Jun 11, 2012 at 9:06 am
SARTELL, MN (KNSI) - When the Sartell City Council meets Monday night, they will vote on a Declaration of Emergency relating to last month's Verso paper mill explosion and fire.
The timing of the declaration may seem belated, but city administrator Patti Gartland says it would not be the first such declaration in response to the event.
"We had a proclamation of local emergency during the event...this resolution will provide longevity to that proclamation," Gartland said.
Aside from longevity, Gartland said this new formal declaration could give Sartell access to funds to help off-set the cost of their response.
"There are some avenues of potential reimbursement or recovery of our response event that would require this type of declaration in order for us to even be able to potentially access the funds."
Reimbursement could be key for the city as estimates are showing a high cost associated with the response to that Memorial Day disaster.
"Our quick and dirty estimate on the collective cost of response, from the fire response aspect only, is right around half a million dollars," Gartland said. "We had a total of 91 fire departments that assisted with that response and collectively the guestimate is about half a million dollars."
The Sartell City Council will also get an update on the status of the paper mill. Last week, Verso released a statement saying repairs to the mill could take several months to complete.
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