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Executive Parisi Announces $900,000 in County Funds to Support Pheasant Branch Conservancy Repairs after 2018 Flooding

October 18, 2019
Scott Adrian, (608) 266-2444
County Executive

County presents Middleton More Than $300,000 FEMA Check

Today, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi joined Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar and Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy representatives to announce that Dane County will award $500,000 from the 2019 Park and Trail Flood Repair Grant program to the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. These funds are in addition to the $400,000 Parisi is including in his 2020 Budget to expedite the cleanup and flood repair of the beloved outdoor recreation destination.

“Pheasant Branch Conservancy is one of our region’s most valued recreational resources, but it is still reeling from last summer’s record flooding,” said County Executive Parisi. “We owe it to our communities to show our resiliency, and these dollars will help ensure the outdoor recreation destinations that Dane County residents love to visit can be restored for continued safety and enjoyment.”

The $1 million Park and Trail Flood Repair Grant program was included in the 2019 County Budget to aid communities in recouping flood damage costs due to last year’s flooding. The grants match local dollars for repairing park or trail facilities and are sponsored by local units of government or non-profit organizations. Pheasant Branch Conservancy’s proposed grant award is one of six being recommended for action by the Dane County Board.

“The city is pleased and excited to be working with Dane County in fixing the flood damage from 2018 to our Pheasant Branch Conservancy Creek Corridor,” said Middle Mayor Brar. “Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a wonderful paradise for the whole region to enjoy in peace and tranquility.”

In addition to today’s announcement, Dane County Emergency Management Director Charles Tubbs was on hand to present a check from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the City of Middleton for expenses related to the flooding of 2018. Tubbs presented Mayor Brar with a check for $328,985.44.

Dane County’s 2019 Park and Trail Flood Repair Grant awards are contingent on the project sponsor entering into a grant agreement with the county that will specify the program requirements and applicable grant conditions for each project. All recipients of Dane County’s 2019 Park and Trail Flood Repair Grant can be found below:

A resolution awarding the 2019 Park and Trail Flood Repair Grant awards was introduced at last night’s County Board meeting.  It is expected the $1 million total for all the projects will pass the County Board by the end of November.

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