Brownsville to take time to review FEMA emergency management plan

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Olivia Niday of the Houston County Emergency Management office was on hand at the Brownsville regular September council meeting.

She requested that the city approve the updated emergency management plan which is required by FEMA every five years in order to be eligible for assistance in the event of a natural disaster.

The document, which is available to read on the county’s emergency management page of its website, would like to have each of the communities in the county sign off on their portion of the plan.

Council member Chelsey Leis said she’d like some time to read it before making a decision.

Niday agreed to come back at a later meeting.

Traff property

The council was informed that a lot in the community owned by Tony Traff would require about two more weeks to get completely cleaned up.

Traff indicated to the council through correspondence that he was working in the Dakota’s and that weekends weren’t enough time to complete the necessary work.

The council granted an extension from a previous Sept. 1 deadline.

• Alan Hanson was granted a variance request of a setback which would only be six feet from the usual 10.

Hanson wanted to put up a car port and the city granted his request. No neighbors came forward in complaint of the request.

• The city began the process of reviewing the budget and the proposed levy for 2018.