(Email I sent out today, 9/16/09)
(1) Paul Quairoli – Discuss and hear public comments and consideration for adoption of the Otero County Hazard Mitigation Plan as per FEMA requirements and approve Resolution 09-17-09/98-12 adopting said plan for Otero County.
The resolution adopting this plan says in part (paraphrased):
1. Otero County took grant funds from FEMA to prepare this plan.
2. Local governments must have these plans as a condition of receiving Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funds.
3. Post-disaster mitigation funds are only available to those with approved plans.
This is item 1 on Otero County Regular Meeting tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 17, at 6 pm. It is a public hearing and a vote will be taken. If you want to give your input and wish to see what the plan entails, I have a hard copy available. Call me at 921-1760 to make arrangements to get it.
Ecology and Evironment, Inc. were the recipients of the grant money to prepare this plan. http://www.ene.com/
Please go to their website to educate yourself on this global corporation because they are now in receipt of information on basically all of Otero County's resources, natural and man-made including proprietory property/inventory values not available to the public. http://www.ene.com/service/default.aspx
This is one of those topics that distinguish true Constitutionalists from others. Where do you stand?
What I did not mention in the email is that Ecology and Environment is now aware of all water sources, quality, location in Otero County.
This plan will be updated every five years. Who will do it? And, who will pay for it? (Bet you a steak that E & E already has this on their long range calendar.)
Members of the planning committee included two county, three state and two Ecology and Environment. NO members of the public were included.