What would you do with $20 million? Most of us wouldn’t know where to begin … Build economic resiliency? Build disaster preparedness infrastructure? Both? City Manager Gary Milliman shares detailed insights regarding developing the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) program grant application which could potentially bring those millions to our Brookings-Harbor community.

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Following-up on the City Council meeting of August 24, 2015, Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman provides the whole story for KCIW’s Community Conversations. As part of a national effort to make cities more resilient to disasters, the State of Oregon has chosen two cities – Brookings and Reedsport – to be included in this competitive round of grant funding. Show host Connie Hunter investigates which projects have been selected as being the most grant-worthy and, therefore, most likely to be funded.

Included in the top three projects is developing an alternative water source for benefit of both the residents of the City and the Harbor Water District. The project would include construction of an intertie, a directional bored pipeline under the Chetco River, providing the infrastructure between the City and Harbor Water systems which would be activated in the event of an emergency such as salt water intrusion or a major fire. The grant funding would also provide for the reactivation of the City’s abandoned Tide Rock water source, and much more.

Citizen Involvement Opportunity! Questions or letters expressing support for the project should be directed to City Manager Gary Milliman at Brookings City Hall, 898 Elk Drive, Brookings, OR 97415. Emails are welcome (gmilliman@brookings.or.us)! Milliman is hopeful that residents of Brookings and Harbor will come together to support all of these projects, which offer great economic and public safety resiliency benefits to the Brookings-Harbor Community.

Hosts: Connie Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter, Recording tech: Justin Only, Sound editor: Justin Only

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