told that Commissioner Kevin Robinson would be doing some of the debris removal as a service to the city, "above and beyond the $90,000."

Robinson said he would continue to do the cleanup, but he expected to be reimbursed by the city for 87.5 percent of his expenses. Robinson said he would be willing to absorb the 12.5 percent local cost.

On Friday, the commissioners offered to take over the entire debris removal project in Lone Grove and be responsible for meeting the 12.5 percent local funding requirement. FEMA's contract is with Lone Grove, so the county will have to provide necessary documentation to the city so Lone Grove can reimburse them for expenses.

"If the county does something that is ineligible (for FEMA reimbursement), the county will absorb the cost," Robinson said.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management will monitor all documents to ensure they comply with FEMA rules and regulations, officials said.

Elfert said the county's help is appreciated.

"We'll reimburse you for everything you've done."