Board of Supervisors Approve Funding to help with Brawley Earthquakes

By Mario Conde

Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved funding to help with Brawley earthquakes at their Tuesday meeting.

Imperial County Community and Economic Development has grant funding available under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program allows the County to procure and use the services of a developer to purchase and offer for sale the rehabilitated home to qualified families. The County, through ICCED, in accordance with NSP guidelines is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the developer used is properly licensed with the State of California. In addition, the developer must have and maintain all required bonding and or insurance as required by the County and that the rehabilitation costs incurred are reasonable and necessary. The construction manager will assist ICCED with the aforementioned requirements and will also ensure that rehabilitated houses meet the current housing code requirements of each jurisdiction in which the dwelling to be rehabilitated houses meet the current housing code requirements of each jurisdiction in which they live.

An RFP was advertise and the winners where the firms of Ericsson-Grant, Inc. and the Holt Group were found to be qualified and responsive in terms of the ability to perform the requested services. Due to the workload it was decided that both consultants would be contracted to expedite the process, said Esperanza Colio, Economic Development Director.

Colio said that emergency assistance is available under the CalHome program for owners of mobile homes where the mobile home is their primary residence and due to August 26, 2012 earthquake swarm suffered major or catastrophic damaged rendering that home inhabitable. ICCED under the CalHome program is able to provide these individuals deferred forgivable loans to either repair or replace their homes.

“The Housing and Community Development Department, through its CalHome program, have approved our decision to select and use Ericsson-Grant and The Holt Group for rehabilitation construction management.”Colio stated.

Supervisor John Renison commended the Economic and Public works department for their good job in responding to those that were affected the most during the earthquake.  Supervisor Castillo asked Colio about the families that lived in mobile homes and were affected by the earthquake. She said that 22 families still live in hotels and 2 families decided to go back to their mobile homes and do the repairs since they were minimal damaged. The Board approved the item 5-0. The board also approved to move their next meeting to Monday October 1st at 11:00a.m. Instead of Tuesday.