Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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June 4, 2013

Moore city budget likely to change

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NORMAN —

Executive Recovery Group will watch what debris is loaded at sites and will make sure it’s eligible debris. The monitoring will be electronically tracked, avoiding the mounds of paperwork often associated with disasters.

“We’ve done this the last several storms,” Eddy said.

The difference is the new electronic technology will make the process much easier and is recommended by FEMA. Eddy said the cost of the monitoring is a FEMA-eligible reimbursement.

Two residents spoke to city council members about needing variance from city ordinances to build appropriate storm shelters in their yards. Ralph Marshall said he has lived in Moore for 25 years.

He needs part of his shelter to be in the front yard so his wife, who has diabetes and can’t walk, won’t have to make her way through a locked gate to a backyard shelter.

City leaders said aesthetic concerns voiced by residents about front-yard shelters had prompted the city code, but residents can appeal to the Board of Adjustment to get a variance.

“If there’s a medical reason, I wouldn’t want to deny anyone a storm shelter,” Lewis said.

While discussion of requiring shelters at least on new construction for apartments, senior housing and assisted living centers is ongoing, most city council members indicated that they would be uncomfortable with requiring shelters in all new homes.

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