Councilmembers Adam C. McFadden (South District Representative) and Carolee A. Conklin (At-Large Member) are grateful that after years of work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finally corrected the Special Flood Hazard Area designation that was wrongly placed on the Corn Hill Neighborhood.
In 2008, FEMA released a map citing Corn Hill to be a community that required additional flood insurance in conjunction with normal home owners insurance policies, costing homeowners in Corn Hill thousands of dollars each year.
“I am a resident of Corn Hill and have been advocating for my neighbors for years and am thankful to Bergmann Associates for the work that they did in 2015 to verify that this designation was an error and ultimately resulted in this correction,” said Councilmember Conklin. “The homeowners in Corn Hill will be thrilled to hear that this has been rectified and their insurance rates can return to normal. Some Corn Hill residents have had to pay $4,000 – $5,000 for flood insurance because of the error.”
This legislation along with additional back up materials (link) were submitted to the Council on March 8th.
“As the South District Representative, I have fought for years to have this map corrected. It has been unfair to my constituents that they had to pay for FEMA’s mistake,” said Councilmember McFadden. “On the 22nd of this month, this legislation will be one that I will be voting in favor of, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
The Rochester City Council will vote on this legislation first at the Parks and Public Works Committee Meeting on Thursday, March 17th at 4:35pm, and upon discharge from Committee, the Council will vote on this legislation on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting. Both meetings will be held in the Council Chambers located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall (30 Church Street, Downtown Rochester).