Meanwhile, he noted, while FEMA has decided that it will not pay to have the historic Blenheim Covered Bridge replaced — it was destroyed in the same flood — the agency has agreed to reimburse the county for the construction of a 6,000-foot community gathering site that would include a gazebo-like structure.
That decision came about as a result of a successful appeal filed by the county in the face of an earlier FEMA decision to deny funding.
One option being considered by the county is to spend up to $1.7 million for the gathering site and gazebo.
Since the flood, Schoharie County has received a total of $15.9 in funding from FEMA and $5 million from the state Emergency Management Office for assistance in repairing or replacing flood-damaged properties, according to Cherry. The county was one of the hardest hit in the region by the back-to-back disasters inflicted by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.