Additional disaster recovery money will be coming Minot's way.
Senator John Hoeven was in Minot this week to announce that Minot and Ward County will receive an additional $40 million dollars in disaster recovery funds.
The bill passed to allocate Community Development Block Grant funds to Sandy disaster communities and included allocations for 2011 disasters also.
Hemphill says the new CDBG-Disaster Recovery funds include new verbiage that states that the funds will need to be spent within two years --- but they can be spent on partial action plans.
Hemphill recently traveled to Newark, New Jersey, for a Department of Housing and Urban Development conference for Disaster Recovery Administrative Training.
In addition to participating in the training, Hemphill was invited to give a presentation at the conference on 'how to assess your unmet needs.'
(Cindy Hemphill, Minot City Finance Director) "I really focused on that you need to know what your city needs are, what your citizen needs are, and then you need to work and coordinate with your federal, state and volunteer partners because the volunteer partners I've found, which we didn't know from the beginning, really have a lot of information that we don't have because they're actually out talking to the citizens more than me who's normally behind my desk and they can really provide some good input on how to allocate your dollars and what programs to put them towards."
City officials will have 90 days to complete action plans and a 45 day public comment period will follow --- like the first set of CDBG funds received.