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    If you have been awarded for an emergency facility generator, did your department use funds to pay for concrete work?

    I am not asking if you can or not; I know the answer. I am asking how many have done so.

  • #2
    We were awarded funding for a station back up generator...to answer your question about the concrete work...NO we did not use any FEMA money for construction work...it is plainly spelled out in the Program Guidence.

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    • #3
      Well, I don't if I would say plainly. But that isn't the point of the thread. Thanks for answering.

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      • #4
        I'm not sure you're going to get many takers on this one. Very few got generators this year, so the odds of having a few posting regularly on the forums would be rare. Plus the way you state it is quite leading, anyone reading it can tell that it can't be something that's allowed.

        Kinda like someone else posting in an ISO forum that they borrow equipment from other departments for their audit. The powers that be do come here often. I wouldn't be surprised if 1 or 2 departments had their grants yanked because they talked about doing something that wasn't allowed in here, which tipped off the FPS that maybe they ought to do an audit.
        Brian P. Vickers
        www.vickersconsultingservices.com
        Emergency Services Consulting
        Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
        Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BC79er
          I'm not sure you're going to get many takers on this one. Very few got generators this year, so the odds of having a few posting regularly on the forums would be rare. Plus the way you state it is quite leading, anyone reading it can tell that it can't be something that's allowed.

          Kinda like someone else posting in an ISO forum that they borrow equipment from other departments for their audit. The powers that be do come here often. I wouldn't be surprised if 1 or 2 departments had their grants yanked because they talked about doing something that wasn't allowed in here, which tipped off the FPS that maybe they ought to do an audit.
          Yeah, I didn't figure anyone who did would admit. What I was really after was those who did and didn't know it was not allowed.

          But your right, the chances of an awardee even being here is slim. Put this one to rest.

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          • #6
            Seems to me that the concrete work for a generator would be only a couple hundred dollars anyway. Why would anybody put the whole award at risk for such a small amount of money!
            Jack Boczek, Chief
            Ashley Community Fire Protection District

            FLATLANDERS FOREVER!

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            • #7
              Yes, the slab is new construction. The grant (including matching funds) cannot fund changes in the footprint of the station, including slabs for emergency generators, radio towers, etc, etc. So if you're putting in the slab, you have to pay for it out of pocket, which basically means that you have to overmatch the cost of the slab. It may mean you have grant funds left over but at that point it's not against the rules.

              Installation can be paid for but it can't pay for the concrete, only the cost of physically putting in the generator and the associated wiring.

              So, this means that if the concrete work cost $500 the you have to pay that out of pocket, and if nothing else changes then your install should only cost $7000 instead of $7500. So that may mean that you have $475 in federal funds and $25 of local funds leftover to spend on something. That can buy a nice desktop computer for fire prevention and other benefits.
              Brian P. Vickers
              www.vickersconsultingservices.com
              Emergency Services Consulting
              Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
              Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jboczek
                Seems to me that the concrete work for a generator would be only a couple hundred dollars anyway. Why would anybody put the whole award at risk for such a small amount of money!
                For the actual cost of the concrete...yes. But to have a general contractor do the work of putting in the concrete pad, we are looking at about $3,000.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BC79er
                  Yes, the slab is new construction. The grant (including matching funds) cannot fund changes in the footprint of the station, including slabs for emergency generators, radio towers, etc, etc.
                  This is where we have a problem with it. Our pad in NO WAY changes the footprint of the station. It is a separate object and is not even close to being part of the station. The Guidance clearly states that installation for a generator is included. I am not sure how they can expect a generator to be installed without a concrete slab. It weighs 2 tons.

                  Anyway, no sense in complaining about it here. No one here can do anything about it.

                  I was just curious how many people had used funds to pay for concrete and didn't know it was against the rules. I believe the Guidance is very misleading in this area and needs addressed. It is too subjective to be turning down payment requests after the fact.

                  We are not happy.

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                  • #10
                    In past PG's and in the Final Rule document (which hasn't changed since 2003) it plainly states no concrete pads. Not sure why the took it out for this PG. but it clearly states what is allowed, and only interior modifications that do not go against historical district rules can be performed.

                    The part about footprint changes is if you are modifying the station itself, not putting in separate entities away from the station. But from an engineering perspective, any time you plant concrete is must be reported on the plat plans for the property with a new survey because concrete = permanent. Yes it could be taken out with a jackhammer, but the litmus test is reasonable effort. As much fun as jackhammers can be, it's a little beyond reasonable to expect the average person to remove an 8" slab.

                    And having done my own concrete patio with 9 yards of mix on site concrete, it's not that hard to handle if cost is an issue. Concrete plus plywood and rebar for a ~400 sq ft patio cost me $900. And if it's in an accessible area for the truck you won't have to wheel it 120 ft around your house when it's 106 degrees in August like my own dumb self did. With 1 wheelbarrow because the other one I rented got a flat on the first load. They gave me my money back but a lot of good that did me when the truck is in front of my driveway. Details.

                    Either way, you're right, nothing can be done at this point. Except to remind people to CLARIFY ambiguous statements like "installation". Being an electrician's son, installation of a generator means to me wiring it in, it has nothing to do with fuel tanks, concrete pads, or anything else. Just switchgear. Like I've always said, subjective perspectives sink apps.
                    Brian P. Vickers
                    www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                    Emergency Services Consulting
                    Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                    Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                    • #11
                      I have done 3 grant apps and won 2 and have never heard of the Final Rule document. Can you please point me to where I can find this document?

                      Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TrojanHorse
                        From the guidance.
                        But before we proceed I am getting a written confirmation for approval of the porject, which will include the slab.
                        If you even mention the concrete they will not approve it. If they do, let me know so I can do the same. I have already had this converstation with FEMA and they will in no way pay for the concrete materials or installation.

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                        • #13
                          The funds may not to be used to supplement new construction.
                          Slabs are new construction no matter where you put them because of the engineering impact to the property. Not that it can or will be sold at any point in the near future (I would hope), from a true real estate & tax perspective you would need a new survey and it would count as a taxable improvement to the property, same as my patio was.

                          Different purposes since I don't see y'all having parties on the generator, but of course it would easily power a refrigerator. Or a Kegerator. Got that one on my list for Santa, but I'm not seeing that happen.
                          Brian P. Vickers
                          www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                          Emergency Services Consulting
                          Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                          Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                          • #14
                            Final Rule, under the PG section



                            The Final Rule is actually the Legalese version of the Program Guidance, i.e. the actual wording of the law on the books. Been out every year since 2001, it just hasn't changed since 2003. Except for the dollar amounts in the program, which aren't in there anyway.
                            Last edited by BC79er_OLDDELETE; 12-21-2005, 12:10 PM.
                            Brian P. Vickers
                            www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                            Emergency Services Consulting
                            Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                            Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                            • #15
                              OK, to make it even more simple, every piece of any project is separate. Putting down concrete is what the contractor calls "installation" but he can also reprice if you put in your own slab. If he doesn't, time to find another one. NORMALLY, yes slabs are PART of an installation package, but since they can't be paid for under this program, they can't be part of your installation as listed on the funding request. Believe me, the feds will own another generator if they find problems at audit time. It will be towed off. They have taken PPE, SCBA, tools, hose, and even trucks after an audit. It's not worth it because after that you may never see another grant award again.
                              Brian P. Vickers
                              www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                              Emergency Services Consulting
                              Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                              Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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