BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has been recognized with the 2017 Environmental Planning Award, by the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association.
The award recognizes the city for development of a hazard mitigation plan…created in 2008 and last updated in 2013. The City of Beatrice began acquiring structures located in flood zones in the mid-1990s and has purchased 13 properties that sustained repetitive losses from flooding. City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says that acquisition program is largely completed.
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Hazard mitigation plans are required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for communities to tap grant support for projects that head off adverse effects.
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A FEMA grant can reimburse the city for three-fourths of the cost to update the plan. Tempelmeyer says next up for the city regarding hazard mitigation, may be projects that address runoff.
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The Environmental Planning Award was presented to the city during the Nebraska Annual Planning Conference banquet held Thursday night, in Kearney.