COUNTY REQUESTS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN
ELMIRA-- Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss, on behalf of all municipalities, is asking residents to give their feedback on the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. County Executive Moss explains that the County Planning Department and Emergency Management Office are currently leading the required five-year update of this plan. Part of the requirements of the planning process is that the public have the opportunity to give their input. “The focus of this particular plan is to assess all the natural hazards that can impact our County and all its municipalities, and then determine strategies and actions that we can take to help reduce or eliminate damage from these natural hazards in the future. We are asking the public to tell us how they have been affected in past disasters, and we will continue to ask for their feedback on future actions as we move forward in the planning process.”, Moss said.
The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is required by both the Federal government and New York State to remain eligible for various grants and funding opportunities. In the past two years, having an approved plan has made Chemung County eligible for the following mitigation grants that were authored in whole or in part by County staff, and have now been awarded, totaling $764,501.00:
- BRIC Tree Mitigation Program Creation: $122,051
- HMGP-4480 Hazard Mitigation Update 2025: $150,00
- HMGP-4480 application with Cornell Cooperative Extension for an Urban Green Equity Program creation, benefiting disadvantaged communities within Chemung County: $250,000
- HMGP-4615 Christian Hollow Mitigation Design Study: $150,000
- HMGP-4615 17th St Stormwater Retention Basin Study benefiting Elmira Hts: $45,500
- HMGP-4615 Larchmont High Hazard Dam Design Study benefiting Town of Elmira: $46,950
Information about the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and the Public Survey #1: Hazards is available online on the Chemung County website: https://www.chemungcountyny.gov/1055/Hazard-Mitigation-Plan Residents who don’t have access to the internet at home can visit their local public library branch to use their publicly available computers, or there are also hard copies of the information and the public survey available at each library branch and at the Chemung County Clerk’s Office, 210 Lake Street in Elmira, or visit your local municipal office where copies of the information and survey will also be available.