The homeowner’s lawsuits between themselves, the City and their insurance carriers have been settled. Basically, the major issue was who would pay how much and to whom. This will allow everyone to be on the same page and move forward with what really matters… getting the hill repaired. This will now give workers the right-of-way to commence work on the hill that has been long overdue and stuck in a quagmire by legal process.
The construction plans are complete, save for a few changes to satisfy the homeowners. These plans should be complete this month and will be ready to go out to bid in early February, with final bids acceptance in March. A contractor will then be selected and approved by City Council. If all goes well and the rains don’t impede activity, construction will commence in April and be completed in September 2007. As they say, “from our mouths to God’s ears”.
The City has communicated with FEMA, who’s funding is still undetermined, and further explained the reasons for the delays in the project and the necessity for the City’s extension request. While they have not heard back from FEMA, the City is obligated to move forward with the project in accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement with the homeowners.
Therefore, THE PROJECT WILL MOVE FORWARD REGARDLESS OF WHAT FEMA FUNDS OR DOESN’T FUND.
As a side note, the City purchased the house at 10745 Cranks (the blue and orange one). The official explanation is that it made the settlement agreement less complicated. The house will remain as-is unless it is determined that repairing the hill would be easier if it were demolished. After the completing of the repair, the property will probably be sold by the City to whoever wants to purchase the property.