FEMA Grant Application Extension Approved

A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) award that has been the subject of discussion at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has had its deadline for applications extended to November 30, 2020.

Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) last week executed a public records request to the Governor’s Office Of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GHOSEP) for documents related to the $2.9 million award, and the extension request and approval were among the items we received.

The extension request was dated 8/17/20, the same date as the letter notifying the LPPJ of the award.

See here the extension request.

The extension was approved on 9/4/20, four days prior to the 9/8/2020 police jury meeting where the grant was discussed.

See here the extension approval.

As of late yesterday afternoon, no project applications for this award have been received by GOHSEP, according to their office.

This extension was the second asked for and received.

On May 19, 2020, a 90-day extension was requested to “allow subapplicants the opportunity to complete their project subapplications which is an integral step in creating resilient communities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).”

See here the extension request.

That extension was approved on 6/24/2020.

See here the approval letter.

Several other documents show that the grant award was in the works as early as June of 2019. Here are the documents:

June 26, 2019 – Policy and requirements
September 9, 2019 – Initial cost estimates
March 19, 2020 – Revised cost estimates

It is unclear to what degree local governmental entities – Lincoln Parish Police Jury, City of Ruston, Louisiana Tech, etc – were involved in the early stages of the process, or were in the loop when correspondence was exchanged.

22 Responses to “FEMA Grant Application Extension Approved”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Excellent investigative work!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Wouldn’t those cost estimate documents indicate that plans had been submitted? Those were dated as far back as September 2019. I thought nobody knew about this until August 2020?

      • Anonymous Says:

        You are so right!! The lack of factual information tells me that there is a big problem with this police jury! The new guns came in with the agenda of improvement!!! What a joke!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    More Investigations into political actions is what is needed.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous is correct! We now need all paper work submitted by Lincoln Parish!!! We need the resolution signed by the jury giving Kip Franklin the authority to apply. The jurors who supported giving the money to Ruston and Tech without understanding what was happening should be recalled. This jury is the biggest circus I have ever watched!

    • Anonymous Says:

      That would require a public records request. Guess who is in charge of granting those. Postel.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It really does’t matter. The parish does not have the money for the matching funds. La Tech and Ruston do, so let them get the benefit which will benefit all of us anyway.

    • Anonymous Says:

      It wasn’t just the jury. Let’s not forget the meeting the new parish administrator talked about that didn’t include members of the jury where he overstepped his position and signed it all away (or at least attempted to) before telling the jury about it. The jury just “ratified” his decision.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Postel won’t last long .

      • Anonymous Says:

        You have to wonder if stuff like this is why he was dismissed from the community college. We still don’t have an answer to that question yet.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Walker has been moaning about the city having no money and now all of a sudden he can come up with a million dollars? Hmmmmm…

  5. Jennifer Calloway Says:

    I am so glad my husband did not get this job–although I’m certain his appointment wouldn’t have started with this much controversy and contention.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Kip Franklin, Joe Henderson and Postel out right misled the jury and the public!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Fire them all

  8. Anonymous Says:

    As heard before: Lincoln Parish politics more crooked than Jefferson and Orleans parishes

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I’m just waiting for someone to connect the dots.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Well, rumor has it the $3 million has evaporated anyway, so everyone ought to be satisfied. No one got any of it.
    It was not realistic to expect a small local government to have time to develop a project to spend the money, that met the federal guidelines anyway. As I understand it, this grant was NOT applied for by the Police Jury or any other local body; it was sent by FEMA to the state which decided to pass it along to the storm-affected area: Lincoln parish.
    Any time the Police Jury, Kip, or the city apply for a grant, they either have a need in mind for it, or have time to develop detailed plans for its use if it happens.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Yeah. And the new juror’s claim to integrity has evaporated as well. The people will never trust them now.

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