Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Further Study of Application Set Scrutiny to Focus on Specifics for Post-Flood Funding for Buyouts, Relocation

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Further Study of Application Set Scrutiny to Focus on Specifics for Post-Flood Funding for Buyouts, Relocation

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The St. Charles County Council will meet in special session Wednesday to continue its scrutiny of an application for federal money for a buyout of flood-damaged property and to help flood victims relocate.

Consultants, together with an ad hoc committee of county officials, have put together a list of flood-recovery priorities on which federal money would be spent.

County officials have agreed on specifics for their first priority - the purchase of a total of 809 lots in all three of the flood-prone mobile-home parks along the Missouri River north of the city of St. Charles.

At the time of the flood, 369 of the lots were occupied.

The price-tag on the land itself in the three parks is set at $1.76 million for the 220 lots in Missouri Mobile Homes, $1.1 million for the St. Charles Mobile Home Community and $450,000 for Princess Jodi Village. A variety of federal money would be expected to pay for 75 percent of the pre-flood value of these lots, defined as the fair-market value on the county assessor's books.

An additional $1.85 million would be needed to buy and remove about 300 mobile homes in the parks and to clear the land.

The total buyout of the mobile-home parks would require a total of $4,332,500 in federal money, most of which would come from community development block grants and funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The next priority in the flood-recovery program is to use $645,000 in federal money as supplemental relocation assistance to all residents displaced by the flood in the northeast section of the county.

The county's third priority for using federal money calls for adding 200 mobile-home pads at the Deerfield Mobile Home Park to serve as replacement housing for former residents of the bought-out mobile-home parks and other flood-damaged sites.

The plan also calls for developing a 100-lot subdivision of detached homes along Boschertown Road just across Highway 94 from the flooded area.

Most of the mobile homes at the 275-lot Deerfield had water damage in the flood. The mobile-home park is in the city of St. Charles. Part of Boschertown Road also is in the city limits, but other parts of the road form the northern boundary of the city. …

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