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Beekmantown discusses lack of FEMA relief

— The Beekmantown Town Council discussed, at their Aug. 15 meeting, the lack of flood-damage relief for individuals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Council member Sydney Sue Garrant said there were lots of citizens in Beekmantown who were struggling to repair and return to their homes.

“All people were looking for was low-interest loans,” Garrant said. “No one was expecting the federal government to pay for their property.”

Town clerk Kelly LaFountain responded to an audience member who spoke about the differential treatment between Vermont and New York flood victims.

“I do know that when FEMA had come in to talk to us that day, they were surprised by the lack of the data report sheets,” LaFountain said, adding the town had only received two or three. “To them it looked like there was no need.”

In other business, the town council decided to ask the town planning board to examine and consider adopting parts of a solid waste management law from the town of Plattsburgh.

“It’s quite comprehensive, to say the least,” Town Supervisor Dennis Relation said of the Plattsburgh law.

It would serve as a reference, according to Garrant.

“We’re going to study it and see how we can come to some sort of agreement with what we would like in our town,” Garrant said.

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